¶ There is a lot of great Shakespeare lined-up in the Portland region this spring. While there are usual summer seasonal companies—my own Original Practice Shakespeare Festival opening on midsummer eve and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival—there is a lot of exciting shorter runs closer to the city to take in. This past fall was a treat, and I didn’t get to nearly as much as I wanted. This time, I’m buying tickets early and blocking out my calendar – and so should you. Here’s a list and details of what is coming up early modern this spring in PDX.
I’m extremely fortunate to be giving a lecture this coming Wednesday at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry! This pre-screening talk, “Water Men, Under Water: Theories of Invention in Tom Stoppard’s Shakespeare in Love,” is part of the REEL Science film series at OMSI. I will be chatting about how the film’s ideas of artistic invention do and don’t jive with the evidence provided by recent archaeological findings at playhouse digs in London—among other things. Lecture starts at 6:30PM, with a brief Q&A and the film to follow.
For more information and tickets, click here. I hope to see you there!
¶ I’m lucky. I’ve never had too much trouble with “killing my darlings” when it comes to writing. I can’t stand my first drafts and am typically eager to get to revising stages.
¶ I’m realizing that the book proposal genre is a bit of a different beast. I’ve followed what all the bloggers and books recommend: take time and get some distance. It’s been more than a year and a half since my dissertation defense and revisiting that object for a serious strip-down and re-vision. I’ve written so many query letters, fellowship and grant applications, and other documents where the narrative about this project is the cornerstone. It is language I have downright slaved-over and, what’s more, I still like it. I have a new title I like better, and I know exactly the pieces that need to be tossed, a sense of the remodeling that needs to happen—and I am excited about all of these. But it doesn’t mean I dislike what the project once was.