Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ralph Williams on the turbulent life of Shakespeare


The University Musical Society is holding several events preparatory to their Loves Labors Lost run Oct. 20-25 at the Power Center in Ann Arbor. One may presume the following will NOT be an Oxfordian event. Apparently Professor Williams finds Stratford life turbulent -- although the turbulence in Stratford doesn't seem to be reflected in the plays. I can't imagine this event will be anything but an exercise in imagination:


Who is William Shakespeare?
Monday, October 12, 7-8:30 pm
Rackham Auditorium, 915 East Washington, Ann Arbor

UMS’s Who Is…? Series aims to break down the barriers between performer and audience by demystifying the artists behind great work. To kick off the series, UM Professor Ralph Williams will explore the turbulent life and unparalleled work of William Shakespeare, whose legacy has continued to inspire some of the greatest artists of our own time.

1 comment:

Richard Joyrich said...

I agree with Linda that this lecture will be very imaginative. But it should also be fun. I am planning to attend.

I will say this for Prof. Williams. I (and other Oberoners) heard his series of lectures on Shakespeare in 2006 when the RSC was in town.

He was asked what he thought of the Authorship Question. He said that, while he thought the man from Shakespeare wrote the plays, Edward deVere has the best case for an alternate author.

I am glad that he didn't just pooh-pooh the question like so many other Shakespeare scholars.

If the opportunity arises, maybe we can get this opinion on the question at his upcoming lecture.