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Lecture series and talkbacks

ABOUT THE BLACKFRIARS playhouse LECTURE SERIES

At the heart of our love of Shakespeare is his uncanny ability with language and especially his facile handling of the unruly nature of words. That unruliness is what makes the performance of his plays so new, for the audience as well as for the actor. The desire to probe the intricacies of Shakespeare’s language is why we usually begin rehearsals for our Summer, Fall, and Touring seasons with a tablework period: directors leading the actors through 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 wonderful plays.

POST-SHOW TALKBACKS
Join our actors after each Thursday night performance for an engaging and interactive talkback session.  Not to be missed! 

2017 ACTORS' RENAISSANCE SEASON LECTURE SCHEDULE

Dr. Ralph Presents
Renown 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. 
February 9 - School for Scandal
February 16 - Coriolanus
March 2 - Shakespeare's Sister
March 9 - Merchant of Venice
March 22 - Fair Maid of the Exchange

Inside Plays
Step onto the Blackfriars Playhouse stage to explore stagecraft and drama as a member of Lord Chamberlain's Men might have. 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 15 - Shakespeare's Sister
March 23 - School for Scandal
March 29 - Fair Maid of the Exchange
March 30 - Coriolanus
April 5 - Merchant of Venice

2017 HUNGRY HEARTS SPRING SEASON LECTURE SCHEDULE

DR. RALPH PRESENTS
Renown 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. 
April 12 - The Two Gentlemen of Verona
April 19 - Romeo and Juliet
April 20 - Our Town

INSIDE PLAYS
Step onto the Blackfriars Playhouse stage to explore stagecraft and drama as a member of Lord Chamberlain's Men might have. 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.
April 13 - Romeo and Juliet
April 27 - Our Town
May 3 - The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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

NEWS FEED

2017 Renaissance Season
• THE MERCHANT OF VENICE • CORIOLANUS • THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL [ more ]