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Shakespeare Scholar Leads Discussion at Marlboro on the 28th

Marlboro, VT (Sept. 11, 2007)—Internationally renowned Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt discusses his most recent project: a modernized reconstruction of the Shakespeare-accredited play, Cardenio, on Friday, September 28th, at 8 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College.

Greenblatt and playwright Charles Mee worked with surviving fragments of a script, believed to be written by Shakespeare, to produce a contemporary love story. Set at a wedding party in the Umbrian hills, elements derived from Shakespeare will be found integrated into Greenblatt’s re-imagining of Cardenio, from the crisscrossing of suspicious lovers to a cunning Iago-like meddler, from soliloquies (presented in modernized form as wedding toasts) to overheard conversations, from the dream of passion to the pleasures of music and dance.

In his discussion, “Toward a Theory of Cultural Mobility: The Strange Case of Cardenio,” Greenblatt explores the research and dramaturgical methods he employed to create the narrative framework for Cardenio, especially those that include ideas of “cultural mobility”.

Greenblatt and Mee’s new version will be produced by the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA and will appear in their May 2008 season.

The author of many popular academic books including Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, Greenblatt is the John Cogan University Professor of Humanities at Harvard University and editor of The Norton Shakespeare.

For more details, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations Department at (802) 258-9259, or log on to our Web site and click on the “News” link.

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