The American Shakespeare Center, in partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe in London, will host its fifth Blackfriars Conference, “Inside Out/Outside In,” in honor of Andy Gurr in Staunton, Virginia, from 20-25 October 2009. Registration fee includes tickets to the ASC productions of 1 Henry IV, Merry Wives, Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Rehearsal by George Villier (et al); opening and closing banquets; a special presentation by the ASC actors honoring the work of Andy Gurr; and Paul’s Menzer’s Shakespeare on Ice, a play and cocktail party.
We are inviting proposals for papers on topics to do with early modern drama in performance, including but not restricted to the staging, texts, design, repertory, personnel, and the business of plays in early modern England. Paper presentations are limited to 10 minutes (presentation without actors) and to 13 minutes (presentations with ASC actors). Presenters should be aware that they will hear the sound of a thundersheet when two minutes remain and will exit pursed by a bear when time is out.
In order to submit a 300 word abstract and a short bio to Sarah Enloe, Director of Education, by 30 May 2009, go to the ASC website, www.ASCstaunton.com. Please include a brief statement saying whether or not you would be interested in having your work in a volume of Blackfriars Conference essays.
We realize that in an economic downturn, any travel expenses may present a challenge to you or your organization. We hope that the unique format and topics at this conference will inspire you to invest in the imagination engendered by this event. Opportunities for this kind of scholarly interaction are too rare to miss, so plan to make a fall break of shows and stimulating scholarship in a beautiful autumn setting.
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