Starting July 5, the International Shakespeare Center (ISC) begins a series of presentations called Shakespeare Talks!, 6-7:30 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club.
“The talks will be about anything Shakespeare that audiences would love to hear about. And the format will vary—slide presentation, lecture, discussion, quiz show, scenes from the plays, whatever we would all find interesting and provocative,” ISC co-founder Robin Williams said.
July 5: Dr. Duane Roller kicks off the series with a lecture on Shakespeare’s views on classical antiquity and how they have formed modern perceptions—for better or worse. Dr. Roller is professor emeritus of Greek and Latin at Ohio State University and author of Cleopatra: A Biography.
Aug. 2: A panel discussion to coincide with the isc’s summer repertory production of The Merchant of Venice to gain a richer view of this problem play. On the panel is a rabbi, a scholar, a theater historian, and the director of theisc’s production.
Sept. 6: Sample Shakespearean scenes from different perspectives in a talk called, “Every Performance is an Interpretation.” Professional actors will perform and audience members will have a chance to suggest interpretations of their own and have them acted out.
Shakespeare Talks! and the upcoming summer repertory productions are projects of the ISC Santa Fe, a non-profit organization that helped bring the first printing of Shakespeare’s plays to the NM Museum of Art in February 2016. Since the success of First Folio February, the ISC has also partnered with five local high schools to forge a Youth Shakespeare Festival, established the ISC Press, is about to launch a national Shakespeare reading initiative, and opened a video channel.
The ISC’s mission to make Santa Fe a destination for world-class Shakespeare is well underway.