by Linda Theil
Richard Joyrich, MD spoke yesterday at the Oberon Shakespeare Study Group presentation, "Reasonable Doubt about Shakespeare" organized as part of a worldwide project by the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition.
|Matthew Wyneken, PhD, welcomes attendees at "Reasonable Doubt about Shakespeare"|
April 24, 2016 at UM-Flint
|Richard Joyrich, MD, gave a talk on the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition's |
Declaration of Reasonable Doubt at the "Reasonable Doubt about Shakespeare" presentation
at UM-Flint April 24, 2016.
"I think [the Shakespeare authorship] is question of evidence. As a physician thats what I do -- investigate evidence -- and the same is true of lawyers. I think thats why there are so many doctors and lawyers interested in the issue."
|Archivist Paul Gifford signs the SAC's |
Declaration of Reasonable Doubt April 24, 2016.
Kietzman is currently working on a book with the working title, Shakespeare's Covenantal Theater and its Biblical Muse of Fire about how the Old Testament view of covenant informs Shakespeare's plays.
"I chanced upon [the topic] when I began reading the Bible and could not help but apprehend all the ways Shakespeare was weaving the stories into the subtexts of the plays to give them more ethical resonance," Kietzman said.
Of her work, she said:
Covenant is, in my view, the biblical beating heart of Shakespeare’s secular-seeming drama, central to its content and form. By subtly yoking his characters and their struggles to the flawed yet chosen men of the Bible, Shakespeare gives them a sublime or spiritual dimension. . . .It is the biblical component which I believe lends Shakespeare’s alienated others like Aaron, Shylock, Hamlet, Othello, Falstaff, Caliban, and the mad kings their grandeur: no matter how flawed or troubled, they are in touch with another reality and struggle to trust that reality enough to say “Here I am” in response to it.
|Oberons Sharon Hunter, Richard Joyrich, Matthew Wyneken, and Rosey Hunter confer|
after "Beyond Reasonable Doubt" at 501 Bar and Pub in Flint, MI.
UPDATE: May 13, 2017
This article has been redacted by request of one of the participants in the event.