UCLA Conference: Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Philosophy, Performance – Key Words

UCLA Conference

The UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies is holding a conference October 7 – 8, 2016 that you may find interesting. Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Philosophy, Performance – Conference 1: Key Words. Organizers: Julia Reinhard Lupton (UC, Irvine), Lowell Gallagher (UCLA), James Kearney (UCSB).

Course Description
To entertain is to delight and amuse but also to receive guests and hence to court risk, from the real dangers of rape, murder, or jealousy to the more intangible exhilaration of self-disclosure and captivation in response to another. To entertain an idea is to welcome a compelling thought or beckoning fiction into the disinhibited zone of speculative play.

“I’ll entertain the offer’d fallacy,” says Antipholus of Syracuse as he abandons himself to the comedy of errors. Like Antipholus, readers of fictions and viewers of plays entertain “themes” and “dreams” on their way to recognition and new knowledge as a mode of testing the significance and reach of the thought-things and person-problems, encountered in a world co-created by their imaginative participation.

Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Philosophy, Performance will stage a series of encounters between performance and philosophy in Shakespearean drama, encounters designed both to illumine the plays in their poetic and theatrical amplitude and to explore what philosophy and performance might offer each other in 21st-century literary studies.

The aim is to take up drama’s capacity to enhance experience, extend attention, exercise judgment, test existential limits, and assert common bonds. Key words in this enterprise include entertainment, acting, acknowledgement, hospitality, and ways of life, concepts explored in the opening conference.

Some of the speakers and topics explored during the two-day conference include:

Sarah Beckwith, Duke University
Late Have I Loved You

Lowell Gallagher, UCLA, and Bruce Smith, USC
Roundtable: Philosophy and/or/as Entertainment in The Winter’s Tale

Sheiba Kian Kaufman, Ahmanson-Getty Fellow
Acting in a Hospitable Temporality: Paradigms of Capacity-Building and Transformation

James Kearney, UC, Santa Barbara

Jeffrey Knapp, UC, Berkeley

James Kuzner, Brown University
Shakespeare as a Way of Life

Phil Thompson, UC, Irvine
Speaking Shakespeare: A Workshop

Tzachi Zamir, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The conference will also host a roundtable with Ahmanson-Getty Fellows and graduate students from UC campuses who will share their research plans and projects in response to the key words explored.

Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Philosophy, Performance
Friday, October 7, 2016 (10am – 5pm)
Saturday, October 8, 2016 (10am – 1pm)
Royce Hall, Room 314 on the UCLA campus
10745 Dickson Plaza
More info and registration
Admission is Free for all students (with ID), Center & Clark Affiliated Faculty, and UC faculty and staff; and $20 for the General Public.
UCLA Campus Parking Information

The conference is co-sponsored by the UCLA Office of Interdisciplinary & Cross Campus Affairs; UCLA Department of English; UCI Shakespeare Center

UCLA’s conference core program events will continue in 2017 with two additional events.

Cut Him Out in Little Stars: Romeo and Juliet in Diaspora
January 20 & 21, 2017

First Philosophy, Last Judgments: The Lear Real
April 28 & 29, 2017


Send the Kids to A Noise Within’s Summer with Shakespeare Camp!

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Summer with Shakespeare Camp. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

Looking for a fun way to introduce kids to Shakespeare and also have them learn some new skills this summer? A Noise Within is offering a five-week Summer with Shakespeare camp in Pasadena, June 13 – July 15, and there are still a few spaces left. This annual conservatory-style program includes sessions on acting, improvisation, stage diction, text analysis, movement, and stage combat all taught by classically-trained professional actors, choreographers, and designers.

Kids of all ages will gain an appreciation for the Bard’s verse and exposure to a variety of classic plays. The camp challenges them to be both scholars and performers of Shakespeare while it enhances their acting and public speaking skills, builds self-confidence on the stage, and offers invaluable experience in theater craft. Camp even includes classes on magic and improv.

Summer with Shakespeare runs Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm for youth aged 6-18. Availability is limited for the 10-18 year old segments of the program but to register for remaining spots (mostly for the 6-9 year olds track), contact Alicia Green, Director of Education, at 626-356-3104 or email education@anoisewithin.org.

At the end of camp, each of the three age-based divisions perform for an audience on A Noise Within’s main stage. The young actors from The Play’s The Thing (14-18 years old) perform The Comedy of Errors on Thursday, July 16, with a cast party on July 17. All the World’s a Stage (6-9 years old) study The Bard’s comedies, tragedies, histories and romances then mount a Shakespeare play over the last two weeks, making sets, costumes, and choreographing dances for their performance.

A Noise Within is located on the corner of Foothill Blvd and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107.

Independent Shakespeare Co. Brings Richard III and The Tempest to Griffith Park

RICHARD III - Photo By Mike Ditz

David Melville as Richard III. Photo credit: Mike Ditz

For the past 13 years, Independent Shakespeare Co. has brought free Shakespeare to L.A. audiences. This summer, they’re back in Griffith Park with two of Shakespeare’s most popular works: Richard III, directed by Melissa Chalsma, and The Tempest, directed by Matthew Earnest.

Managing Director David Melville says, “This is our most ambitious summer: Not only are we bringing both Richard III and The Tempest to Griffith Park for the first time, but both productions feature live music played by the company members themselves, extraordinary design, and one of the strongest casts we’ve assembled, featuring many ISC favorites as well as new faces.”

“We’re also extremely excited to welcome internationally recognized director Matthew Earnest (Co-Founder of The Lunar Stratagem, Associate Artist at Germany’s English Theater Berlin, Founding Artistic Director of deep ellum ensemble, former assistant director to Adrian Hall), as director of The Tempest. It’s the first time his work has been seen in Los Angeles, and we’re thrilled to bring his unique sensibility to our wonderful Griffith Park audience.”  More

2016 Ojai Summer Shakespeare Festival Presents Merry Wives and Macbeth

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Peachtree Theater Company will present two productions during its 2016 Ojai Summer Shakespeare Festival in Libbey Bowl, July 21 – 31. Allan Hunt, from the Thousand Oaks Repertory Company, will direct Merry Wives of Windsor, produced by Peachtree’s founding director, Demitri Corbin, while Corbin directs A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Peachtree Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization that brings arts education to at-risk youth in underserved communities. Through community partnerships, Peachtree provides visual, performing, and digital media arts to school districts in the Ojai Valley. The company also pairs youth with veteran artists in full theater productions as part of its Peachtree Professional program. Past productions include, A Dragon Awaits at Ojai Arts Center Theater, The Oblong Man at Zalk Theater, and Love’s Labours Lost, a co-production with Ojai Shakespeare Festival and Ojai Arts Center Theater. With this festival season, Peachtree inaugurates its first Shakespeare internship program.

Also part of the festival is a screening of Shakespeare in Love on July 21 at 7pm.

Shakespeare In Love: July 21 (7pm)
Merry Wives of Windsor: July 22, 28 & 30 (7:30 pm) and July 24 (3pm)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: July 23 & 29 (7:30 pm), July 31 (3pm)
Peachtree Theatre Company at Libbey Bowl
210 S. Signal Street, Ojai, CA 93023
For more information call 805-272-5018, or visit www.peachtreetheatercompany.com

An Authors’ Panel FAIRE(Y) TALES for Grown-Ups

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse presents a panel discussion, Faire(y) Tales For Grown-ups, featuring four L.A.-based authors on Thursday, May 26 at 7pm. The panel is moderated by Renaissance Faire fan Petrea Burchard. Joining her are Faire participants Greg Bell, Corey Holst and Maggie Secara. Together they will share insights about their books, and explore the popularity of fantasy and why millions of adults immerse themselves in imaginative worlds like the Renaissance Faire. Musician Holllienea, herself a Faire feature, performs live harp music before the program and during the signing that follows.

The authors and their works:

Looking for WillLooking for Will: My Bardic Quest with Shakespeare by Greg Bell chronicles a lifelong journey through the ghosts of the past toward William Shakespeare. He is a Shakespearean actor who calls himself “archaeologist of the invisible,” as he tracks the trajectory toward his internationally acclaimed solo play, Alms for Oblivion. Bell’s experience playing Shakespeare at Renaissance Faire has had a profound effect on him. He now facilitates the Green Poets Workshop at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center.

Camelot and VineIn Petrea Burchard’s book Camelot & Vine, a failing Hollywood actress flies through a gap in time and accidentally saves King Arthur’s life. Love might be possible, if only the Dark Ages weren’t such a perilous time for an actress with an honesty problem. Burchard is a voice actor and author. If you’re an anime fan you’ll know her as the voice of Ryoko, the sexy space pirate in the anime classic, Tenchi Muyo.

Defender of the RealmCorey Holst’s book Defender of the Realm portrays the fictional castle-town of Dansford poised on the edge of the Welsh frontier in 12th C. England. During a daring night attack, a simple merchant inadvertently becomes a hero and is taken on a journey of self-discovery. A native of Southern California, Holst graduated from CSULB with a degree in Theatrical Design, and has been working behind the scenes in live theatre for over thirty years.

The Dragon RingThe Dragon Ring is Book 1 in Maggie Secara’s Harper Errant series. In the story, reality TV host Ben Harper owes the Faerie king a favor. Paying that debt takes him through the wolf-haunted forests of Viking Age Wessex and the rowdy back streets of Shakespeare’s London. Through his adventures, he rediscovers his own gifts while facing the queen of Faerie, who will do anything to stop him. Secara is a historian and a poet wholse lifelong research project, A Compendium of Common Knowledge 1558-1603, was published in 2008.

Faire(y) Tales for Grown-Ups was conceived by Petrea Burchard and Greg Bell, to coincide with Renaissance Pleasure Faire season (April 9 – May 22 at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, CA). The term “Renaissance” connotes “re-birth,” specifically as it relates to art, literature, and learning in Europe beginning in the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world. Though not all confined their books to the centuries ascribed to the Renaissance, Burchard, Holst, and Secara have studied the era in order to create their own dynamic fantasies, while Bell has focused on real events surrounding the life and times of the period’s icon, the Bard himself, William Shakespeare.

Flintridge Bookstore

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Hwy. Take the Angeles Crest exit off the 210, turn south, make a right onto Foothill Blvd., and turn left onto Chevy Chase. Parking is in the rear of the store. For more information, call (818) 790-0717 or go to www.flintridgebooks.com.

Hammer Conversations to Feature Shakespeare Scholars


Join Ron Rosenbaum, author of The Shakespeare Wars, and David Rodes, Professor Emeritus, UCLA Department of English on Thursday, April 21 for a lively discussion about how Shakespeare’s works should be printed and performed.

The event is in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and will take place at 7:30 pm at the Hammer Museum. Admission is free. Complimentary coffee, tea and a book signing with Rosenbaum will follow the conversation. For more information, including parking and ticketing, visit Hammer.ucla.edu.

LADC’s Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A. Kicks Off with VIP Party April 15

LADC stars and celebrities at their "A Mid-City Night's Dream" gala at Studio 11, November 9, 2014 Los Angeles, CA Photo credit: Paul Smith / Featureflash

LADC stars and celebrities at A Mid-City Night’s Dream gala at Studio 11, Nov 9, 2014 Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Drama Club launches its 10th Anniversary Season on April 15 with a VIP Party at Lyric Theatre & Voila on La Brea. As part of the event, children ages 7-17 from both South L.A and Hollywood will perform opposite Alex Kingston (Dr. Who) and Diedrich Bader (Veep) in comedic excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays. Following the performance, you’ll enjoy music, food, wine and visits from LADC’s young Players for some table-side Shakespeare.

You’ll also be invited to participate in the company’s 10 Seconds of Shakespeare campaign, where you’re given a line of Shakespeare’s text to speak into your phone and post online on their Wall of Fame.

This season of the Los Angeles Drama Club’s bi-annual Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A. runs April 16 – May 5 and coincides with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The four plays presented during the festival feature families disrupted by internal and external storms and re-united by time and forgiveness. The first to open is The Comedy of Errors on April 16 & 17 at Club Fais Do Do.  More

Los Angeles Drama Club Invites Students into The World of Shakespeare

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Students are invited to join Los Angeles Drama Club this fall to study the foundation of the club’s classic Improv classes with characters, stories, and language of William Shakespeare.
In these after school classes (Sept 30 – Nov 18), students will explore Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth, and create an original piece telling the story through movement and Shakespeare’s test.

The Los Angeles Drama Club has successfully built an ongoing artistic community of children and youth who, through the creative process of “putting on a play” have found a passion, a purpose, and a safe place to express themselves and gain self-worth from their collective accomplishments. Class participants tell stories, decode the language, improvise, role play, and rehearse. All this culminates in a public performance on November 22. Through these practices, the students organically develop a personal relationship with the play and its characters while building literacy, communication skills, self-esteem and a strong community spirit.

September 30 – November 18, 2015 (Classes)
Wednesdays (4:00 – 5:30 pm)
Sunday, November 22, 2015 (Performance)
Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd
Pay-what-you-can (suggested donation – $100.00)
Click Here for more information and to register.

Kingsmen Shakespeare Camp adds Puppet Workshop

Shakespeare Camp 2015The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company Summer Theatre Camp is adding a new Puppet Workshop to its schedule this year. In the new session taught by camp director Aaron Anthony Bonilla, campers 8 to 16 will build and learn to manipulate marionettes culminating in a public showcase of scenes from Romeo and Juliet.

Shakespeare Camp, now in its 30th year, is co-presented by California Lutheran University and provides opportunities for children to learn theater techniques and try them out on stage while developing self-awareness, confidence and discipline.

In Beginning Shakespeare, children aged 8 to 12 will learn about the Bard, textual analysis, vocabulary, stage movement and combat techniques as they prepare to present a condensed version of Taming of the Shrew or Comedy of Errors. Training for 8- to 16-year-olds continues with Advanced Shakespeare, which covers Shakespeare scenes, stage combat, period dance and acting techniques in more depth and concludes with the presentation of an abridged Macbeth. This year, Advanced Shakespeare will be an all-day camp, and all-day and half-day options will be available for Beginning Shakespeare.

Musical Theatre for 12- to 16-year-olds will cover vocal technique, acting and dance and end with a performance of selections from a musical.

Bonilla_AaronBonilla, in his second year as director, helped develop the curriculum and designed the teacher-development program for the apprentices who teach in the camp. A graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, he has devoted himself to theater production, performance and education for 14 years. He has also worked with the Bob Baker Marionette Theater in downtown LA and taught private lessons with The Puppet School of Culver City.

Barbara Wegher-Thompson, who teaches dance and movement at Cal Lutheran and has been involved with the Young Artists Ensemble, will again teach Musical Theatre. Teachers, actors and Kingsmen Shakespeare Company members round out the staff.

Two-week sessions begin June 15 and continue through July 31. Classes will be held in the Cal Lutheran Theatre Arts Building and adjoining spaces.

For more information, visit www.kingsmenshakespeare.org, call 805-493-3452 or email info@kingsmenshakespeare.org. Registration is available online.

Shakespeare Conference: Rethinking Shakespeare in the Social Depth of Politics

Shakespeare HuntingtonThe Huntington Library will host a two-day Shakespeare conference Friday and Saturday, April 17 – 18: Rethinking Shakespeare in the Social Depth of Politics. Cost is only $25 (free for students). The “new social history” has exploded the myth that the culture of Shakespeare’s society was one of obedience. In this special event, social historians and literary critics will reposition his works in the culture wars of the period, and reassess Shakespeare’s presentation of power and authority. Space is still available but seating is limited.

Sessions include:
Popularity and Popular Politics in Early Modern England
• Popularity and its Discontents: Staging Politics on the Shakespearean Stage
• Popularity and the Arts of Rhetoric: Julius Caesar in Context

Conceptualizing Commoners and Social Struggle
• Rehearsing the Plebeians: The Classical and the Topical in Coriolanus
• Shakespeare’s Overview: Did He Have Any Theory of English Historical Development?

Class Rebellion in Henry VI Part Two
• Brave minds and hard hands: Drama and Social Relations in the Hungry 1590s
• The Plebeians Revise the Uprising: What the Actors Made of Shakespeare’s Jack Cade

Women, Labor, and Food Production
• Shakespeare’s English Comedies and the Dialogue with Social History
• Know your food: Titus Andronicus and the Local

Shakespeare and Tudor Institutional Change
• As full of grief as age: Geriatric Poverty, the Poor Law, and King Lear
• Shakespeare and the Military Revolution: The Social and Cultural Weapons of Reformed War

Citizen Skepticism and Political Agency
• The lean, unwashed artificer: Shakespeare’s Missing Magna Carta
• The Speaking Silence of Citizens in Shakespeare’s Richard III

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The Huntington’s collections include world-class holdings of early quarto and folio editions of Shakespeare, including his First Folio from 1623, plus a great deal of material relating to the history, politics, and social history of the period. The Huntington Research Library attracts many Shakespeare scholars from around the country.

Rethinking Shakespeare in the Social Depth of Politics
April 17- 18, 2015, 8:30 am –5:00 pm
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Rothenberg Hall
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
Click Here for registration form
Click Here for more information or email researchconference@huntington.org.

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