Hold the Mirror Up to Nature | Newberry

Hold the Mirror Up to Nature

Mary Zimmerman

Mary Zimmerman

Joseph Roach

Joseph Roach

Joseph Roach and Mary Zimmerman on the Past, Present, and Future of Shakespeare Performance
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

6 pm

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Open to the Public
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This installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” explores the way Shakespeare’s plays are filled with fourth-wall-breaking moments in which characters share their methods for successfully performing emotions, political alliances, and gender roles. His work challenges directors and actors to reflect on the very nature of acting, and to adapt as social, technological, and scientific developments change the horizons of possibility on the stage. In this Shakespeare-themed edition of “Conversations at the Newberry,” the speakers will engage in a wide-ranging discussion about the state of Shakespeare performance today and how it has (and hasn’t) evolved over time.


Listen to the audio of this “Conversation.”


Joseph Roach, the author of The Player’s Passion: Studies in the Science of Acting, Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance, and It, a study of charismatic celebrity, is Sterling Professor of Theater and English, Chair of the Theater Studies Advisory Committee, and Director of Theater at Yale University.


Tony Award-winning theater director, playwright, and professor Mary Zimmerman is an ensemble member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company, the Manilow Resident Director at the Goodman Theatre, and also serves as the Jaharis Family Foundation Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.


This performance is part of programming related to the Newberry exhibition Creating Shakespeare, which will run from September 23 to December 31, 2016.


Explore the Newberry’s Shakespeare-related collection.


“Conversations at the Newberry” is generously sponsored by Sue and Melvin Gray.

Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public; no registration required.