'Shakespeare at Yale' this week: March 26-April 1

Lord, what fools these mortals be!

— “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Act iii, Scene ii

Performances of the ballet “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and a pared-down performance of “Othello” are among the highlights of the “Shakespeare at Yale” celebration this week.



An ensemble performance of “Othello” in modern dress featuring eight students — including Kalyan Ray-Mazumder ’12 in the title role and Austin Trow ’12 as Iago, his antagonist — will be presented March 28, 29 and 31. Shakespeare’s drama of scheming malice and insane jealousy will be directed by Yale professor Murray Biggs, assisted by Yale College junior Henry Gottfried. There will be four performances at the Stiles-Morse theater, 19 Tower Pkwy: at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, March 28 and 29, and  at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 
Saturday, March 31. The performances are free and open to the public, although reservations required due to limited space.

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: A ballet

Music by Felix Mendelssohn and choreography by members of the new dance troupe “The Yale Undergraduate Ballet Company.”

The new Yale Undergraduate Ballet Company will mark its first full-length performance with this one-hour production of the ballet “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” featuring music by Felix Mendelssohn. The ballet will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, 117 College St. Members of the classical ballet troupe choreographed the dance version of Shakespeare’s enchantment play, which includes in Mendelssohn’s score the familiar “Here Comes the Bride” wedding march. The Yale Undergraduate Ballet Company was founded in the spring of 2011 to provide Yale students with the opportunity to further their classical ballet technique, and to perform and choreograph in the classical idiom.

 The ballet is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

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“The Winter’s Tale”

Rarely performed and considered one of Shakespeare’s hard-to-classify works, “The Winter’s Tale” begins in tragedy yet has a fairy-tale ending. Directed by Obie Award-winning resident director Liz Diamond, “The Winter’s Tale” will be playing through April 17 at the University Theatre, 222 York St. Tickets range from $20 to $88 and are available online, by phone at 203-432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep box office, 1120 Chapel St. at York Street. Student, senior, and group rates are also available.

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Ongoing exhibitions

“A Midsummer Night’s Painting”

Davenport College is hosting an exhibition by juniors Kat Oshman and Katie White, which builds on the study the two art majors have made of Shakespeare-influenced artwork at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Yale Center for British Art. “A Midsummer Night’s Painting” is on view through March 31 in the gallery of Davenport College, 248 York St.

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“‘The God of Our Idolatry’: Garrick and Shakespeare”

The Lewis Walpole Library exhibition, on view through July, showcases the contribution made by the actor David Garrick, who has been called the 18th-century’s greatest man of the theater, to the understanding of Shakespeare in the 1700s. The exhibition illustrates how, on stage and off, Garrick influenced the public’s view of Shakespeare, inspiring what Bernard Shaw later called “bardolatry.”

The Lewis Walpole Library is located at 154 Main Street in Farmington, CT. There is no admission charge, but the exhibition is open to the public only on Wednesday afternoons, 2-4:30 p.m. (without a prior appointment). To make an appointment to visit the exhibition on other weekdays, call 860-677-2140.

For more information and to get directions, visit the Lewis Walpole Library website.

Edwin Austin Abbey: “Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and the Lady Anne”

This exhibition centers around a work by Edwin Austin Abbey (1852–1911), an American artist known for his illustrations of the works of William Shakespeare. This exhibition shines the spotlight on Abbey’s painting “Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and the Lady Anne” (1896), which depicting the scene from Shakespeare’s “Richard III” in which the murderous duke proposes to the woman he has made a widow. Three preliminary sketches of the work are also on display.

The exhibition runs through June 10. The Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., is open to the public free of charge Tuesday–Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, until 8 p.m., and Sunday: 1 – 6 p.m.

“Shakespeare & the Law”

This interactive, multimedia exhibit opening at the Yale Law School offers a legal perspective on the enormous body of knowledge Shakespeare had at his command. It features the Law Library’s collections of books and recent student publications exploring the Bard through the prism of the law; quotations from his works about the law; a QR code directing smart-phone users to a suggested reading list; and sound recordings of a number of Shakespeare’s most law-related plays, available at a listening station in the third-floor reading room of the Law School, 127 Wall St. The exhibition is open to the public, free of charge, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. daily. “Shakespeare & the Law” will run until Aug. 15.

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“Yale’s Shakespeareans”

Shakespeare has been a focus of study and performance at Yale since its emergence as a secular institution. This exhibition at Sterling Memorial Library draws on university records, personal papers, and collected materials found in the Manuscripts & Archives division to highlight how the works of Shakespeare have been brought to life in the classroom and on the many stages of Yale. Free and open to the public, “Yale’s Shakespeareans” will be on view through May 18 at the Memorabilia Room of Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High St.

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“Remembering Shakespeare”

This exhibition at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library brings together works from Yale’s diverse holdings from the Elizabethan Club, Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale Center for British Art, Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, Connecticut, and the Beinecke itself. “Remembering Shakespeare” offers a unique visual history of how the “Booke” of Shakespeare was made and read, written and remembered, from his lifetime through the present. The exhibition will be on view through June 4. The Beinecke Library, 121 Wall St., is open to the public free of charge Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Saturday: noon–5 p.m.

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“Making History: Antiquaries in Britain”

This exhibition celebrating the achievement of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the oldest independent learned society concerned with the study of the past, will be on view through May 27 at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. A portion of “Making History: Antiquaries in Britain” will complement “Shakespeare at Yale” by featuring portraits of rulers such as Henry VI, Richard III, Elizabeth I, and Henry V.

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“Shakespeare at Yale Rep”

The show features posters and photographs documenting 46 years of Shakespeare at the Yale Repertory Theatre. The exhibition is on view Monday and Wednesday, 3–5 p.m. through June 29, at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St.

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“‘While these visions did appear’: Shakespeare on Canvas”

Drawn from the permanent collections of the Yale Center for British Art, the paintings on display reflect how artists working in Britain in the 18th and 19th century envisioned the scenes and characters of Shakespeare’s plays. The exhibition is on view through June 3.

The Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., is open to the public free of charge Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, noon–5 p.m.

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Dorie Baker: dorie.baker@yale.edu, 203-432-1345