Major Evening Event
WHEN HONOR'S AT THE STAKE
Shakespeare's Soldiers in War and Peace
The Kaye Playhouse
(68th Street between Lexington and Park)
Unlike our own time, when wars are viewed as uncivilized interruptions fought far from our shores, in Shakespeare’s England war was an inevitable mode of vengeance and resolution, and the bloodiness of battle a part of most men’s lives. But, then as now, soldiers came home from the stalwart, perhaps rigid, honor of war to the more complicated, perhaps fragile, humanity of peace. Shakespeare’s soldiers are not simply ruthless men of blood, but are also richly imaginative souls who frequently find themselves caught between their accustomed embrace of violence and their devotion to domesticity, love, service, loyalty and patriotism. Elizabeth Samet, English professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and author of Soldier’s Heart and No Man’s Land, will explore how military values of honor, valor, and service are exhibited, questioned, and betrayed in Macbeth and Othello. The evening will feature performances by award-winning actors Matthew Amendt, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Michael Cerveris, and John Douglas Thompson.
Monday, January 9 at 7 pm
Professor Samet received her BA from Harvard and her PhD in English literature from Yale. She is the author of Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers: a Norton Anthology, No Man's Land : Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America, Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point and Willing Obedience: Citizens, Soldiers, and the Progress of Consent in America, 1776-1898. Samet has been a professor of English at West Point for over ten years.
About Elizabeth Samet
Marsha Stephanie Blake
John Douglas Thompson