HENRY the SIXTH (Part 1) Playreading Feb. 21
HENRY the SIXTH, PART ONE
By William Shakespeare
Thursday 21 Feb 2013 7.30pm
Contact darlene.farabee-AT-usd-DOT-edu for location.
From Professor Darlene Farabee: The playreadings are starting up again for the semester, finally! I'm starting off the semester with this very interesting history play, and planning to have the other two parts in fairly quick succession. We are
reading all three in a row for the Shakespeare's Histories class, and it
should make for a nice short series. This one includes Joan de Pucelle
(Joan of Arc) who, as you might imagine, comes off rather differently in
this English version of the French martyr (saint, folk hero, battle
leader, mystic). When Henry the Fifth died, he left his brothers in
charge over his infant son (Henry the Sixth). One of those brothers,
Duke of Bedford, is the Prince John (John of Lancaster) from Henry IV,
Part Two --if you remember his role, you might think twice about how
that might work out.
Please let me know before Tuesday morning (19 Feb), if you are coming, and I'll send out the cast list late on Tuesday night.
I'll send out separate announcements for the other two as the time comes, but if you are wanting to mark your calendar, I'm planning:
2H6 Tuesday 26 Feb
3H6 Tuesday 12 March just after spring break.
Shakespearean Drama on Stage - Class/Spring Break Trip
It's time to register for the Spring 2013 Shakespearean Drama on Stage: Spring Break three-credit upper-level English/Theatre Course (whew, that was a mouthful). The deadline for students to apply is December 1, 2012.
Students, please note that you cannot sign up for the course through WebAdvisor; it is, as Professor Darlene Farabee explains, "essentially run as a 'study abroad' and students must apply through the Abroad Office site through Academic Engagement."
For this spring break course Shakespeare Drama on Stage (ENGL 493/593; THEA 490/590), students, led by Professor Farabee, travel to Staunton, Virginia to see seven performances at the Blackfriars playhouse--the only reproduction of Shakespeare's indoor theatre.
Professor Farabee explains further:
As a group, we will travel over spring break from March 2, 2013 to March 10, 2013 to Staunton, Virginia to the Blackfriars, Playhouse at the American Shakespeare Center to attend workshops, rehearsals, and productions of five plays: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Shakespeare and Fletcher's Two Noble Kinsmen, Wycherley's The Country Wife, Fletcher and Massinger's The Custom of the Country, and Shakespeare and Fletcher's Henry VIII. The repertory company of professor actors at ASC perform all of the plays So, over the course of the week, we see these twelve to fifteen actors perform all of these plays and rehearsals.
The faculty-led program costs $1725 plus the cost of the 3 credit hours of tuition (at normal tuition rate). The program cost includes shuttles to and from USD to the airport; the airfare; a shuttle to and from Staunton; the hotel for eight nights; breakfast every morning; wi-fi access at the hotel; attendance at workshops; guest lectures; rehearsals; all tickets to performances; and two evening meals while in Saunton. The deposit of $800 (due by December 14, 2012) pays for the plane fare and the deposiit to the American Shakespeare Center.
For more information and details about how to apply and register, contact Professor Farabee at darlene.farabee-AT-usd-DOT-edu . You can also view a video about the 2012 spring break trip here: http://youtu.be/8uy2KtG4CfI .
Shakespeare Festival June 8-10, 2012
The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival takes place June 8, 9, and 10, 2012 at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. The festival features theatre workshops for young people, a scholars' roundtable, and an outdoor performance of Shakespeare's As You Like It. The festival is free and open to the general public.
The Scholars' Roundtable, scheduled for Saturday, June 9, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Farber Hall (Old Main), will feature the USD English Department's Professor Darlene Farabee, along with Lois Potter, emeritus professor of Shakespeare at the University of Delaware, and Peter Kanelos, Shakespeare professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Loyola University. They will discuss Shakespeare's As You Like It.
USD Students Travel to Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton, Virginia
Everyone, here is a video-story of Assistant Professor Darlene Farabee's trip with her students over spring break to the renowned Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton, Virginia, where they saw Renaissance plays, including the works of Shakespeare, of course. The video-story features students Sammi Geppert, Thai Hoang, and Bethanne Sherard. Technology fellow Morgan Ellefson put together the video-story.
Playreading: KING JOHN March 18
By William Shakespeare
Sunday 18 March 2012 7 p.m.
Email for location (see details below).
From Professor Darlene Farabee: I am hosting this playreading on Sunday evening partly because Professor Barbara Traister will be visiting from Lehigh University (and giving a lecture the next day). She plans to attend the playreading and this was one of her suggestions of plays she would be particularly interested in. Also, nice to read a history play now, since we’ll be reading Henry V fairly soon after (in April). King John is an early play, both for Shakespeare writing it –and also as an history of an early king of England (reigned 1199-1216). John was son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. It might be one you haven’t read before.
If you are able to come to the reading, email me by noon on Friday and I’ll cast the play on Saturday morning.
Darlene Farabee, darlene.farabee-AT-usd-DOT-edu
Presentation "Measurement and Understanding in Drama of Shakespeare's Time" Feb. 9
Assistant Professor Darlene Farabee will present "Within the Fathomes of His Conscience": Measurement and Understanding in Drama of Shakespeare's Time" Thursday, February 9, at 7 p.m. in the Beacom School of Business, room 129. This event is sponsored by the Humanities Research Forum.
Professor Farabee's trips to PA and VA in March 2011
Assistant Professor Darlene Farabee, who teaches in the English Department, was the guest scholar for the “Scholars in Conversation” event on 21 March 2011 at the Lantern Theater (Philadelphia PA) in conjunction with their current production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A Pennsylvania Humanities Council grant supports this series.
Professor Farabee also recently returned from a faculty-led program over Spring Break, taking undergraduate and graduate students to the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA where students attended six performances of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the
Blackfriars Theater, the only reproduction of Shakespeare’s indoor theater. Students took part in workshops and discussions with actors and
visiting scholars and attended rehearsals and performances of The Comedy of Errors, The Malcontent, A Trick to Catch the Old One, Look About You, and Henry the Sixth, Part Three, all performed by a repertory company of thirteen actors.
Shakespeare in Film
See Shakespeare in film, courtesy of Professor Darlene Farabee. All films are shown in Farber Hall at 7 p.m. on the dates listed below.
ENGL 432/532 Films in Farber Hall:
Monday 16 February 2009 7pm
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
See what Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were up to while Hamlet was off soliloquizing!
Monday 2 March 2009 7pm
Shakespeare in Love
See how Shakespeare came up with Romeo and Juliet while still a beginning playwright working on The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Monday 23 March 2009 7pm
Searching for Shakespeare
See beautiful footage of Stratford and London in this documentary searching for clues to understand Shakespeare’s life and work.
English Dept. Open House and Shakespeare Garden Festival
Join us for two special events this coming week: the English Department Open House on October 16 and the Shakespeare Garden Festival on October 18.