Here’s what happened in 2011:
This summer, Winona State University and the Great River Shakespeare Festival are excited to bring together Shakespeare scholars and GRSF practitioners for extended public conversations about A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry IV, Part I. This is a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of professional theatre artists and to interact with various experts in the field of Shakespearean scholarship.
The two events (Midsummer Symposium, Sunday July 10th, Henry IV, Part I, Sunday July 17th) begin at 10am with presentations by a panel of several scholars, followed by moderated conversation with the audience and GRSF company members. Topics will include discussion of the relationship between Shakespeare scholarship and performance, the differences between quarto and folio texts, and many others. There is an optional lunch with panelists and GRSF company members from 11am-12pm, followed by a second session from 12pm-1:15. During this session, scholars are joined by the director of the GRSF production and by several members of the professional acting company. The director will discuss approaches to the play, while the actors will perform a selected scene from various approaches, giving the audience a glimpse into how theatrical meaning can be shaped by different understandings of the play. Scholars and practitioners will then discuss the play in a moderated discussion with the audience.
The symposium audience is encouraged to attend the afternoon performance of the show at 2pm (buy tickets).
Price $10 (without lunch)
$20 (with lunch)
For more information, contact Andrew Carlson at email@example.com