Shakespeare Authorship Symposium 2017 led by David Montee

Saturday, April 22, 2017
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Mallory-Towsley Center, Interlochen Center for the Arts
4000 M-137 Hwy
Interlochen, MI 49643
United States

Since the challenge to William Shakespeare’s authorship was first issued in the 19th century, the investigation of who really wrote the plays we so revere has evolved into something of a cottage industry. Could this simple man from a small village, miles from urban and courtly life, really have written some of the greatest literary works in the English language? And, if this simply educated man from Stratford was not the true author of the plays, then who was?

In honor of the Interlochen Theatre Division’s production of Cardenio, a “lost” play by William Shakespeare, and Shakespeare’s birthday/death day on April 23, we invite you to join us for a special daylong symposium on Saturday, April 22 to examine the authorship issue surrounding Shakespeare’s works. A distinguished panel of invited Shakespeare scholars, including Dr. Sabrina Feldman, author of The Apocryphal Shakespeare and The Shakespearean Glass Slipper, and Dr. Richard Joyrich, founding member of the Oberon Shakespeare Study Group, will join moderator, Academy Theatre Instructor, and director of Cardenio, Dr. David Montee, to provide a glimpse into the authorship controversy and different schools of thought. Panelists will examine the mysteries and controversies of Shakespeare’s works and will also explore the mechanics of playwright collaboration in the Elizabethan/Jacobean theatre. Symposium participants will come away from the session with new insights on the revered bard that will be of benefit to both educators and enthusiasts alike. To conclude the day, participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a special 30-minute “behind the scenes” pre-performance introduction to Cardenio, as presented by Interlochen’s production designers. The day is sure to delight and stir the imagination of those in attendance.

Please note: For those interested in attending the Friday evening, Saturday evening, or Sunday matinee performance of Cardenio, tickets must be purchased separately from the box office. For registrants of the Authorship Symposium, tickets will be available by phone only on March 22 and 23 before going on sale on the website to the general public on March 24. Please visit the links below for Cardenio tickets and information or call the Box Office at 231.276.7800.

Performance dates and ticket links:

Cardenio, by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, Harvey Theatre

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