A three-day conference at the University of Georgia will explore how writers, readers, and performers from around the world adapt the 400-year-old works of Shakespeare and make them their own.
“Appropriation in the Age of Global Shakespeare,” will bring together four of the leading experts and other scholars of Shakespeare for panels, roundtables, workshops, brown-bag talks and readings. The symposium is sponsored by the UGA Libraries, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the Department of English, the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, the Office of Service Learning, and the University of Georgia Symposium on the Book.
The conference commemorates the 10th anniversary of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, the award-winning, scholarly, multimedia journal, founded by UGA English professors Christy Desmet and Sujata Iyengar.
More information and a complete schedule is available at: https://shaxandapp2015.wordpress.com/
Capping the first day of the symposium will be an address by Alexa Huang of George Washington University: “Others Within: Ethics in the Age of Global Shakespeare” at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
Huang is founding co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute and director of the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare program. She has received the Modern Language Association’s Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies. She is founding co-director of the Global Shakespeare Video and Performance Archive, and was Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Queen Mary University of London and University of Warwick, 2014-2015.
The second day of the symposium will conclude with a staged reading of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet, a play that appropriates Shakespeare’s Othello, Friday, 5:30 p.m., Fine Arts Building Balcony Theatre (Room 300).
Chakrabarti’s play creates imagined experiences based on the little-known, but true, story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who, in the 19th century, built an incredible reputation on the stages of London and Europe. Red Velvet received its world premiere at the Tricycle Theatre, London, in 2012, starring Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge. This staged reading is directed by Professor Ray Paolino (department of theatre and film studies)
The final event is “New Town Revue: Shakespeare Remix” on Saturday evening. All performers will be riffing on the Bard in their own unique way. The lineup features Cindy Watkins, poetry; and Laura Leidner, prose. The music was composed by Richard Hunsinger and performed by the UGA New Music Ensemble, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Historic Athens Fire Hall #2 at the corner of Hill St. and Prince Ave.
“Appropriation in the Age of Global Shakespeare,” is part of the Spotlight on the Arts festival, a 10-day event highlighting UGA units and facilities, from visual arts and creative writing to music, dramatic arts, dance and more to foster an awareness and appreciation of the arts and an environment conducive to artistic innovation.