“Feast here awhile”: Shakespeare for a Portland Autumn

Dear readers:

According to American Theatre magazine, “Shakespeare remains the most-produced playwright in the country, with 108 productions (including various adaptations). And this year his most-produced play will be Twelfth Night with 9 productions.” In fact, Shakespeare in Love was the most produced play of the year, with 15 full-scale professional productions nation-wide. This does not take into account all of the Shakespeare-ish works making the rounds to be excited for, including the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged) and Emma Whipday’s Shakespeare’s Sister. If you are in the Portland area this fall, there are a couple of exciting productions to keep your eyes peeled for.

Pericles Wet

This December, Portland Shakespeare Project will be producing a full-scale run of my colleague, Ellen Margolis’ adaptation of Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Based on the act printed in a recent issue of Proscenium and a reading I saw last year, this is likely to prove special. This re-magining refocuses on the assault of Princess Hesperides and the framing device of Gower.

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Theatre History at PNRS 2017

Dear readers,

I’m thrilled to say that my panel session, “Theatre History Beyond Borders,” will be part of the upcoming conference of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society in Portland this October! The theme of the conference is timely, “Renaissance Border Crossings: Documented and Undocumented,” to which I am excited to see how keynote Daniel Vitkus responds. Below you’ll find our complete panel rationale and paper abstracts from my lovely colleagues, Misha Teramura (Reed College) and John Kuhn (SUNY-Binghamton).

A sixteenth-century engraving envisioning Domitian’s naumachia (staged sea battle) within the Colosseum, c. 85 AD.

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