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EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE’S LAST PLAY FOUND IN SCOTS COLLEGE IN SPAIN ·

(Reevel Alderson’s article appeared 9/19, BBC Scotland.)

A rare edition of Shakespeare’s last play has been found in a Scottish Catholic college in Spain.

The Two Noble Kinsmen, written by Shakespeare with John Fletcher, was found by a researcher investigating the work of the Scots economist Adam Smith.

The 1634 printing could be the oldest Shakespearean work in the country.

In the 17th Century the seminary in Madrid was an important source of English literature for Spanish intellectuals.

The Two Noble Kinsmen was included in a volume made up of several English plays printed from 1630 to 1635.

Dr John Stone, of the University of Barcelona, said he found it among old books in the library of the Real Colegio de Escoceses – Royal Scots College (RSC) -which is now in Salamanca.

What is The Two Noble Kinsmen about?

“Friendship turns to rivalry in this study of the intoxication and strangeness of love,” is how the Royal Shakespeare Company described the play, which is based on Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale.

It was probably written around 1613-14 by Shakespeare and John Fletcher, one of the house playwrights in the Bard’s theatre company the King’s Men.

It was likely to have been Shakespeare’s last play before he retired to Stratford-on-Avon. He died there in 1616 at the age of 52.

Described as a “tragicomedy” the play features best friends, who are knights captured in a battle.

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BELARUS FREE THEATRE/WILMA: SATURDAY, 9/26 AT 8 PM ONLY: A FREE READING OF “INSULTED. BELARUS(SIA)” ·

A READING OF “INSULTED. BELARUS(SIA)” AT 8 PM

BY ANDREI KUREICHIK
TRANSLATED BY JOHN FREEDMAN
DIRECTED BY YURY URNOV

Saturday, September 26, 2020, AT 8 PM

In solidarity with the people and theater community of Belarus, the Wilma Theater is presenting a free reading of Belarus writer Andrei Kureichik’s sensational and timely new play, Insulted. Belarus(sia).

The free reading will be presented live on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 pm. Please consider supporting the Belarus Free Theatre by making a donation by clicking here.

PHOENIX THEATRE ENSEMBLE: THIS THURSDAY ONLY (9/24 AT 4PM)–CRAIG SMITH TALKS TENNESSEE WILLIAMS ·

 

 

A PHOENIX THEATRE ENSEMBLE FUNDRAISER
Tennessee Williams was in residence for his final NY play in the 80’s, the intensely personal and autobiographical Something Cloudy, Something Clear at Jean Cocteau Repertory – the times with TW were wild and memorable. And in the 70’s the wonderful Southern Gothic Farce Kirche Kuchen & Kinder.

Craig Smith who played TW in both plays shares a half-hour cocktail and conversation on working with our greatest playwright – including sharing TW’s self-portrait “An Old Man in a Young Season.”

No ticket charge but this is a fundraiser for Phoenix Theatre Ensemble. Remember to bring a soda or cocktail – will be fun.

To donate directly to PTE, head over to bit.ly/ptedonate

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WHEN F. MURRAY ABRAHAM AND RUTH BADER GINSBURG MET IN VENICE ·

(from The New York Times, 9/21; Photo: The Forward;  via Pam Green.)

The actor recalls a chance encounter that led to a memorable performance.

Sept. 21, 2020

To the Editor:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and I shared a gondola in Venice during the 500th anniversary of the Ghetto in 2016. I was filming the “Merchant of Venice” segment of the PBS “Shakespeare Uncovered” series, and when her boat broke down, I invited her to share mine.

She stood no higher than my shoulder, which startled me, and even now in my memory, our first meeting is one of surprise, because her quiet, assured stillness projected something much bigger and stopped me cold. I imagine it affected everyone the same way; it was calming. Her bodyguard was just about twice her size, and my sense of him was that he was so proud to be her protector.

She and I sat next to each other in the ride to her hotel, and I invited her to act with me in the trial scene from “The Merchant of Venice”; I’d been scheduled to appear in a mock-trial appeal of Shylock’s verdict. She instantly agreed, and it’s on tape somewhere.

After we did the Shakespeare scene, there was an imaginary argument of Shylock’s appeal between real-life international lawyers and scholars, with Ruth as chief justice. They then retired to chambers for half an hour, and when they returned, Chief Justice Ginsburg found for Shylock on several grounds, one of which was that counsel for the defense, Portia, did not have a license to practice law, but also that Shylock, if he had known of the deadly consequences of his actions, would have never insisted on the pound of flesh.

Further, if he had been aware and still insisted, then he was obviously mentally incompetent, therefore not responsible for his actions.

The simplicity, the logic, the clarity of her decision revealed the woman herself, her grace, her intellect and, most of all, her humanity. And now, of our great loss.

F. Murray Abraham
New York

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ARS NOVA ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING AND EXPANDED RESIDENCIES FOR 2020-2021 SEASON ·

(via John Wyszniewski, Everyman Agency)

Here’s what is going on at ARS NOVA:

Debut of Ars Nova Supra, New Digital Streaming Platform

New $150,000+ Vision Residency Program
P.S., Durational Theatrical Experience from Teddy Bergman, Sam Chanse, Amina Henry, Kimie Nishikawa

$100,000 in Artist Flash Grants
The Ars Nova Forever Telethon

 

AND LOOKS FORWARD TO
Heather Christian’s Oratorio for Living Things
nicHi douglas’s (pray)

 

Ars Nova, “an essential civic institution” (Adam Feldman, Time Out New York), under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan and Managing Director Renee Blinkwolt, is pleased to announce details for its upcoming 2020–2021 season. As New Yorkers continue to grapple with daily life amidst a pandemic that prevents us from gathering safely, and work to eradicate and undo the harm caused by our collective and individual racism, Ars Nova is committed to artistic and operational activities that build an anti-racist foundation and create a platform for diverse, adventurous artists. Ars Nova has planned a season centered on its core values, radical artist support, collective curatorial vision and unique theatrical experiences meant to forge a human connection in a time of distance. Although the timeline for gathering together for in-person events is uncertain, Ars Nova remains committed to responding to the needs of its artists, audiences, and community in a variety of meaningful ways.

 

ARS NOVA SUPRA

Ars Nova is pleased to announce the accelerated debut of Ars Nova Supra, a new digital platform dedicated to showcasing some of New York City’s most promising emerging artists. Originally slated to launch next year as a digital extension of Ars Nova that embraces audiences worldwide, Ars Nova Supra will serve as the online home for the majority of Ars Nova presentations this season. Tickets for Ars Nova Supra livestreams are $5-10 per event, with subscriptions available for $15 per month. Subscribers receive access to all monthly livestreams at one low price, plus exclusive on-demand access to the Ars Nova Supra library, where they can catch any shows they may have missed. 

“I don’t see a future for the performing arts that doesn’t include a full embrace of digital mediums,” says Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan. “That was true before COVID-19, and the pandemic drilled home a whole new set of reasons why. Ars Nova Supra will help us address today’s urgent need to keep artists working, and keep audiences entertained from the safety of their homes.”

 

ARS NOVA EXPERIENCES
Ars Nova’s 2020–2021 season also includes the launch of Ars Nova Experiences, featuring new forms of physical, tactile, and off-screen happenings for the COVID-19 age. It begins with P.S., a durational theatrical experience created collaboratively by director/developer Teddy Bergman (KPOP) and playwrights Sam Chanse and Amina Henry (both alumni of Ars Nova’s Play Group) with materials designed by Kimie Nishikawa (Dr. Ride’s American Beach House).

 

Unfolding in real time beginning this November, P.S. will bring intimate storytelling directly into the hands of audiences, as they receive letters sent between two characters isolated from each other during the pandemic. Arriving in the mail every few weeks, the letters and objects the characters exchange will weave a story that responds to the world we are living in until it’s once again safe to gather together. The final act of P.S. will culminate with a live, in-person performance that reunites these characters — and welcomes audiences back — for a cathartic recognition of the historic period we’ve endured. Tickets for the Letters phase of P.S. are $35 per household and go on sale October 1.

 

A second Ars Nova Experience, taking place in Spring 2021, will be announced at a later date.

Equally as important as its public programming, Ars Nova is pleased to announce the launch of two major development programs,  Flash Grants to its current Resident Artists, and a new musical commission, flexing its artist support programs to meet the extraordinary needs of the current moment.

 

VISION RESIDENCY

Designed to foreground Ars Nova’s values through the creation of more equitable and power-sharing curatorial practices, the Vision Residency will expand Ars Nova’s artistic vision by inviting seven artist-curators to populate our digital platform with their own work as well as work by artists they champion and admire. Each Resident will be given broad support from Ars Nova’s full staff, spending two months planning for one month of activity on Ars Nova Supra. Each will receive a $7,500 fee for their curation and administrative work, along with a $12,000 budget to allocate towards the creation, development and presentation of work during their curated month. Vision Residents will be encouraged to invite other artists they feel inspired by, want to collaborate with, or simply wish to amplify, to make and share work using the budget and resources of the residency during their month of programming. The 2020-2021 Vision Residents are Starr BusbynicHi douglasJJJJJerome Ellisraja feather kellyJenny KoonsDavid Mendizábal, and Rona Siddiqui.

 

Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan commented, “I feel so fortunate to get to share the curation of our season on Ars Nova Supra with this newly formed cohort. Bringing this incredible group of artists and thinkers into conversation about who and what will be featured on our platform this year expands our — and their — potential. The Ars Nova community has always thrived most when it is looking forward, and I am thrilled to discover where these visionaries will take us next.”

 

CAMP

Another new developmental program will deepen Ars Nova’s commitment to early career comedy artists at a time when their support systems in NYC have decreased. CAMP will provide a dynamic group of creators with peer support and artistic feedback as they work on developing new comedic work in weekly meetings facilitated by Co-Directors Mahayla Laurence and Matt Gehring. Resident comedy teams, including dance, sketch, or improv collectives, or individuals such as character comedians and storytellers will also share material in monthly live shows, and culminate their CAMP residencies in full-length performances on Ars Nova Supra. Members will be selected through an open submission process beginning September 22. Apply online at arsnovanyc.com/CAMP.

 

FLASH GRANTS

Ars Nova will also continue developing the voices and new work of its current Resident and Commissioned Artists by extending their commission timelines and residencies through 2021 and providing each individual with a $2,500 no-strings-attached Flash Grant to be used however best sustains each artist during this time—whether that’s creating art or paying rent. Should they feel inspired to create, they have an open invitation to share their work on Ars Nova Supra.

 

Ars Nova’s Resident Artists are: Melis Aker, Preston Max Allen, Kevin Armento & Sammy Miller, Serena Berman, Michael Breslin & Patrick Foley, John J. Caswell, Jr., Heather Christian, Manik Choksi & Zi Alikhan, Vichet Chum, Guadlís Del Carmen, Erika Dickerson-Despenza, nicHi douglas, Laura Galindo, Gracie Gardner, Dylan Guerra, Deepali Gupta, Gethsemane Herron-Coward, Jerome & James, David Mendizábal, Nightdrive, Antoinette Nwandu, Ife Olujobi, On the Rocks Theatre Co., Joél Peréz,  Emma Ramos, Michelle J. Rodriguez, Omar Vélez Meléndez, Jillian Walker, Ray Yamanouchi, and Zack Zadek.

 

Additionally, Ars Nova welcomes Khiyon Hursey to this community through a new musical commission.

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IRELAND: DRUIDGREGORY REVIEW–CAPTIVATING PERFORMANCE ROOTED IN HISTORY ·

(Ciara L. Murphy’s article appeared in The Irish Times, 9/17; Photo: The Irish Times: Druid combines representations of raw sorrow, naked nationalism, and raucous humour to honour Gregory’s legacy.)

Revival of Lady Augusta Gregory’s neglected works is of vital importance

★★★★☆

At Coole, the collision of past and present is delivered through a collection of Lady Augusta Gregory’s neglected works. Druid combines representations of raw sorrow, naked nationalism, and raucous humour to honour Gregory’s legacy at her home, the historical site of Coole Park.

Gregory’s plays have been notably absent from Irish stages for far too long. This revival is of vital importance, not only for a canon in urgent need of revision, but also because, despite the common view, Gregory’s plays provide worthy and clever snapshots of an important moment in Irish theatre history.

The nationalism that underpins two of her best-known texts, The Rising of the Moon and Cathleen Ní Houlihan, can appear a blunt instrument in contemporary times. However, these political allegories bookend DruidGregory, highlighting the political significance of Gregory’s work.

The setting of The Rising of The Moon is perhaps the most effective of the entire series, drawing fully on its surroundings. In Cathleen, Marie Mullen is striking as The Old Woman, leaning into moments of stillness and silence, presenting this well-known character as a literal monument of significance.

Standout

Francis O’Connor’s light touch approach to set design allows the natural beauty of Coole Park to take centre stage across the five short plays. Augmented by Barry O’Brien’s simple yet exquisite lighting design, the entire performance places the audience along a porous boundary line between the historical and the contemporary. These threshold spaces hold the power of this performance.

Unexpectedly, the standout performance moves away from nationalist rigour and atmospheric mystique. Gregory’s raucous comedy, Hyacinth Halvey, is the ideal centrepiece of the production. Gregory’s humour is often overlooked, and Hyacinth Halvey rivals Synge for its considered parody of rural twentieth century Ireland.

Presented as a delightful farce, it delivers comic relief and a breadth of capable performances from the ensemble. Here, the set allows for a more ostentatious addition to the traditional setting, which only accentuates its high-energy delivery.

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FAUCI SAYS IT COULD BE A YEAR BEFORE THEATER WITHOUT MASKS FEELS NORMAL ·

Credit…David S. Allee for The New York Times; via Pam Green.)

Dr. Anthony Fauci said a vaccine would need to exist for nearly a year before people might feel comfortable returning to theaters unmasked, which he said would likely be mid- to late 2021.

As theaters look to see how they might reopen with safety accommodations including mask use, Dr. Anthony Fauci says it will likely be more than a year before people feel comfortable returning to theaters without masks.

“If we get a really good vaccine and just about everybody gets vaccinated,” he said in an Instagram Live interview with the actress Jennifer Garner on Wednesday, “you’ll have a degree of immunity in the general community that I think you can walk into a theater without a mask and feel like it’s comfortable that you’re not going to be at risk.”

He said that would most likely not be until mid- to late 2021.

But that doesn’t mean he is saying when it would be safe to go to the theater without a mask. Dr. Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, clarified in a phone interview on Friday that he was referring to when people could return to theatergoing at their pre-coronavirus comfort levels. “Words like ‘safe’ are charged,” he said. “I’m talking about the general trend of when we’ll start to feel comfortable going back to normal if we get a safe and effective vaccine.”

Dr. Fauci said that although a vaccine might be available as early as the end of this year or the beginning of 2021, it would most likely be well into next year before enough people were vaccinated to ensure broad protection.

But Dr. Fauci said that in green-zone areas — those with very low community transmission — indoor theaters may be able to return sooner if people wear masks. “As long as there is infection in the community, you do not want indoor spaces with crowds,” he said Friday. “But in states, cities or counties in the green zone with low levels of infection, I imagine theaters could maybe open at 25 percent capacity, with people wearing masks, sometime as early as next year.”

Experts said Dr. Fauci’s comments help set the expectation that the coronavirus will be around for some time. “We should not be thinking of the vaccine as a silver bullet,” Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University who previously served as Baltimore’s health commissioner, said Friday. “It will take months to vaccinate hundreds of millions of people, and the vaccine may be, at best, 75 percent effective.”

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***** RICHARD NELSON: ‘INCIDENTAL MOMENTS OF THE DAY’ REVIEW – A FEAST FOR COVID HISTORIANS (VIEW ON YOUTUBE UNTIL 11/5) ·

(Mark Lawson’s article appeared in the Guardian, 9/13.)

In the Guardian on Saturday, Martin Amis predicted it will be years before novelists can make sense of the pandemic. Theatre’s swifter turnaround – and technology allowing a form of live performance – have allowed Richard Nelson already to write and direct three Zoom dramas featuring the Apples, a liberal upstate New York family, first seen in four earlier stage plays.

What Do We Need To Talk About? and And So We Come Forth took them through aspects of infection, isolation and lockdown. In Incidental Moments of the Day, a character – with the shock of a bomb going off – meets a stranger outside. But now an election is coming.

Future historians will feast on this project for its reporting of extraordinary times

Future historians will feast on this project for its reporting of extraordinary times. Trainee playwrights will find it invaluable as an exemplar of negotiating staging restraints. Nelson’s uncannily naturalistic cast includes actors who live together in life but not art, and vice versa. Ingenious plotting has kept them in the medically permissible rectangles. With several actors simultaneously in vision, their constant subtle reactions are a new form of acting.

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DIXON PLACE EVENTS, WEEK OF 9/14-9/20 ·

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Week of 9/14-9/20
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)
StylePointe Retrospective, A Virtual Tribute
A Special Event
Dixon Place pays tribute to the extraordinary collaborative work of gifted dancemakers and designers who have brought so much beauty, innovation and glamour to the StylePointe runway.
Friday, September 18, 2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)
Black Artists’ Matter Vol. III
Live on Zoom!
Curated and Hosted by
Arif Silverman
Black Artists’ Matter is a variety night celebrating the work of Black Artists from across the country. Come and experience an eclectic and electric evening of music, theater, comedy, and more. Donations will be split between the artists and The Okra Project, a NYC-based collective that hires Black Trans chefs to provide free, home-cooked meals to members of the Black Trans community. View more information by clicking the button below.
October sneak peek…
The Raising Cain Campaign
The annual Dixon Place Gala can’t happen, so we’re planning a month of celebratory, canny, interactive, virtual, and outdoor fun-raising events to take your mind off despair and help us mitigate ours! A scavenger hunt, a cooking show, pandemic sex stories, puppetry in the park, a talent show, a wacky raffle, parking lot dancers, Ellie’s bizarre birthday event & more?! Whether you’re partisan, bipartisan or nonpartisan — there’s something for everyone! Hang in there fellow travelers, conspirators, advocates, believers, and benefactors… we’re comin for ya! Stay tuned…
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Lower East Side Coastal Community Fellowship
Apply before September 20, 2020
The LES Coastal Community Fellowship is a paid creative residency for a group of neighbors and stakeholders in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to reflect on the years since Hurricane Sandy, build upon existing community resilience to climate impacts, and envision a thriving future for the neighborhood through artistic activities. View more information on this opportunity by clicking the button below.
Dixon Place | 161A Chrystie Streetbtwn. Delancey & RivingtonNew York, N

INTERNATIONAL FILM STAR IN 2021 WORLD MEN’S HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW ·

Adam Sullivan writes to say that last Saturday the 2021 International World Men’s Handball Championship Draw took place at the Giza Pyramids plateau, with Egyptian actor Khaled El Nabawy, famed Egyptian TV presenter Jasmin Taha Zaki, musician Omar Khairat, and the presence of a wide range of International Handball Federation officials, as well as representatives of teams participating in the championship.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhi, praised Egypt’s organizational, technical and management capabilities, as well as its sports facilities, hotels, and international airports. He thanked President Abdel Fattah El Sisi for his directives to organize the prestigious championship.

The 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship will be held in Egypt from January 13 to 31, 2021.