Twitter, mobs and Shakespeare

Soldiers talk in tweets "Coriolanus."

Dartmouth scholar kicks off free (mostly) series related to Stratford Festival "Coriolanus" at the Hop

What does the work of William  Shakespeare in general - and his civic drama Coriolanus in particular - have to teach us about the current moment? And what is theater uniquely able to do, as a medium of communication, in the 21st century?

These are among the rich topics that will be explored starting Tuesday, October 23, in a series of fascinating events on the Dartmouth campus - all related to the exclusive US run of the Stratford Festival's landmark production of Shakespeare's Coriolanus at the Hop November 29 through December 2.

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Also, Thursday, October 25, at noon on Vermont Public Radio's Vermont Edition, hear Dartmouth faculty members Charlie Whelan and Tom Luxon address this topic.

Here are the Coriolanus-connected events (free unless otherwise indicated) that you won't want to miss (along with the play itself!)

10/23, 5 pm (Top of the Hop) Tweeting to the Populace: Roman Mobs and Modern Media, a public talk by Dartmouth public policy professor Charlie Wheelan (above).

11/1, 5 pm (Top of the Hop) Female Power in Shakespeare, from Taming of the Shrew to Coriolanus, a conversation between Stratford dramaturg Keira Loughran (below) and Dartmouth English professor Tom Luxon.


11/2,  5 pm (Top of the Hop) Bumps on the Road to Diversity: Color-Blind vs. Color-Conscious Casting, a discussion and Q&A with Keira Loughran and Dartmouth theater faculty.

11/4, 4 pm (Loew Auditorium) HD Film Broadcast: The Stratford Festival’s The Taming of the Shrew. $23.

11/5, 7 pm (Top of the Hop) Identity, Representation, and Casting in Contemporary Theater, Stratford actors André Sills and Alexis Gordon discuss the impact of race on their careers.

Andre Sills as Coriolanus.

11/12, 5 pm (Top of the Hop) Breasts on the Battlefield: Gender Roles in Modern and Ancient War, a discussion between Dartmouth classics professor Roberta Stewart and Women and Gender Studies lecturer Brianne Gallagher.

11/27, 5 pm (Top of the Hop) Oh Mamma! Politics and Oedipal Complexes from Shakespeare to the Present, with Dr. Sarah Ackerman, instructor in Psychiatry, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, and Jonathan Crewe, Dartmouth Emeritus Professor of English

11/29, 5 pm (Top of the Hop) 21st-Century Storytelling: The High-Tech Design and Transfer of Coriolanus, with CJ Astronomo, Stratford Festival Assistant Technical Director. 6 pm (Top of the Hop) Coriolanus Kick-off Party.

11/30, 7 pm (Top of the Hop) Opening Night Intro to the Stratford Festival & Coriolanus with Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival.




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