As You Like It
10:00am - 1:00pm
Nov 16 2014
In the Sidney Harman Hall Forum
As You Like It
$20 regular, $15 ticket holders/subscribers, $7 student tickets
This multi-hour symposium will look deeply into Shakespeare’s charming comedy of identity, poetry and love As You Like It.
Morning refreshments will be served.
10:00 a.m. - Welcome Remarks
Hannah Hessel Ratner, Shakespeare Theatre Company Audience Enrichment Manager.
10:10 a.m. – Layering Gender
Shakespeare regularly used cross-dressing as a storytelling technique but As You Like It takes the concept further with a female character (played originally by a boy), pretending to be a boy who pretends to be a girl. This panel will look at how one “plays” at gender and how gender perception on stage has changed between then and now. Featuring George Washington Professor Holly Dugan, Director of the Riot Grrrls Lise Bruneau and Leadership Programs Manager at SMYAL (Sexual Miniority Youth Assistance League) Dominique Parris. Moderated by Hannah Hessel Ratner.
11:10 a.m. –The Language of Lust
There are as many couples in As You Like It as there are different types of love. This conversation will focus on the language that Shakespeare uses to show how varied love can be – and how lust and love can intertwine. Featuring linguist and The Wall Street Journal “Word on the Street” columnist Ben Zimmer, poet and George Washington University Professor Jennifer Chang and Georgetown University Professor of Linguistics Alison Mackey. Moderated by Community Engagement Manager Laura Buda.
12:10 p.m. – The Magic of Shakespeare’s Green-worlds
Shakespeare moves characters to new environments that create a shift not just in location but in the characters’ emotions and actions. This is never clearer than in the move to “Green-worlds” such as the Forest of Arden and the island of The Tempest. This conversation will explore the effects of place in STC’s current and upcoming productions. Featuring Georgetown University Professor Michael J. Collins and The Tempest director Ethan McSweeny. Moderated by STC’s Literary Associate and Production Dramaturg, Drew Lichtenberg.