The Guide to the Season Plays introduces you to the 2014 – 2015 Season at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. The Guide provides you the opportunity to deepen your connection to the plays that will be on our stage in the upcoming year. Scholars and writers from across the country have shared their thoughts, research and intelligent analysis. Take this guide with you wherever you...
The Guide to the Season Plays introduces you to the 2014 – 2015 Season at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. The Guide provides you the opportunity to deepen your connection to the plays that will be on our stage in the upcoming year. Scholars and writers from across the country have shared their thoughts, research and intelligent analysis. Take this guide with you wherever you go on your favorite device as you prepare to attend our productions.
About the Shakespeare Theatre Company
The Shakespeare Theatre Company, the recipient of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award (R), works to present classic theatre of scope and size in an imaginative, skillful and accessible American style that honors the playwrights' language and intentions will viewing their work through a 21st-century lens. STC's productions blend classical traditions and modern originality. Hallmarks include exquisite sets, elegant costumes, leading classical actors and, above all, an uncompromising dedication to quality.
About STC Education
The central mission of the Shakespeare Theatre Company Education department is to deepen understanding of, appreciation for and connection to classic theatre in diverse learners of all ages through accessible programs that celebrate multiple perspectives. We seek to fulfill this mission through establishing a myriad of innovative avenues to experience the classics, strengthening our collaborations with schools locally and nationally, engaging in scholarly dialogue with community and audience members. We seek to empower learners to think critically, question freely, share openly and engage in an ongoing exploration of Shakespeare.
From Artistic Director Michael Kahn:
Education is an important element of any professional theatre, but for a classical theatre like Shakespeare Theatre Company, it is vital. We aim to lead as the nation’s premier destination for classical theatre, providing a training ground for the next generation of theatre artists and high-quality educational content for audiences, students and scholars. It is our responsibility to share our passion for Shakespeare with the next generation and the larger community. As the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, it is a mission I take very seriously.
I believe in an ongoing study and practice of Shakespeare and his work. Exploring the classics is not only rigorous and stimulating – it also leads us closer to universal truths. When we go to the theatre, we engage with other human beings. We are part of a community where we are asked to be compassionate: to laugh with or grieve for others, and to understand people, lives and cultures different from our own.
With our range of Education programs, we strive to support and expand the work on our stages in many different environments. We endeavor to foster passion for the arts and to deepen the connection to classical theatre in learners of all ages and backgrounds. And by sharing its magic, we work to secure the future of classical theatre for generations to come.
Paul A. Kottman is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at The New School for Social Research. The author of A Politics of the Scene (Stanford UP, 2008), Tragic Conditions in Shakespeare (J Hopkins UP, 2009) and the editor of Philosophers on Shakespeare (Stanford, 2009), he is currently completing a new book, tentatively called Romantic Love as Human Freedom.
Clare Wallace is an associate professor at the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Charles University in Prague. She is author of The Theatre of David Greig (2013) and Suspect Cultures: Narrative, Identity and Citation in 1990s New Drama (2006) and is editor of Monologues: Theatre, Performance, Subjectivity and Stewart Parker Television Plays (2008). She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary Drama in English.
Derek Connon is Professeur of French at Swansea University. He is the author of a monograph on the theater of Piron, Identity and Transformation in the Plays of Alexis Piron, and of critical editions of four of his plays for the Parisian fairs. He has published a number of academic articles on French theater from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, and is currently General Editor of the Modern Language Review.
Edward Friedman is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish and Professor of Comparative Literature at Vanderbilt University, where he also serves as director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. He is a past president of the Cervantes Society of America and author of Cervantes in the Middle: Realism and Reality in the Spanish Novel.
James Magruder, Playwright and novelist, has translated Molière’s The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, and The Bourgeois Gentleman. He teaches dramaturgy at Swarthmore College and fiction at the University of Baltimore.
David Schalkwyk, originally Professor of English at the University of Cape Town, is currently Director of Global Shakespeare at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Warwick. He has been Director of Research at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. and editor of the Shakespeare Quarterly. His most recent book is Hamlet’s Dreams: The Robben Island Shakespeare, published in 2013 by the Bloomsbury.