Dr. Paul Menzer, an Associate Professor at Mary Baldwin College, where he is Director of the MLitt/MFA Program in Shakespeare and Performance, will come to Conway to lecture on the University of Central Arkansas campus Thursday, when he will present "Shakespeare, Anecdotally"—tracing and exploring some of the most durable anecdotes to accompany Shakespeare’s plays in performance across the last 400 years.
Menzer’s lecture will be at 7 p.m. in the Art Lecture Hall on UCA campus in McCastlain Hall, next to Baum Gallery.
Menzer will also participate in a panel at the Arkansas Literary Festival on April 20 following a staged reading of his original play, Invisible, Inc.
The play will be performed by Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre actors and notable Arkansas writers Trenton Lee Stewart and Graham Gordy.
Invisible, Inc. will be held April 20 at 4 p.m. in Argenta Community Theatre, 405 Main St. in North Little Rock.
Dr. Menzer’s credentials have gained him an international reputation in early modern studies, and his insights into both the play and the performance will guide the audience toward a clearer understanding of what they will witness.
Dr. Menzer has also worked for the Folger Shakespeare Library, the American Shakespeare Center, and the University of North Texas.
He is the editor of Inside Shakespeare: Essays on the Blackfriars Stage (2006) and author of The Hamlets: Cues, Qs, and the Remembered Texts (2009), which was named a "Book of the Year," by the Times Literary Supplement.
He has contributed essays on text, performance, and theatre history to journals such as Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare Bulletin and others and has published essays in over ten edited collections. He has also written three full-length plays that have appeared on the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Stage and elsewhere.
His play The Brats of Clarence was nominated for an Austin Critics Table award for best new play following its 2008 run at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre in Austin, Tex.
On April 24, Director Robert Quinlan, who directed Richard III last season for Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will speak at UCA in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the UCA campus, next to Reynolds Performance Hall, at 7 p.m. about his particular process and explorations involved in directing Shakespeare.
Quinlan is an acclaimed director of Shakespeare’s plays.
Last summer he directed Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Richard III, to sold-out crowds and rave reviews from critics.
Quinlan is a freelance director based in Chicago.
Recent directing credits include the world premiere of The Magic Bicycle by John Olive at First Stage Milwaukee; Richard III at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre; the world premiere of #thisrocks for Fifth House Ensemble in Chicago, now touring; A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival; and The Illusion, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, and Killer Joe for the Professional Training Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He was the Assistant Director to theatre visionary Tina Landau on productions of Superior Donuts on Broadway and The Tempest at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
For several years, Robert was the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education for Milwaukee Shakespeare, in which capacity he was able to introduce Shakespeare to thousands of young people in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Internationally, he has directed The Maids and Proof at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, and toured Taiwan with the American Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Hamlet.
He holds a MFA in Directing from Illinois State University.
All events are free and open to the public. Events are sponsored by UCA Foundation, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, and The Arkansas Literary Festival.
"We are thrilled to welcome these gentlemen to Central Arkansas to enhance our audience’s understanding of Shakespeare in way that is current and relevant," said Mary Ruth Marotte, Executive Director of AST.