The following is a record of the Facebook posts of those attending or watching from afar. The Facebook search itself can be repeated using this link: #ShakesInPrison13.
Look soon too for the twitter posts, more (& larger) photos, and check back a little later for mentioned books, articles, films and topics discussed throughout the conference. Many thanks to all who attended, observed & posted!The conference may have concluded, but tonights final remarks & discussion, “Where do we go from here?” bespoke a continuing future, and based on the example of the people in that room tonight, one with hope for humanity. ALSO based on the fact that we’ll look to host it again at Notre Dame in two years time, and someplace new two years after that! Thank you (so much) to all who joined us in South Bend, and who observed from near and far alike. You are in the circle. –From all of us at Shakespeare at Notre Dame. #ShakesInPrison13 #ShakesInPrison15
Lesley Currier Here is the entire “Shakespeare in Blue” 36-minute documentary film about Shakespeare at San Quentin by David Wayne White, an excerpt of which I shared at the conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pYs5ffeE9A&feature=youtu.be
Lesley Currier You can visithttp://www.marinshakespeare.org/… to see videos of full-length Shakespeare performances.Marin Shakespeare Company offers professional summer Shakespearean theatre performances from July through September at Dominican University of California’s Forest Meadows Amphitheatre in San Rafael. We also offer year round education and outreach programs for all ages.
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Here’s the trailer for “Shakespeare Behind Bars,” screening tomorrow night in the Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame, part of#ShakesInPrison13. Nominated at Sundance, and Best in Show and Special Jury prize winner of the BendFilm Festival, the Boston Independent Film Festival and the Heartland Film Festival. Can you afford to miss it? Tickets at performingarts.nd.edu or 574-631-2800.http://youtu.be/S2kr5wV_AiQ
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The conference may have concluded, but tonights final remarks & discussion, “Where do we go from here?” bespoke a continuing future, and based on the example of the people in that room tonight, one with hope for humanity. ALSO based on the fact that we’ll look to host it again at Notre Dame in two years time, and someplace new two years after that! Thank you (so much) to all who joined us in South Bend, and who observed from near and far alike. You are in the circle. –From all of us at Shakespeare at Notre Dame. #ShakesInPrison13 #ShakesInPrison15
From today’s article (page A4) of the South Bend Tribune: there’s a much larger photo (of Sherrin and Buzz) in the print edition. #ShakesInPrison13Bringing the Bard to prisons
www.southbendtribune.comMagill among presenters at ND event
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Nice article on Shakespeare at San Quentin, produced by Lesley Currier of the Marin Shakespeare Company. #ShakesInPrison13.Shakespeare in Prison | Oakland, Berkeley & Bay Area Culture
www.eastbayexpress.comUntil recently, Andress Yancy hadn’t given much thought to the works of Shakespeare, and he certainly never thought their themes related to his life. “I thought this was a nerd thing,” said Yancy.
..and here’s the FB event. Please share. #ShakesInPrison13
Well, here we are with only two weeks left having travelled across the country to Austin, Texas. We have survived Halloween at DePauw University, Greencastle, although trick or treating had to be postponed to the Friday night because of the horrific rain, which might have confused the beasties!
Everyone was so lovely and one night we were invited to the theatre by one of the professors – (thank you Gordon) to see ‘ The 1940′s Radio Hour ‘ – not something I would normally have chosen to see but it turned out to be great fun, very little plot more a concert of 1940′s classics. We spent the weekend after our Franklin week in Broad Ripple, a beautiful town/village that sums up what you kind of think real America is going to be like, this may not make sense to anyone else but I suppose it looked like so many small towns in films.
Richard and myself continued our traditional Sunday afternoon walk to water and visited The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. A beautiful park around a lake with added treats and curios including the abandoned boat and ‘lifeboat station’ with everything left just as it was when the ‘disaster’ happened.
After our weekend in Broad Ripple we were picked up by Ron and driven to Depauw – another beautiful campus – especially in the autumn, sorry fall – with the bright red, almost luminescent, maple trees.
’had a lovely time at the prison on Friday listening to everyone’s excited chatter about your visit. As one of the women said, “For those few minutes, I wasn’t in prison anymore!” ’
Very rewarding. Also rewarding was the trip I took on Friday to Cloverdale Middle/high School as part of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, they are doing ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ Grace, who is directing it is brilliant and obviously loves what she is doing, has directed it with a cartoon theme, complete with ‘Pow’, ‘Bang’, ‘Thump’ cards to be held aloft during the fight scenes. And we spent some of the afternoon choreographing the reactions from the whole room in the last few scenes, with the gasps and looks of shock when the wives disobey their husbands and the screams of shock horror when Katherine appears! The students were deeply involved and enjoying every minute of it. I was really glad I got a chance to see them at work and looking forward to seeing the finished performance ( via video in December)
On Sunday I continued my tradition of a waterside walk with a trip to the nature Park, after a quick trip to see the East College, dating back to 1870, stunning hall – like an old chapel And the original university building, sooo glad we got to see it. Thank you so much Nathan and Emily for our guided tour.
The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, hosts a biennial conference at their Blackfriars Playhouse. This year, the opening keynote was given by none other than our own Peter Holland, the McMeel Chair of Shakespeare Studies at Notre Dame. His talk was entitled ”A Critic and a Gentleman: Publishing Performance,” and here’s the liveblog version thanks to Sarah Martin, of ASC’s terrific Education Department. You also can follow the conference on Twitter or Facebook by searching the hashtag #BFC13:
Hi again! Sarah Martin here to liveblog the first Keynote Address of the Seventh Blackfriars Conference: Peter Holland’s A Critic and a Gentleman: Publishing Performance.
Peter Holland, Associate Dean for the Arts and McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Notre Dame is, as Dr. Cohen said in his introduction, “a great get” in terms of a Keynote speaker. Professor Holland began his presentation with the images of the title pages of two different editions of Hamlet: one the early modern title page with a record of the first performance and the second, an edition inspired by the Michael Grandage production of Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse which starred actor Jude Law. Professor Holland explained that the reader of the 1676 edition thought he was getting “all of Hamlet“–the play as written and the play as performed, but the edition neglects to state that it is also heavily revised while the Grandage edition has been significantly shortened.
Professor Holland pointed out that, for the type of souvenir playtext exemplified by Grandage’s edition to be published in time for audience members to buy it, the text must be fixed in print well before the production actually begins performances. While an audience may believe that they are buying a true “performance text”, there is inevitable variation between the text in codex and the words spoken onstage.
Professor Holland discussed the role of what he called, “the theatrical edition” and asked what the intended use of such an edition is. He explained that theatres always produce several editions–rehearsals scripts and so on that are not necessarily intended for publication, but are the material products of the theatre itself.
Professor Holland the discussed the role of the actor as critic and the censor as author. The “gentleman” in Professor Holland’s address is Francis Gentleman, who chose which moments of Shakespeare’s plays he thought ought to be included in editions and which should be omitted. Gentleman, Professor Holland argues, provides the “first performance commentary” on Shakespeare’s plays. Professor Holland argues that such performance commentary is a “companion to the theatre” and no more. The Bell’s Editions (influenced by Gentleman and actor David Garrick) sold better than other scholarly editions in the eighteenth century. This, Professor Holland, argues has set the precedent for subsequent editions which include illustrations of performance and other theatrical or actor-centric images. These images, however, are not necessarily representative of the plays in performance, but are of actors placed in suggested settings (such as an actress portrayed standing in the countryside) that are the product of editors rather than the actual performance history of the plays.
Professor Holland argues that extensive performance commentary can actually be a hindrance to performance as it, “implies a right way of performing the play, not a range of possibilities”. Professor Holland argues that, while such extensive performance commentary shows impressive scholarship, it does not provide meaning. Professor Holland’s discussion of the Samuel French Acting Editions was particularly interesting and amusing to the audience as he compared the staging diagrams present in the editions to “IKEA self-assembly”. Such editions, Professor Holland argued, make the play no longer Shakespeare’s, but rather the product of the publishing house. Professor Holland’s Keynote Address, which explored the relationship between performance and the printed text, presented in a theatre that seeks to do just that, was the perfect start to the Blackfriars Conference.
So we had the most wonderful week in Wellesley, we were greeted with a gathering and a lobster supper, being a bit squeamish about my food, it was a bit of a challenge but I did manage my dissection although I wasn’t sucking out the crevices like my instructor! During the week when we weren’t teaching or doing the show we were able to walk round the amazing grounds, made more
stunning by the changing colours of the autumn leaves. The show went down really well and one night we were invited to join the members of the Shakespeare Society in Shakespeare’s House, who would have thought Shakespeare used to live in Wellesley! Anyway we had a lovely evening. The ladies of the society are putting on their own version of Romeo and Juliet on the 14th-17th and 21st-24th of November, I wish we could be there to see it and hope it is a great success.
After Wellesley we headed off for The US Naval Academy, Annapolis. I have to say it wasn’t my favourite journey, to start off we were delayed for over an hour, the reason being bad weather on route, we managed to avoid most of it but there was one point in the journey that was particularly bumpy, and I spent most of that bit with my head in my hands chanting ‘ I don’t like this! I don’t like this! ‘ until I was reminded by Jack who was sitting across the aisle from that ‘nobody liked it’ – sorry to everyone who was in hearing range!!
Anyway we made it and had another great week. We only had 2 shows in the beautiful theatre on Campus but we had the most amazing reception, we were nearly blown over backwards by the applause and cheers at the end and considering a lot of them had been up since 5 in the morning, nobody I could see had fallen asleep so we have done our job!!
Well we had a fantastic week in San Antonio, I had some great classes, including one on Chaucer’s Parliament of Fowls – after some speedy research, it ended up being great fun, the whole class were up on their feet playing various, debating birds! I have to say their squawking was more coherent than some Parliaments I can think of!!
We also had a cast birthday – Jack celebrated his 24th, 32nd or maybe it was his 50th I’m not quite sure, so many numbers were thrown around! We planned and executed a surprise party which was a surprise, he didn’t realise anything was going on until he knocked on Richard’s door for ‘the academic meeting’ and had to wait ages to be let in, as we all ran round trying to light candles, put on party hats and generally whisper a little bit too loudly for the game not to be up! We partied hard that night but did manage to have our academic meeting too!
We also managed to sell out on Saturday night for the 1st time in 5 years, a little amble along the river walk and a trip to the Alamo on Sunday finishing the week with some sight seeing – who could ask for more!
Up early on Monday morning for flights to Boston and then here we are in Wellesley – the most beautiful campus I have ever seen.
Here we are in San Antonio, the 90 degree heat hasn’t slowed us down and we have had a great audience reaction to the show, I would like to say a special hello to Drew and his mum, who came to chat with us after last nights show. It was his first ever Shakespeare play and he loved it, I asked him if he understood it all and he was very honest and said not all of it, but that he was with us the whole way through! What more can we ask! Here’s to Drew!!!
A little catch up – we had the most fantastic weekend – I for one am madly in love with Chicago! We travelled there in style – after a great show, we got into our Limo! – we had bought a few supplies for the journey, and so the party weekend started as we left Notre Dame on route for Chicago.
The whole weekend was great fun, and we managed to see a bit of the city, including an architectural boat trip along the river, art Museums, Millenium Park with it’s ‘Bean’ and Jun Kaneko Sculptures, a trip to Boys Town and to Shaw’s Crab House – we were spoilt rotten! I also think a spot of shopping was done, but we shall keep the names of the ‘over – participants’ secret to protect their modesty!!
On Monday morning, we set off to the airport, for the next part of our trip. Unfortunately the flight was delayed for an hour so we saw slightly more of the airport than we would have liked but eventually arrived in San Antonio Texas…….
Well what can I say – it feels like we have only just started and now we are off again. Tonight after the show we are being driven to Chicago because we need to be out of the way because something bigger than us is happening! – some kind of football game, I think, not sure what the big fuss is about!!!! – I AM JOKING!!! Of course I know what all the fuss is about – and good luck tomorrow for the game! We will be thinking of you.
We have had a couple of great shows and we are looking forward to another tonight!
Myself and Anna were teaching today at Saint Joseph High School, and it was great to hear the enthusiasm from the students, who had seen the play, it means we are doing our job and makes it all worthwhile!
We are off to San Antonio on Monday, and looking forward to it after a restful party over the weekend!
Anna Wright and Richard Neale joined Gordy Young on Experience Michiana on WNIT last night, Click here to view the clip. Their segment begins at 7:58
Well here we are, and very excited to be opening the show tomorrow night! We arrived in Notre Dame last Saturday after 4 weeks of rehearsal in Brixton, it is crazy to think that we only met as a group just over 7 weeks ago – it feels like years!!!!!
We arrived exhausted after the stresses of rehearsals and the flight and went straight back in to rehearsals – after our first full work day here we met this little fellow outside Washington Hall, who basically summed up how we were feeling at the time!!!
However we are now rested and refreshed and ready for our first night!