Shakespeare and Italy
Come learn about theater in Renaissance Italy, its impact on Shakespeare, and the contribution of Jews to the drama of the period. This lively afternoon includes a demonstration of commedia dell'arte techniques.
1:00-2:30pm: Italian Stories, Plots, and Plays in Shakespeare's Verona and Venice
Robert Henke (Drama and Comparative Literature, Washington University, St. Louis)
3:00-3:45pm: Commedia dell’arte demonstration
with Ariane Helou, Robert Henke, and Erith Jaffe-Berg
4:15-5:15pm: Oaths and Props, Merchants and Acrobats: Jews and Others in Shakespeare’s Stage and on the Italian Piazza
Erith Jaffe-Berg (Theatre, Film, and Media, UC Riverside)
5:15-7:00: Dinner break
7:00pm: "5 Things to Look for in The Merchant of Venice," with Dean Tyrus Miller, outside New Swan Theatre
8:00pm: Performance of The Merchant of Venice (buy tickets separately)
Organized by Deanna Shemek (UCI) and Ariane Helou (UCLA)
For information, contact Julia Lupton, email@example.com.