¶ 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.
¶ One of the few things I felt I was certain of when I got my tenure-track job was that I would upgrade my home desk. True, she was the easiest thing to move, comprised of two industrial, cross-hatched legs topped by a black slab of particle board, unattached. Aside from being easy to move and store (and having cost less than $100 all told), it was also romantic. In the early 1980s, my mother had always invested in tablecloths because my parents’ first dinning table was just a door—knob hole and all—balanced on top of two koa tree trunks. (It was only replaced when my grandmother accidentally put a glass through where the knob should have been. The full-sized, immovable dinning set I grew up doing homework on appeared two days later.) My modular, penny-pincher of a desk was a romantic reminder of good starts.
¶ I write to you, dear reader, after six years of MA and PhD work and two years in a job, from this same desk.
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!