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Lecture series and talkbacks

At the heart of our love of Shakespeare lies our appreciation of his uncanny ability with language and his handling of the unruly nature of words. That unruliness makes his plays so timeless, for the audience as well as for the actor.

Our deep interest in Shakespeare’s language drives our early rehearsals for our Summer, Fall, and Touring seasons with tablework: directors leading the actors line-by-line, paraphrasing of the text; scanning all the verse; and exploring the multiple possibilities and textual variants inside the rich words of these plays.

POST-SHOW TALKBACKS

Join our actors after each Thursday night performance for an engaging and interactive talkback session, where audiences supply questions for the actors to answer.

2018 ACTORS' RENAISSANCE SEASON LECTURE SCHEDULE

All lectures are free and open to the public, even if you're not attending the evening show.

DR. RALPH PRESENTS
Renowned Shakespeare scholar and ASC Co-Founder and Director of Mission Ralph Cohen provides his unique and cunning insight prior to the evening's performance. Ralph's charm and good humor make this entertaining and enlightening lecture series a Blackfriars Playhouse favorite.

January 25, 5:30 PM - Hamlet
February 1, 5:30 PM - Richard II
February 15, 5:30 PM - Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
February 22, 5:30 PM - Richard II
March 14, 5:30 PM - The Way of the World

Inside plays
Step onto the Blackfriars Playhouse stage to explore stagecraft and drama as if you are a member of Lord Chamberlain's Men. In this interactive workshop, participants will discover why Shakespeare's stagecraft is as revered as his wordcraft, while confronting the unique challenges raised by each production.

March 8, 5:30 PM - Richard II
March 15, 5:30 PM - Hamlet
March 22, 5:30 PM - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
March 29, 5:30 PM - The Way of the World
April 5, 5:30 PM - Antonio's Revenge

“And good plays prove the better by the help...” (As You Like It)

NEWS FEED

2017 SUMMER/FALL SEASON
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING [ more ]