27 8 / 2014

Back Room Shakespeare Project (BRSP) has not touched a history play since we started years ago. Oh, and now we are TOUCHING one. And we are touching it GOOD.A fucking unbelievable woven web of political deals, deaths, prophesy, and the Papacy. It’s a fun reminder that Kingship in the 1200’s was really no different than the Mafia at the turn of the century. We have be-headings. We have conspiracy. We have a monk who poisons a GD KING! Oh, and dysentery. We have dysentery too. With so many twists and turns, back-stabs and bastards - we can’t wait to kick this one apart for you. Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, 2014 (NOT A MONDAY - as per usual)At John Barleycorn in Rivernorth.Doors at 6:30 & Play @ 7:00.Playing this time around are:Skyler Schrempp, Brian Golden, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Mark Dannenberg Hines, Audrey Flegel, Tyler Meredith, Caitlin Costello, Cody Proctor, Nicholas Harazin, Kelley Ristow, Delia Baseman, Isaac Schoepp, Matthew Sherbach, and a special walk-on performance. Serious Actors. No Director. One Rehearsal. In a Bar. See you next Tuesday, y’all.King John - It’s a History, Bitches.

Back Room Shakespeare Project (BRSP) has not touched a history play since we started years ago. Oh, and now we are TOUCHING one. And we are touching it GOOD.

A fucking unbelievable woven web of political deals, deaths, prophesy, and the Papacy. It’s a fun reminder that Kingship in the 1200’s was really no different than the Mafia at the turn of the century. We have be-headings. We have conspiracy. We have a monk who poisons a GD KING! Oh, and dysentery. We have dysentery too. 

With so many twists and turns, back-stabs and bastards - we can’t wait to kick this one apart for you. 

Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, 2014 (NOT A MONDAY - as per usual)
At John Barleycorn in Rivernorth.
Doors at 6:30 & Play @ 7:00.

Playing this time around are:
Skyler Schrempp, Brian Golden, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Mark Dannenberg Hines, Audrey Flegel, Tyler Meredith, Caitlin Costello, Cody Proctor, Nicholas Harazin, Kelley Ristow, Delia Baseman, Isaac Schoepp, Matthew Sherbach, and a special walk-on performance. 

Serious Actors. No Director. One Rehearsal. In a Bar. 

See you next Tuesday, y’all.
King John - It’s a History, Bitches.

24 8 / 2014

WYW’s Twelfth Night @ UIIUC

Hello! It’s a new year for the What You Will Shakespeare Company and for our 9th season we are starting things off with auditions for one of the Bard’s most beloved comedies, Twelfth Night, or What You Will. 

Directed by Matthew James Marquez 
Assisted by Stephany Guerrero and Jeri Murphy 

Wednesday, August 27th
7:00 PM-10:00 PM
English Building Room 150
608 South Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Performance Dates: 
Friday, October 17th and Saturday, October 18th

“[P]leasure will be paid, one time or another.”- Twelfth Night, Act 2 Scene 4

This tale of cross-dressing mistaken identity touches upon themes of love, loss, obligation, and pleasure in order to explore aspects of the basic human condition that affect our paths in life. Do we take a path of passion letting our hearts guide our way or do we let a sense of obligation lead us to a greater sense of self? Our production will explore these questions and more as we are invited into the fun-loving and confusing world of Illyria. Full of song, love, pain, and comedy, this Twelfth Night will utilize audience interaction and vibrant colors with visceral key moments to truly question these characters and the audiences relationship with them.


NO PREPARATION NECESSARY!
The current need for actors is 6 Males, 3 Females, and 2 Gender Neutral.
RSVP on Facebook!
Just show up, fill out a form, pick a monologue, read it over, come into the room when no one is in, and HAVE FUN!

We hope to see you there!

The Twelfth Night Production Team

Matthew James Marquez, Director
Jeri Murphy, Assistant Director
Stephany Guerrero, Assistant Director

22 8 / 2014

Graduate Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students

Word and Image in the Renaissance
Led by James A. Knapp, Loyola University Chicago; and Jennifer Waldron, University of Pittsburgh
http://www.newberry.org/10242014-october-2014-graduate-research-methods-workshop-early-career-graduate-students

Application deadline: September 22
Workshop: 9 am to 5 pm Friday, October 24
Open to graduate students in a terminal master’s program and those who have not yet completed comprehensive exams in a PhD program. No language prerequisites.

Download a PDF flyer to post and distribute: http://www.newberry.org/sites/default/files/calendar-attachments/WordAndImageFlyer.pdf.

"All media are mixed media," claims theorist W. J. T.  Mitchell. This workshop will examine several key issues in the long history of "mixed" media by focusing on interrelations between text and image in Renaissance Europe.

The workshop will explore broadsides, pamphlets, frontispieces, emblem books, maps, atlases, and other items from the Newberry Library collections.  In addition to broadly framing the historical and theoretical issues raised by word-image relations in the Renaissance, the workshop leaders will present specific examples of how changing technological and cultural conditions have influenced text-image relations, including the role of visual techniques in the organization and production of knowledge, particularly the production of world maps and universal histories in an era of nascent globalization; the impact of Reformation iconoclasm on visual and print culture, from Lutheran satire to Foxe’s book of martyrs and beyond; and the challenges and opportunities surrounding digitization of early modern printed books and images, from Early English Books Online to the Folger’s digital Shakespeare texts for iPad.

Students with concentrations in literature (of any European language), history, art history, manuscript studies, history of the book, and other relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply. Limited enrollment is by competitive application; students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium schools (http://www.newberry.org/center-renaissance-studies-consortium-members) have priority, in accordance with the consortium agreement. Fees are waived for students from consortium institutions. Such students  may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend (http://www.newberry.org/newberry-renaissance-consortium-grants). Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

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22 8 / 2014

New IPRH Reading Group: EMRG

The Early Modern Reading Group (EMRG) is a new IPRH reading group. The inaugural meeting will be held next Thursday, August 28, at 4:00 pm in EB 104. No reading required for the first meeting.

Focusing on the early modern archive, the EMRG will read a generically-circumscribed set of texts curated to recreate their potential intertextualities and interrogate literary canonicity. The 2014-15 academic year will focus on the repertory of the Lord Admiral’s Men. which includes canonical works such as Robert Greene’s Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay and non-canonical works such as Robert Yarington’s Two Lamentable Tragedies. Participants meet monthly to discuss one primary text and secondary readings, generating a conversation to result in a research symposium. Conversations will also focus upon the plays as performance texts.

More information, including the reading schedule, can be found on their website:http://publish.illinois.edu/erlymodrn

21 8 / 2014

EMW Fall Call-for Participants

In EMW news, Catharine Gray has generously agreed to take Andrea’s place this year as faculty coordinator.  Please feel free to let me, Carla, or Catharine know if you have an announcement you’d like forwarded to the EMW list, an event/conference of interest to others, or especially if you’d like to workshop or present a paper this year.  In the past, people have presented everything from articles to conference papers and dissertation chapters.  Those working in the 18th century and medieval periods are welcome to present as well!    

Wishing you a great semester,
Carla, Patrick, Catharine