Speaking of Shakespeare Link

Speaking of Shakespeare
In 2008 the Guild focused most of its efforts on programs at the NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, which provided the setting not only for several Speaking of Shakespeare events but for a Gielgud Award ceremony in honor of Patrick Stewart.

One of the highlights of our season was a May gathering with playwright EDWARD ALBEE, an artist widely regarded as America's most distinguished living playwright. Among other things, Mr. Albee talked about the influence that Shakespeare and other writers had had on works such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Goat. In June we spoke with Artistic Director JEFFREY HOROWITZ, who reported on Theatre for a New Audience's plans for a new home in the performing-arts district of Brooklyn.

In September two prominent lexicologists, FRED SHAPIRO and JESSE SHEIDLOWER, talked about Shakespeare's impact on the English language. In October JAY HALIO of the University of Delaware talked about the problems involved in producing annotated scholary editions of works such as The Merchant of Venice. In November architect HUGH HARDY discussed his approach to renovating venues such as Radio City Music Hall, the New Victory Theatre, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music; he then responded to questions about his plans for Theatre for a New Audience's new home in the BAM district. In December GAIL KERN PASTER provided a fascinating overview of her roles as Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill, an institution that houses the world's largest collection of printed books and related material about the poet.

For details about offerings that have been presented in other seasons, click on the years that follow: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. And for information about upcoming programs, visit our Current Events page.