The Shakespeare Society

UPCOMING EVENTS

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September 15 at 6pm
Special Event
SHAKESPEARE SEASON KICKOFF
At The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South
FREE for Shakespeare Society Members - Benefactor Level and Above*

Raise a glass with us, and celebrate the beginning of the New York Shakespeare season at the historic home of The Players off Gramercy Park. Join actors, directors and producers who will be bringing the Bard's words to vivid life in 2015-2016, including representatives of the The Public Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Pearl Theatre Company, Fiasco Theater Company, New York Classical Theater, Classical Theater of Harlem, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Bedlam Theater. Hear what's in store and join the conversation with the season's creative teams and fellow Shakespeare Society and Players Club members.

*This event is exclusive to Benefactor, Player King, Bard Circle Shakespeare Society members, and invited guests. Contact Michelle Palmour at (212) 967-6802 for reservations or if you would be interested in increasing your membership to attend and obtain additional membership benefits.

September 28 at 7pm
Shakespeare Talks
TRANSFIGURING SHAKESPEARE:
Shakespeare Production After Peter Brook's 
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Collaboration with the Pearl Theatre Company and 
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
At The Pearl Theatre Company, 555 West 42nd St.
Click HERE for Tickets. $20 for Non-Members & $15* for Members

The Shakespeare Society will host a discussion with HVSF Artistic Director Davis McCallum and author Gary J. Williams (Our Moonlit Revels: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the Theatre) in connection with the forthcoming production of Shakespeare's "antique fable" at The Pearl Theatre.  Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal said, "Not since Peter Brook's now-legendary 1970 Royal Shakespeare Company version has there been so radically original or mysteriously poetic a production of the greatest of all stage comedies." We start this season's Shakespeare Talks with a look at how Brook's work changed forever the possibilities, range of expression, and expectations for Shakespeare production across the globe.

*Contact Jackie Tralies for the discount code.

October 7 at 7pm
OTELLO & OTHELLO 
With Barlett Sher, Stephen Greenblatt, and John Douglas Thompson
A Collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera 
Location TBD
FREE for Shakespeare Society Members.*

Othello and Otello are both masterpieces, created by artists working at the peak of their powers, and both pack a powerful punch. At this special evening, we will discuss and explore how each of these works use the related but distinct techniques of verse drama and dramatic opera to bore to the dark heart of human vulnerability, erotic passion, and evil. Joining the conversation will be the director of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Otello, Tony-winner Bartlett Sher, Shakespeare Society Artistic Director Michael Sexton and the great Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt, Obie-winner John Douglas Thompson and more actors, and MET Opera singers to perform passages from both Shakespeare's play and Verdi's opera.

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

October 13 at 7pm
Shakespeare Talks
BOOK PARTY FOR JAMES SHAPIRO'S THE YEAR OF LEAR
In Association with The Players Foundation for Theatre Education
At The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South
$15 for Members & $20 for Non-Members. 

An onstage conversation with James Shapiro, Q&A, and book party on the release ofTheYear of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, his much anticipated follow up to his award-winning 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.

November 3, 9:30am - 3:30pm
TEACHING TEACHERS: Othello
Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Ave.
FREE for Shakespeare Society Members*

Learn to engage students of all ages with Shakespeare's plays by attending one of The Shakespeare Society's "Teaching Teachers" workshops.  Workshops are led by Wendy Halm Violette, veteran New York City teacher and co-founder of the Brooklyn Shakespeare Festival.  This workshop will focus on Othello, but methods are applicable to all of Shakespeare's plays.

*For more information and to register, please contact Jackie Tralies at (212) 967-6802.

November 16 at 7pm
RICHARD II AND THE DISENCHANTMENT OF KINGSHIP
With Professor Richard McCoy
At The Kaye Playhouse, 68th Street between Park and Lexington Ave.
FREE for Shakespeare Society Members*
$35 for Non-Member Tickets. 

In Richard II, Shakespeare tests the limits of the ancient doctrine of the divine right of kings, as King Richard violates the very time-honored rights that made him King in the first place. When God does not in fact send "angels to fight" for the "deputy elected by the Lord," King Richard himself "undecks the pompous body of a king," and in some of the most gorgeous poetry in all of Shakespeare, explores what it means to be a "king" by beginning to realize, and express feelingly, what it means to be a man. Guided by Richard McCoy (Distinguished Professor of English, Queens College, CUNY, and author of Alterations of State: Sacred Kingship in the English Reformation), the evening will explore Shakespeare's portrayal of English kings and the shifting bases of their authority. The evening will also feature readings from Richard II by a cast led by The Knick'Andre Holland.

December 7 at 7pm
Shakespeare Talks
BLOKES, BIRDS & THE BARD: THESE PAPER BULLETS!
A Collaboration with Atlantic Theater Company
At the Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street
Tickets will be on sale at a later date.

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.

December 14 at 7 pm
Shakespeare Talks 
AMERICAN STAGE PRACTICE: BOOTH & BARRYMORE
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
TREVOR NUNN'S PERICLES
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
BOOK IN HAND:CORIOLANUS
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. 

April 18 at 6:30pm
SHAKESPEARE'S HENRIAD
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.