"Shakespeare at Yale" this week: April 23-29
Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
— “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Act V, scene i
The Bard’s complete works, cut down to an evening’s performance, Shakespeare Dances, and “As You Like It,” for kids are featured this week, as the “Shakespeare at Yale” festival winds down.Performances
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”
“How can the sheer brilliance and splendor of William Shakespeare’s plays be portrayed in a single evening?” ask the organizers of this inventive program. “We don’t have a clue, but we’re going to try anyway!” The program featuring abridged versions of all 37 of Shakespeare’s tragedies and comedies will have its last run this week at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 23 in Rm. 102 Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St. The performances are free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
Yale students taking classes on subjects ranging from multimedia art and musical composition to choreography and projection design will perform original “intermediary” pieces inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. The performance, which is free and open to the public, takes place Wednesday, April 25, 12:45–2:15 p.m. at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, 117 College St.
“As You Like It”: A Yale Children’s Theater Production
Yale Children’s Theater (YCT), an undergraduate organization devoted to teaching, entertaining and engaging kids with the dramatic arts, has mounted this child-friendly production of “As You Like It,” which will be performed on Saturday, April 28, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and on Sunday, April 29, at 11 a.m.
“Our goal in staging this production is to make Shakespeare accessible to younger children in the New Haven community,” say the show’s organizers. While not sticking entirely to the Bard’s text, in the interest of appealing to 4– to 11-year-olds, members of YCT promise to “abide by the structure of the plot and the characters.” Free and open to the public, the production takes place at the common room of Dwight Hall, 67 High St., on Old Campus.
“Czech Mates: When Shakespeare Met Kafka”
Marjorie Garber of Harvard, author of 16 books on literary and cultural theory (six of them on Shakespeare), will connect two great literary figures in this talk on Monday, April 23. Free and open to the public, the talk takes place in Rm. 317 of Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St., at 4 p.m.