Programme du bal: 2019 RSA

It is my first time heading out to the annual Renaissance Society of America (RSA) conference, and I am very much looking forward to the intra-disciplinarity the event promises. Before I hop my flight from PDX Saturday morning, here’s my dance-card—perhaps more aspirational than anything else.

Looking for me? I’ll be giving my paper, “Cham’s Beard and Tartar’s Bow: Mongolia in the Elizabethan Repertory,” based on research at the Huntington this past summer, at the top of the 11:00 a.m. session entitled Contextualizing Performance in English Renaissance Drama. It is generously hosted by the University of North Texas Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium. My co-panelists and I met at a Blackfriars’ conference some years ago and have been dying to get together on a project. Thus, the session promises to be one of convivial delight. Follow along at #RenSA19.

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Round-up of 2018

Here is a purr of fortune’s, sir, or of fortune’s 
cat — but not a musk-cat — that has fallen into the 
unclean fishpond of her displeasure, and, as he 
says, is muddied withal: pray you, sir, use the 
carp as you may; for he looks like a poor, decayed, 
ingenious, foolish, rascally knave. I do pity his 
distress in my similes of comfort and leave him to 
your lordship.

— Clown, All’s Well That Ends Well

It has truly been a fortunate year. From my brother’s wedding to a brilliant research trip tp the Huntington Library, not to mention a relatively dry and warm fall and winter in Portland, I am sure I’m at the zenith of Fortune’s Wheel, and so steady myself for rougher waters ahead. In reflection on a great deal of good news and satisfying work, this post cobbles together a few year-end notes.

Just a few of my favorite things I saw this year, including Everybody and Magellanica (Artists Repertory Theatre); Henry V, Romeo & Juliet, and Snow in Midsummer (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Strangest Yellow (Fertile Ground Festival); Wakey Wakey (Portland Playhouse); Uncle Vanya (PETE); Macbeth (Shaking the Tree); Silent Sky (Pacific University); and She is Fierce (Enso Theatre).
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