The HWS Theatre Program recently announced the first event in a new series called Frame/Works, which debuts in conjunction with the production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Thursday, Nov. 7.
The series will kick-off with Assistant Professor of English Rob Carson, who will give a preshow talk, titled “Offending Shadows.” Carson’s talk will be held from 5-6 p.m. in Bartlett Theatre, Coxe Hall and is free and open to the public.
Carson will explore some of the challenges and opportunities that “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” presents for theatre companies and contemporary audiences alike. He will also reflect on some of the ways that the play would have differed for Shakespeare’s audiences in 1595.
Designed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Christine Woodworth, Frame/Works is a program formulated to draw connections between scholarly examination and artistic practice. Scholars are invited to present their research on a play, playwright, historical moment, genre or style in a pre-show lecture prior to a performance.
Pre-show lectures and post-show talkbacks often fall under the category of Dramaturgy, which can include a number of tasks such as literary management, the development of new playwriting, collaboration with directors, designers, and actors, season selection, and audience outreach. Dramaturgy synthesizes research across a number of historical moments and disciplines including the context within which a play text was originally written and performed, the paradigm within which the production is staged, and the current moment of production.
Carson uses Shakespeare’s plays as an opportunity to place contemporary critical theory into dialogue with early modern philosophy. He has published articles on Shakespeare and early modern skepticism, on “Richard III” and early modern resistance theory, and on the linguistic turn in Shakespeare Studies. He is currently completing revisions on his first book, “Every Third Thought: Shakespeare and the Early Modern Play of Ideas.”
Woodworth holds a Ph.D. in theatre from Bowling Green State University, an M.A. from Indiana University, and a B.A. from St. Lawrence University. She has directed such productions as “In the Blood,” which portrays a family sunk in poverty.
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