Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Shakespeare Plus: Autumn Leaves, an Oft-invoked Goddess, and Culinary Shakespeare



A Tuesday Edition for a Holiday Week

We're publishing this edition of Shakespeare Plus on Tuesday rather than Wednesday, since so many of our readers may be traveling or baking by midweek. As you celebrate the holidays, you may also enjoy some of our early modern recipes, from savory biscuitsstuffing, and mini turducken pies to sweet potato puddingpumpkin pie, and hot chocolate. We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and happy feasting, wherever you may be.


Holidays in Shakespeare's England

Costumes, role playing, and improvisation—is that the theater or the holidays? On our podcast, we spoke with scholar Erika T. Lin about the many holidays in Shakespeare's time, when differences between festivities and theater were far less clear than they are today.


 What's Onstage and Online This November 

Chicago Shakespeare Theater puts on an As You Like It filled with Beatles songs (above) and the Atlanta Shakespeare Theater continues its "Binge Fest" of the plays. Online, the Shakespeare@ Home audio productions take their cue from the classic age of radio drama.





Autumn Leaves: An Improvisation in Poetry and Jazz

Join us for Autumn Leaves, an extraordinary Folger program that is available on demand starting this week and through June 30, 2022. Acclaimed jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut joins poets Kyle Dargan and Lenard D. Moore for an intimate improvisation of words and music, exploring the magic that materializes when artists collaborate. In 2016, Chestnut also composed "Father Time," in response to Sonnet 12, for the Folger; he performed it again at the 2021 Folger Gala (below, at 19:08).

In Autumn Leaves, the artists share their powerful compositions to spark and inspire each other in a free style performance, which is part reading, part concert. The evening concludes with a discussion between Chestnut, Dargan, and Moore and Folger Director of Programming Karen Ann Daniels, with Folger Director Michael Witmore. 

Co-sponsored by Folger Consort and the Folger's O.B. Hardison Poetry Series, Autumn Leaves was recorded live at the Arts Club of Washington, November 4, 2021. The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series is pleased to partner with East City Bookshop, an independently run, women-owned bookstore on Capitol Hill, where you can purchase books by both poets. Pickup is available at the shop, and it ships (almost) anywhere. 




Exploring the Life of the Bard

Lena Cowen Orlin, a former Executive Director of the Folger Institute, suggests that Shakespeare may have commissioned his memorial bust. Read from her book on Shakespeare's life.


An Oft-Invoked Goddess

Shakespeare's characters often allude to Aphrodite or Venus, and she has a leading role in his long poem Venus and Adonis. But in his time, what did most people know about the goddess of love?


Food and Drink in the Plays

Co-edited by David B. Goldstein, one of the directors of the Folger's Before "Farm to Table" project, Culinary Shakespeare explores food and drink in the plays. Check for a discount, too.








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