The Shakespeare Society


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December 7 at 7pm
Shakespeare Talks
A Collaboration with Atlantic Theater Company
At the Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street
Click HERE for tickets. $15 for Members & $20 for Non-Members.* 

An onstage conversation with Rolin Jones about Billie Joe Armstrong's smashing adaptation of Much Ado About Nothingset in 1960s swinging London. Featuring the show's director Jackson Gay, bookwriter Rolin Jones, and Artistic Director Michael Sexton.

*Contact Jackie Tralies for the membership discount code. 

December 14 at 7 pm
Shakespeare Talks 
In Association with Players Foundation for 
Theatre Education
At The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South
Click HERE for tickets. $15 for Members & $20 for Non-Members.* 

At the turn of the 19th century, acting styles were changing rapidly. In the Stanford White designed main hall of the Players, we take a behind-the-scenes look at the original promptbooks forHamlet and Richard III as kept by Edwin Booth and John Barrymore - two titans of American Shakespeare. The evening will include scenes from the plays. In 1888, Edwin Booth founded The Players, and his living quarters can be viewed at the club. A special collaboration with The Players Foundation and the Hampden-Booth Theatre Library.

*Contact Jackie Tralies for the membership discount code. 

February 22 at 7pm
A Collaboration with Theatre for a New Audience 
At Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn
FREE for Shakespeare Society Members*

Shakespeare's Pericles is one of his most fanciful, unpredictable and genre-defying plays -- full of riddles and resurrections, shipwrecks, lost daughters, and a veritable travelogue of the Near East. It is also a deep and moving look at human fragility, broken families, missed opportunities, and the power of individual dignity in the face of "the thousand naturals shocks that flesh is heir to." Come join us as we examine this puzzling and delightful play with cast members from a new production at Theatre for a New Audience's Polonsky Shakespeare Center, directed by the master himself, Trevor Nunn.

March 7 at 7:30pm
Special Event
A Collaboration with Red Bull Theater
With Chukwudi Iwuji
At the Lucille Lortel Theater
Click HERE for tickets.* $30 for Members & $42 for Non-Members. 

The Shakespeare Society teams up with Red Bull Theater to present Coriolanus as part of their OBIE Award-Winning Revelation Readings series. What was Shakespeare's take on politics? Between the competing claims of democracy and aristocracy, amidst the din of ravished citizens and rageful soldiers, blooms a personal tragedy of one man's, and a mother's, emotional blindness. Chukwudi Iwuji (Old Vic's Richard III, TFANA'sTamburlaine, and The Public's King Lear) will star, and Shakespeare Society Artistic Director Michael Sexton will direct.

*Members, contact Jackie Tralies at (212) 967-6802 for discount code. 

March 21 at 7 pm
Shakespeare and Modern Poetry
With Robert Pinsky
At the Kaye Playhouse, 68th Street between Park and Lexington
FREE for Shakespeare Society Members*

For centuries Shakespeare's plays and poetry have provided rich food for the imaginations of other poets. Robert Pinsky (former Poet Laureate of the United States) will lead us in a fascinating exploration of the influence of Shakespeare on a few important poets of the 20th and 21st centuries. From Yeats and Eliot to Langston Hughes and Allen Ginsberg, modern poetry is an illuminating, and sometimes wonderfully surprising, prism through which to view Shakespeare. The evening will focus first on poems that address Shakespeare directly (such as Eliot's Coriolan poems, C.P. Cavafy's The God Leaves Antony and Delmore Schwartz's Gold Morning, Sweet Prince), and will include readings from scenes in the plays explored in those poems. Then Robert Pinsky and the actors will surprise us with some mash-ups (composed for this program) -- poetic collages that combine Shakespeare's sonnets with modern poems, with the sometimes invisible seams suggesting new insights about Shakespeare and the poets whose art his eloquence has helped form. 

*Contact Jackie Tralies for reservations. Tickets for the General Public will go on sale at a later date. 

April 18 at 6:30pm
A Collaboration with BAM and the Royal Shakespeare Company
With James Shapiro
At BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn
FREE for Shakespeare Society Members*

This evening of performance and commentary with Shakespeare Society favorite James Shapiro and cast members of the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Shakespeare's titanic second tetralogy, will bring to a glorious close our yearlong look at the Henriad, one of his most compelling and enduring achievements. In our November program, devoted to Richard II, we looked at the ways Shakespeare tested the limits of the divine right of kings and revealed the fragile man beneath the mantle. This evening with the RSC will explore the men -- Henry Bolingboke and his son Hal -- who supplanted and succeeded Richard -- leaders who gained and maintained power not through their status as "God's anointed," but through political acumen, military might, and most of all, a new kind of role playing and rhetorical prowess.

*Contact Jackie Tralies at (212) 967-6802 for reservations.