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Jamestown celebrates Year of Shakespeare | O, What Learning Is!

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The University of Jamestown in North Dakota will mark the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death next year with “A Year of Shakespeare.” The program will host a Shakespeare-oriented event on campus each month through April 2016. Robert Badal (UJ President), Phyllis Bratton (library director), Paul Olson (vice president of academic affairs), and Richard Walentine (music program director) assembled the roster of events.

Breakneck-Shakespeare-UJ-Poster The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare newsFirst up in September, actor Tim Mooney will perform his own one-hour, one-man version of Hamlet with “Breakneck Hamlet.” Then in October, President Badal will present a free gallery talk entitled “Bright Stars of the 19th Century London Stage,” which will include a collection of posters from the Royal Theatre in London.

The University’s Theatre Department will present the musical “Kiss Me, Kate” during the month of November.

In December, Bratton will focus on the student body when she hosts “Tudor Crafts for Christmas: 16th Century Gift Making” before exams. Those who join in will have the opportunity to make felt gloves, orange pomander balls, pomander beads, marzipan candies, and stained-glass windows while enjoying hot cider and refreshments.

twelfthnightuj The Shakespare Standard shakespeare newsSean Flory, “the university’s expert on Shakespeare,” will conclude the month of January with a free lecture on the phrases and words in Shakespeare’s works that influence our modern language. In February, Walentine will host “Shakespeare in Song and Solioquy” with performers who share their favorite pieces of music in Shakespeare and works of music they have inspired. Art students of professor Sharon Cox will offer a dinner in March that will present information about court life in Elizabethan Europe and include food from the era.

The program will conclude in April with a production of “Twelfth Night” and National Poetry Month readings. Each day in April, students will stand and read sonnets during lunch.

Author Claire

Claire Kimball earned her Master of Letters degree in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College. She has served as a dramaturg for the American Shakespeare Center and Brave Spirits Theatre. Claire has presented her research to the Shakespeare Association of America, the Blackfriars Conference, the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, and the Comparative Drama Conference. Her essay on developing a rehearsal technique for early modern drama appeared in Renaissance Papers 2008.

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