Shakespeare performances to complement Nov. 3-7 conference


Shakespeare scholars from England, Ireland, Canada and the United States will convene Friday and Saturday (Nov. 5 and 6) at the University of Notre Dames McKenna Hall for the inaugural conference for the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies.

Titled “Shakespeare: Remembering Performance,” the event will include presentations by internationally renowned experts in the field of Shakespeare and performance.

Conference organizer Peter Holland, who holds the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies and chairs the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) is a central figure in performance-oriented Shakespeare criticism. Formerly director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon, he pioneered the modern study of Restoration drama and wrote the book “Ornament of Action.”

The schedule for “Shakespeare: Remembering Performance” is available at:

In connection with the conference, Notre Dames Fall ArtsFest 2004: “Shakespeare in Performance,” will feature a series of Shakespearean plays, films and concerts from Wednesday through Sunday (Nov. 3-7).

The event is the first semi-annual festival of arts and ideas to be held in the Universitys new Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts. Fall ArtsFest 2004 is sponsored by the Center and FTT.

For ticket information go to:

Fall ArtsFest 2004 plays include:

  • “Fortinbras,” Nov. 3-13 at 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 7 at 2:30 and Nov. 13 at 8:15) – A comedy written by Lee Blessing and performed by students. Using modern language, Blessing presents his idea of what may have happened after the play Hamlet.
  • “A Midsummer Nights Dream,” Nov. 3 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. – Performed by Actors From The London Stage, this popular play combines comic chaos and magical romance as the world of the fairies collides with the world of humans in the woods outside of Athens.
  • “MacHomer,” Nov. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. – Written and performed by Rick Miller, who imitates all the characters of the animated television show “The Simpsons” in his one-man masterpiece in which Bart, Homer and company do “Macbeth.”

Fall ArtsFest 2004 films:

  • “Amleto,” Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. – Live piano accompaniment by Phillip Carli. Introduced by Luke McKernan of the British Film Institute.* “Titus,” Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. – Directed by Julie Taymor.* “Forbidden Planet,” Nov. 5 at 10 p.m. – Directed by Fred Wilcox.* “Richard III,” Nov. 6 at 11:30 a.m. – Directed by Laurence Olivier.* “Ran,” Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. – Directed by Akira Kurosawa.* “Romeo and Juliet,” Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. – Directed by Baz Luhrmann.* “Hamlet,” Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. – Directed by Michael Almereyda.

Fall ArtsFest 2004 concerts:

  • Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.* Kings Singers, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.

Contact: Tom Barkes, Director of Audience Development, (574) 631-5956

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