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SHAKESPEARE TAKES CENTER STAGE THIS SUMMER IN SAN DIEGO

Below are a list of events that are part of the San Diego stop of the tour for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library.  These events open for reservation on April 23 to coincide with Shakespeare's birthday.  For more information on the exciting exhibition and events, please visit www.firstfoliosandiego2016.org.

Panel Discussions

Versions of Shakespeare: A Roundtable Discussion

Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common

Monday, June 27

 Reserve Seats

Film Screening

10 Things I Hate About You

Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common

Thursday, June 30

 Reserve Seats

Film Screening

Caesar Must Die

Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common

Thursday, July 7

 Reserve Seats

Signature Events

Past Events

Saturday, June 4, 8:00 p.m.
Shakespeare in America
This opening event officially kicks off the celebrations surrounding First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. Beloved actors from The Old Globe’s history and other celebrities and dignitaries will read selections from Shakespeare and other material from James Shapiro’s new Library of America book, Shakespeare in America, which explores the long, deep relationship between Shakespeare and our country. Shapiro will host the event, along with journalist Jeremy McCarter and Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein.
An earlier version of this program premiered at The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director) in New York City under the title Public Forum: Shakespeare in America. The Public Forum series of performances and conversations is directed by Jeremy McCarter.
Location: Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at The Old Globe.
Charge and RSVP: Free event with reservation required, limited availability.

Sunday, June 5, 1:30 p.m.
Barry Edelstein In Conversation with James Shapiro
This event brings together The Old Globe Artistic Director and noted Shakespearean Barry Edelstein with longtime friend and internationally renowned Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro to discuss the impact Shakespeare’s First Folio has had on Western culture.
Location: Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

Saturday, June 11, 11:00 a.m.
Thinking Shakespeare Live!—Folio Edition
A 90-minute exploration of the language of Shakespeare, which is back with two showings this summer. Led by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and assisted by professional classical actors, this popular program reveals a performer’s approach to Shakespearean language so audiences may easily understand the poetry of the Bard. This special edition will focus on the First Folio and what it has to offer to modern-day audiences and performers. Based on Edelstein’s book Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard, the program is an ideal introduction to Shakespeare for families and young audiences as well as an exciting new look at the playwright for Bardophiles.
Location: Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

Saturday, June 25, 11:00 a.m.
Thinking Shakespeare Live!—Folio Edition
A 90-minute exploration of the language of Shakespeare, which is back with two showings this summer. Led by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and assisted by professional classical actors, this popular program reveals a performer’s approach to Shakespearean language so audiences may easily understand the poetry of the Bard. This special edition will focus on the First Folio and what it has to offer to modern-day audiences and performers. Based on Edelstein’s book Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard, the program is an ideal introduction to Shakespeare for families and young audiences as well as an exciting new look at the playwright for Bardophiles.
Location: Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

 

Panel Discussions

Monday, June 27, 6:00 p.m.
Versions of Shakespeare: A Roundtable Discussion
The First Folio was not the first version of Shakespeare, and it has not been the last. It is the essential anchor to a remarkable array of retellings, rewritings, reprintings, abridgements, bowdlerizations, translations, films, operas, paintings, ballets, coffee mugs, and moveable action figures. Participants will each bring in a version of Shakespeare for a show and tell, leading to a roundtable discussion. This event will paint a variegated picture of Shakespeare and welcome participation by all those in attendance. Participants include Jan Gist, Professor, USD MFA Program and Resident Voice and Speech Coach at The Old Globe; Peter Herman, Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU; David Hay, Founding Director, Old Globe/USD MFA Program; and Abraham Stoll, Professor of English and Affiliated Professor of Graduate Theatre at USD.
Location: Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

 

Past Events

Monday, June 6, 6:00 p.m.
How the University of California Makes Shakespeare New
Seth Lerer, Distinguished Professor of Literature at UC San Diego, leads a panel discussion to explore the contributions of the University of California system to Shakespeare scholarship and public outreach. Panel participants include Francis Dolan, Professor of English at UC Davis; Heidi Brayman Hackel, Associate Professor of English at UC Riverside; Jeffrey Knapp, Professor of English at UC Berkeley; Julia Lupton, Professor of English at UC Irvine; Patricia Fumerton, Professor of English at UC Santa Barbara; and Robert Watson, Professor of English at UCLA.
Location: Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

Monday, June 13, 6:00 p.m.
Shakespeare on the American Stage: The Director and the Text
Barry Edelstein, Artistic Director of The Old Globe, and Brian Kulick, Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company in New York, discuss the rewards and challenges of directing Shakespeare on stage, including Kulick’s production of Macbeth at The Old Globe.
Location: Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

Monday, June 20, 6:00 p.m.
Engaging Shakespeare
James Evans, Associate Artistic Director of Bell Shakespeare in Australia, and Freedome Bradley-Ballentine, Director of Arts Engagement at The Old Globe, discuss issues of diversity and outreach as they related to Shakespeare.
Location: Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

Film Screenings

Curated by D.J. Hopkins, Ph.D.,
Director of the School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University


Thursday, June 30, 6:00 p.m.
10 Things I Hate About You
Directed by Gil Junger, 1999. Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is transformed into a teen movie set in an American high school starring Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. A nerdy new student goes to great lengths to woo the prettiest girl in school, whose controlling father won’t allow her to date until her antisocial older sister does. Enter bad boy Patrick, who turns their lives upside down and finds love in the unlikeliest of places. Discussion moderator: D.J. Hopkins. Guest speaker: Danielle Mages Amato, Literary Manager/Dramaturg at The Old Globe.
Location: Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

Thursday, July 7, 6:00 p.m.
Caesar Must Die
Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 2013. This internationally acclaimed film follows inmates at a high-security prison in Rome as they prepare for a public performance of Julius Caesar. Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition and betrayal is reimagined in this visceral, contemporary production. Discussion moderator: D.J. Hopkins. Guest speaker: Antonio Iannotta, Artistic Director and San Diego Italian Film Festival.
Location: Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

 

Past Events

Thursday, June 9, 6:00 p.m.
The Tempest
Directed by Julie Taymor, 2010. Shakespeare’s Prospero is reconceived as Prospera in Taymor’s compelling screen version of Shakespeare’s last play. Marooned on a distant island with her daughter, Prospera (played by Academy Award winner Helen Mirren) uses her magic to raise a torrential storm, bringing her enemies to the island and vengeance within her reach. Discussion moderator: D.J. Hopkins. Guest speaker: Jennifer Thorn, Associate Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre.
Location: Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

Thursday, June 16, 6:00 p.m.
Throne of Blood
Directed by Akira Kurosawa, 1957. This visually stunning adaptation of Macbeth sets Shakespeare’s story of ambition and duplicity in feudal Japan, fusing classical Western tragedy with Noh theatre. A war-hardened general receives a prophecy that he will become lord of Spiderweb Castle, and goaded by his ambitious wife, he works to fulfill his destiny—at any cost. Discussion moderator: D.J. Hopkins. Guest speaker: Daisuke Miyao, Professor of Literature at UC San Diego.
Location: Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

Thursday, June 23, 6:00 p.m.
Hamlet
Directed by Michael Almereyda, 2000. This inventive adaptation is set in present day Manhattan, where Hamlet is reimagined as a thoughtful young filmmaker who finds himself seeking revenge against his devious, dangerous uncle, head of the huge Denmark Corporation. Almereyda’s adventurous take on Shakespeare’s tragedy features a star-studded cast including Ethan Hawke, Julia Stiles, Kyle MacLachlan, and Bill Murray. Discussion moderator: Danielle Mages Amato. Guest speaker: D.J. Hopkins, Professor of Theatre, Television, and Film at SDSU.
Location: Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

Family Events

Past Events

Saturday, June 18, 10:30 a.m.
Have Fun with Hamlet
Introduce young children to Shakespeare’s language through familiar lines of Hamlet. Professional teaching artists from The Old Globe will demonstrate and encourage participation in physical activities to reinforce language learning. This free one-hour family program is geared toward younger children (6 to 8 years old) but includes activities for children of all ages.
Location: Hattox Hall in the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

Saturday, June 18, 12:00 p.m.
Words, Words, Words
Use witty insults to gain a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s language. Professional teaching artists from The Old Globe will invite participants to play with words from the famous lines of Shakespeare’s First Folio. This free one-hour family program will include longer scenes that work especially well with older children (9 to 12 years old).
Location: Hattox Hall in the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

Saturday, June 18, 1:30 p.m.
Create a Folio
Learn how early printing processes influence the way we experience Shakespeare’s First Folio today. Professional teaching artists from The Old Globe will lead a hands-on demonstration to show how early modern books were printed. Appropriate for children of all ages, this free one-hour family program includes activities that participants can take home and complete following the workshop.
Location: Hattox Hall in the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe
Charge and RSVP: Free event, limited availability.

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