‘Spring Into Shakespeare’ paves way for an exciting season

March 25, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. — The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, CU-Boulder College of Arts and Sciences and the Humanities Program have announced four events for the second annual “Spring Into Shakespeare” series, in advance of the 2014 summer season. 

All events are free and open to the public. 

The Theatrical Coding of Difference: Images of Shylock and Othello from the Folger Shakespeare Library

Gail Kern Paster

Director Emerita, Folger Shakespeare Library

Editor, Shakespeare Quarterly

7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16

British Studies Room, Norlin Library, CU-Boulder campus 

Gail Kern Paster of the Folger Shakespeare Library will discuss images in the library’s digital archive. 

Paster has won numerous national fellowships and awards, from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and more. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and three books — “Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage” (2004), “The Idea of the City in the Age of Shakespeare” (1986), and “The Body Embarrassed: Drama and the Disciplines of Shame in Early Modern England” (1993. 

She is a former professor of English at George Washington University and has been a trustee and president of the Shakespeare Association of America.


Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration!

7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23

Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe, 1203 13th St. in Boulder

In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, members of the Shakespeare Oratorio Society will present “Venus and Mars,” an exploration of the complicated and ever-changing relationships between women and men in Shakespeare’s plays. From Kate and Petruchio to Antony and Cleopatra,  four actors will play a range of characters, using the oratorio style of holding the text and minimizing costumes and setting. 

Performers: Anne Sandoe, Shirley Carnahan, Gregg Adams and Ethan Yazzie-Mintz


Fathers and Sons, Rebels and Rascals in Shakespeare's ‘Henry IV’ and ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’

7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30

British Studies Room, Norlin Library, CU-Boulder campus

Katherine Eggert, CU-Boulder Department of English
David Paradis, Department of History

James Symons, Department of Theatre and Dance 

To prepare us for CSF’s upcoming productions of “Henry IV,” parts 1 and 2, and “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” panelists will discuss the characters Henry Bolingbroke, Prince Hal, Hotspur and Falstaff.

Katherine Eggert specializes in English Renaissance literature.  he has published a book on queenship in Spenser, Shakespeare and Milton.

David Paradis specializes in late 14th-century English popular unrest, including the London uprising of 1381, which directed horrendous acts of violence against the followers of Henry Bolingbroke’s father, John of Gaunt. 

James Symons is Emeritus Professor of Theatre. He has directed more plays for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival than anyone else, most recently the 2014 production of “Richard II.”