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Celebrate Shakespeare Authorship Mystery Day!

by Linda Theil Celebrate the Shakespeare Authorship Mystery Day by sharing your favorite authorship book or video under the #ShakespeareAuthorshipMysteryDay on all your social media sites!  Here is an Oberon favorite: The Truth about William Shakespeare: Fact, Fiction, and Modern Biographies (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) by David Ellis.  Read all about The Truth . . . on the July 17, 2012 Oberon post, "UK professor says Shakespeare biographies are bunk". Resources Amazon, Oberon,

Hemingway shown Shakespeare skeptical

by Linda Theil Ernest Hemingway may be added to the list of Shakespeare authorship skeptics thanks to Nina Green finding a Hemingway letter to Scribner editor Maxwell Perkins. Hemingway opens the letter datelined August 27, 1942 “ La Finca Vigia ” with praise for  Alden Brooks’   Will Shakespeare and the Dyer’s Hand  (Scribners, 1943) wherein Brooks proposes Sir Edward Dyer as the true author of Shakespeare’s plays.   Hemingway said: Dear Max: Thank you very much for sending me the galleys from Alden Brooks's Shakespeare book. I think it is very possible, as he told me last fall in Tucson, that he has really nailed the man at last. He is so enthusiastic and follows so like a bloodhound and a district attorney with a record for convictions, on the trail of poor Will that he will alienate many people, but as you say he piles up a terrific amount of evidence. Anyway, it is a marvelous job and it would be a crime for it not to be published. He is a good man too and was

Robin Browne publishes in Tyndale Society journal

Robin Browne at Sept. 9, 2017 Oberon Shakespeare  Study Group meeting at Bloomfield Twp. Library, MI. by Linda Theil An article titled "The Bible, the Bishops and the Bard" by Oberon Shakespeare Study Group member Robin Browne was published in The Tyndale Society Journal #48 (Spring 2017).  Journal editor Neil Langdon Inglis commented in a footnote: From time to time, the TSJ will publish esoterica, and in the current issue we include a striking example by Robin Browne, who discusses the Tyndale/Shakespeare connection. There are mysteries to ponder here, and pending further discoveries by sleuths and historians inside our Society and beyond, certain historical truths must remain unknowable. We congratulate our friend, Robin Browne, on his accomplishment and his dedication to the study of Shakespeare. Resources Information on TSJ #48 is available at . "The Bible, the Bishops and the Bard" is online at  http://w

SAM Day November 8

Shakespeare Authorship Mystery Day logo by Linda Theil For all those Shakespeare enthusiasts who find the traditional April 23 date for Shakespeare celebrations inappropriate and unsatisfying, rejoice! We now have Shakespeare Authorship Mystery Day: November 8 -- the day of the 1623 publication of The First Folio -- to rally 'round. Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship President Tom Regnier, JD, LLM, said: We've designed Shakespeare Authorship Mystery Day to raise the visibility of the Shakespeare authorship question. SAM Day is intended to be a single day when all authorship doubters can amplify their voices while commemorating the date of the First Folio publication.   . . . We hope the celebration of Shakespeare Authorship Mystery Day will provide a platform for all groups and individuals studying the authorship question to promote their work and increase curiosity about the true authorship of Shakespeare's plays and poems. The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition a

Rosey and the Giant Matzo

Rosey Hunter chooses Matzo Ball Soup at Stage Deli i n West Bloomfield, MI Oct. 20, 2017. by Linda Theil October 23, 2017 Oberons gathered at The Stage Deli in West Bloomfield, Michigan last Friday to celebrate the return of Oberon Chair Richard Joyrich, MD, from the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship conference in Chicago. Joyrich reported that he had dinner with our dear friends and ex-pat Oberons, Tom and Joy Townsend, who traveled from their home in Seattle to the Chicago event. Joyrich also told us that Hank Whittemore had been named Oxfordian of the Year 2017 for his work on the book, 100 Reasons Shakespeare was the Earl of Oxford , and for many achievements highlighted in the SOF news blog article "Hank Whittemore: Oxfordian of the Year 2017" .   The 2018 SOF conference will be held in Oakland, California. Sharon Hunter and Richard Joyrich at Stage Deli in West Bloomfield, MI on Oct. 20, 2017

Oberons met September 9, 2017

Richard Joyrich studies menu at Beau's after September 9, 2017 Oberon Shakespeare Study Group Meeting at Bloomfield Twp. Library, MI. Linda Theil September 18 2017 Oberon Shakespeare Study Group met for the first time since spring at the Bloomfield Twp. Library. Our chair Richard Joyrich, Rosey Hunter, Sharon Hunter, Pam Verilone, Robin Browne, and I attended. Joyrich shared his impressions of the Stratford Ontario Shakespeare Festival where he spent a week play-going. He also attended the Shaw Festival and stopped by to visit Oberon friend, Lynne Kositsky, who has recently moved. We viewed the video offerings for the Shakespeare Oxford Society's first video short contest, "Who Wrote Shakespeare?" , and Joyrich shared information about the upcoming SOS conference that will be held October 12-15, 2017 in Chicago. Sharon Hunter and Rosey Hunter at Sept. 9, 2017 Oberon Shakespeare  Study Group meeting at Bloomfield Twp. Library, MI. Robin Browne at

Every Inch a Lear

David Montee, AEA, as King Lear at Interlochen Center for the Arts 2017. Photo courtesy Interlochen Center for the Arts A Review of King Lear at Interlochen Center for the Arts—July 8, 2017 by Richard Joyrich I had the distinct pleasure of seeing a wonderful production of King Lear Saturday night along with Linda Theil at Interlochen Center of the Arts in northwest Michigan. Interlochen has held an annual Shakespeare Festival for 10 years now and I am been privileged to have been able to see at least two productions there in the past, Twelfth Night in 2008 and The Taming of the Shrew in 2009. Both of these were excellent performances, but the production of King Lear this year far exceeded them. Of course, the main reason that I enjoyed the production so much is the extraordinary talent of David Montee in the title role. I have seen King Lear at many other venues, including productions at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario with William Hutt and Colm Fe

Montee is the best Lear ever

Oberon chair Richard Joyrich, MD and David Montee, PhD, AEA rejoice after Montee's superb performance as Lear July 8, 2017 at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen MI. Photo: Linda Theil by Linda Theil Oberons returned to Interlochen, MI this weekend to cheer our friend David Montee, PhD in his final performance as Lear at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Montee -- a Shakespearean actor of extraordinary merit -- retired this term after 30 years teaching at Interlochen Arts Academy. Oberon Chair Richard Joyrich, MD and I attended the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival production of Lear on July 8, 2017 in the outdoor Upton-Morley Pavilion on the Interlochen campus. Lear  set, Upton-Morley Pavilion, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen MI, 2017 During the Lear ovation, Joyrich said, "The best I've ever seen." This is high praise from an enthusiast who knows the canon exquisitely. Joyrich shares his enthusiasm for Montee's perform

Young actors respond to Shakespeare authorship controversy

Interlochen Arts Academy students Clara Honigberg and Peter Carroll attend the "Shakespeare Authorship Symposium" April 22, 2017 at Interlochen Center for the Arts. by Linda Theil David Montee's "Shakespeare Authorship Symposium" at Interlochen Center for the Arts on April 22, 2017, included a large audience contingent of Montee's students who attend his acting classes at Interlochen Arts Academy -- a fine-arts, boarding, high-school in Interlochen, Michigan. Among the students attending were two of the principal actors in Montee's production of Cardenio :  Clara Honigberg of Washington DC who played Luscinda, and Peter Carroll of San Francisco who played Fernando. Both young actors expressed enthusiasm for the topic of Shakespeare authorship, and they agreed to share their reactions and insights with Oberon readers. Their interviews are highlighted below. Academy post-grad Anna Armstrong also shared her response to the authorship symposi