Tuesday, December 18, 2007

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Shakespeare in Color: A Symposium on Macbeth and African American Performances and Appropriations

The symposium is presented in conjunction with Hattiloo Theatre's production of Shakespeare's Macbeth (opens Jan. 18) and Opera Memphis' production of Verdi's Macbeth (opens Jan. 26).

Free and open to the public, the symposium will draw together national scholars and local performers in a conversation about so called "non-traditional" casting of Shakespeare's plays. Speakers sharing their research on this topic include Ayanna Thompson (Arizona State U.), Peter Erickson (Williams College), Amy Scott-Douglass (Denison U.), Marguerite Rippy (Marymount U.) and Milwaukee composer Wallace Cheatham.

Directors of the Hattiloo and Opera Memphis productions also will participate in discussions. The symposium is sponsored by Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts (CODA). Contact Scott Newstok at newstoks@rhodes.edu.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Hamlet 2

Dana Marshcz (Steve Coogan) is an actor. Well, he was an actor, and an absolutely terrible one at that. After squeezing his way into a handful of god-awful blink-and-you-miss-it TV roles as a young man, we join him a little further down the line, as the drama teacher at West Mesa High in Tucson Arizona. Whatever Dana Lacks in talent, he frantically tries to make up with his ludicrously ambitious and downright ridiculous school theatre remakes of American modern movie classics. With his last two disastrous stage adaptations (‘Erin Brockovich’ and ‘As Good As it Gets’) crucified as usual by the school paper’s fearsome 13 year old critic Noah, Dana is reduced to a blubbering wreck. But as Dana feels like he has nothing left to give, Noah inspires Dana to write something new… Something original…

Monday, December 03, 2007

John Cullum, center, as King Cymbeline in the Lincoln Center Theater production, with Phylicia Rashad, right, as the Queen.

Love, War and Betrayal in Busy Lives of the Estranged

Just about everyone left living at the end of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” is onstage for the play’s crowded climax. And just about everyone has a surprise or two to disclose.

The queen is not doing so well, the good doctor informs the king, but wait till you hear what she just told me! The Roman general’s page, a willowy young man, is revealed to be neither Italian nor a man. Those rustic, dirt-begrimed warriors? Royal blood runs in their veins. The presumed dead are really living, the presumed living declared dead.