The Shakespeare Society

UPCOMING EVENTS

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SEPTEMBER 15 at 7pm
SHAKESPEARE TALKS
Directing Shakespeare

With Arin Arbus, Rebecca Taichman & Paul Mullins
At The Pearl Theatre
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$20 for General Admission & $15 for Members.
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What does it take to stage one of the Bard's works? How does it differ from directing contemporary work? What does it mean to be faithful to a playwright who has been dead for more than 400 years? Our Shakespeare Talks season kicks off with an in-depth conversation with some of the best directors working in the field today: Theater For A New Audience's Associate Artistic Director Arin Arbus (King Lear with Michael Pennington, Othello with John Douglas Thompson; Much Ado About Nothing with Jonathan Cake); Helen Hayes Award winning director Rebecca Taichman (Winter's Tale, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, Taming of the Shrew at The Shakespeare Theatre, DC); and Paul Mullins (upcoming Henry VIII at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).

SEPTEMBER 30 at 6 pm
BARD CLUB
The Tempest

FREE for Everyone!
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Join The Shakespeare Society Ambassadors as Bard Club returns for the 2014-15 season! Our first discussion will explore the magic and ambiguities of The Tempest, inspired by a series of upcoming productions at La MaMa Experimental Theatre. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions. However, all levels of experience with the play are welcome!
Note: Admission to this event is limited. Those to be admitted will be notified via e-mail after submitting their RSVP with the location.

OCTOBER 6 at 7 pm
SHAKESPEARE WORKS
The Winter's Tale

At The Pearl Theatre
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Free for Members and $10 for General Admission.*
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Artistic Director Michael Sexton leads an exploration of The Winter's Tale with a group of actors - Peter Francis James, Rachel Botchan, Bradford Cover, Dominic Cuskern - and advisors - Dakin Matthews, Broadway actor and dramaturg, and Richard McCoy, author of Faith in Shakespeare. Part of this season's special collaboration with The Pearl Theatre Company.

OCTOBER 20 at 7 pm
SHAKESPEARE TALKS
The State of the Art

At The Pearl Theatre
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$20 for General Admission and $15 for Members.
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After last season's wonderful proliferation of Shakespearean productions on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally, now is an apt moment to sit down with a group of experienced, creative and knowledgeable leaders in the field to ask challenging questions about the present, past and future of Shakespearean theatre. Panelists will include artistic directors Bonnie Monte (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Davis McCallum (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Eric Tucker (Bedlam), Michael Feingold (theater critic, translator and dramaturg) and Ty Jones (Classical Theater of Harlem). Other panelists will be announced.

NOVEMBER 10 at 7 pm
MAJOR EVENING EVENT
Shakespeare Versus Marlowe

With John Douglas Thompson
At Theatre for a New Audience
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When Christopher Marlowe died in 1593, his passionate, daring, and sometimes outrageous work had revolutionized the world of English drama. In celebration of TFANA's marathon production of Tamburlaine the Great, Parts One and Two, directed by Michael Boyd, we look at the ways Marlowe and Shakespeare inspired, competed with and outdid each other. Yale Professor and General Editor of the Arden Shakespeare David Scott Kastan will provide commentary, as Tamburlaine's star, John Douglas Thompson and fellow cast members perform scenes and speeches.
*Tickets will be on sale to the general public at a later date.

NOVEMBER 17 at 7 pm
SHAKESPEARE TALKS
Adapting Shakespeare

At The Pearl Theatre
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$20 for General Admission and $15 for Members.
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Shakespeare's plays and poems have inspired operas, musicals, ballets, movies and other theatrical hybrids. Why adapt one work of art into another? What responsibility do we feel to Shakespeare's original? What is gained and lost in the process? Join some of the most exciting theater artists working today for a discussion about their takes on the Bard. With Alex Timbers (creator of the musical Love's Labor's Lost and the forthcoming film Rosaline), composer Michael Friedman (Love's Labor's Lost) and Lear Debessonet (The Public Theater's Public Works productions of The Tempest and The Winter's Tale).

DECEMBER 8 at 7 pm
MAJOR EVENING EVENT
Some New Grace Will Be Born
A Collaboration with The Pearl Theatre Company

At the Kaye Playhouse
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In anticipation of The Pearl Theatre's upcoming production of The Winter's Tale, directed by The Shakespeare Society's Artistic Director Michael Sexton, and as part of our special collaboration with the Pearl, a distinguished scholar and company of actors will lead us through the glories of loss, redemption and recovery in this mysterious and marvelous play, where imagination, desire, art and nature make up a lustrous whole.
*Tickets will be on sale to the general public at a later date.

DECEMBER 15 at 7 pm
SHAKESPEARE WORKS
At The Public Theater
FREE for Members. Email Michelle Palmour ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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The Shakespeare Society returns to The Public Theater for another installment of our Shakespeare Works Artist Residency program. Join a panel of actors, director and advisers for a discussion of their week's work on one of Shakespeare's plays. Artists, advisers and play TBA.
*Tickets will be on sale to the general public at a later date.

January - March, 2015
THE WINTER'S TALE
At The Pearl Theatre

In connection with The Pearl Theatre Company's production of The Winter's Tale (February 10 - March 15) directed by Michael Sexton, we will host a variety of special events, post-show talkbacks, and open rehearsals of this haunting and humane play.

March 16, 2015
SHAKESPEARE TALKS
Ben Crystal on Original Pronunciation

At The Pearl Theatre

Author, actor, director, teacher, and scholar Ben Crystal returns to lead a three-day workshop with the Shakespeare Society Ambassadors on scenes and speeches in Original Pronunciation. Come join us for a showing of the scene work and a discussion of the joys, challenges and rewards of speaking Shakespeare's words in the earthy and energized, salty and powerful accent of his time.
*Tickets will be on sale at a later date for members and the general public.