June Blogroll: PDX Summer Shakespeares Edition

Dear readers,

After the 400th anniversary celebrations, one would assume it likely that Shakespeare performances might wane. After all, we did have the Cultural Olympiad, featuring the World Shakespeare Festival, as part of the London 2012 Olympics. In 2016, there were an incredible number of events across the globe, including world tours and major city initiatives (such as the Chicago City Desk project), that staged unprecedented cycles of Shakespeare originals and adaptations. It would seem, however, that this glut of Shakespeare has stabilized an appetite for productions rather than causing audiences to be surfeit. Lucky, lucky me.

I have now had a year to get a sense of the Shakespeare landscape here in the Pacific Northwest, with the  help of some friends—most notably, Linfield professor and regular New Yorker contributor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner. Oregon is a hub for Shakespeare due to its award-winning regional festival in Ashland. The Henry IV plays they are running this summer are something special, by virtue of the ensemble, the lead Daniel Jose Molina, and the thoughtful direction by Lileana Blain-Cruz. If the five-hour drive and ticket prices are a deterrent for you, do not fear: there are a number of interesting Shakespeare events closer to the Columbia this summer.

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New web post with #shakes400chi

Dear readers,

Over the past week I have been in Louisville, Kentucky, grading AP Literature exams. Just before I dashed off for this epic bout of grading, I had a web post published with City Desk 400: Scholars from 10 Universities Share Their Perspectives. The site is a part of the #shakes400chi initiative, a year-long celebration of Shakespeare and theatre sponsored by the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. They are bringing in a great number of international productions, lectures, and other events elucidating the breadth of responses to and range of engagement with the plays we associate with William Shakespeare.

My post, “Malvolio’s Revenge; Or, Disabusing the Audience,” went live earlier this week, and I hope you’ll check it out. It featured the one-man act of Tim Crouch, whose Twitter persona said of the review:

More publications are on the horizon this summer. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the show!