Here I am in Cedar City, Utah, for the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Wooden O Symposium at Southern Utah University (enough Utahs in there for you?). Check out the promotional poster in my hotel’s window:
You gotta love how they got GoodTickleBrain’s Mya Gosling to create the artwork!
Registration begins in a couple of hours, then after an undergrad panel and a two-paper-presentation on Romeo and Juliet (one is on a personal favorite subject, Time), I’ll be part of another two-paper panel, “Brothers? In Arms: Cuckoldry and Gender Confusion in Shakespeare,” in which I’ll be presenting a paper (by now you all know the subject, but just in case: “Military Homosociality and the Fear of Cuckoldry in Much Ado About Nothing and Othello“), along with a professor from Oklahoma Baptist University (who’ll be talking on “Shakespeare and Gender in Adaptation: Construction, Deconstruction, and Reconstruction” … sounds very cool). After that, I can relax and enjoy the opening address by Gosling, followed by a reception.
Tomorrow, we get a keynote address from Heather Wolfe, from the Folger Library, followed by two more presentation panels, a lunch, followed by a matinee of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, then the Symposium’s banquet (with a panel of actors from the performance). We then get to check out the green-show and an evening performance of As You Like It.
Wednesday, the day kicks off with another undergrad panel, followed by an actors panel with folks from As You Like It. We get a three-paper panel, and a closing session.
Then I get to sleep…and fly back on Thursday.
My to-do list (beyond all of the above):
- Meet Mya Gosling, whose work I’ve loved…and try to get her to agree to an interview for a future podcast.
- Check out the new play by the guys who created The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged): William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).
- Network, network, network (and maybe finds some interview candidates)
I’ll have reviews and full reports later in the week. Needless to say, tomorrow’s “This Week in Shakespeare” is going to be a non-cast.