Four hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, his work continues to resonate with audiences across the globe, providing new insights into the nature of love, power and human existence. This month, Emory embarks on a yearlong focus on the man whose words changed the world.
Kicking off next week with events from Emory Libraries and Theater Emory, Shakespeare at Emory celebrates the University’s selection as a host site for the exhibit of “First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” with plays, readings, exhibits and other activities.
One host site was selected from each state to display the national traveling exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books, from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Emory was chosen as the Georgia venue.
“Appropriately, Emory’s year of celebration begins with a thought-provoking scholarly reflection on the First Folio, to be followed by a rich array of theatrical performances and poetry readings, as well as exhibitions, conversations and pop-up events,” says Rosemary Magee, director of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. “All are invited to participate — in every way possible.”
It is the nature of the arts that conversations between the artist, the audience and the work often begin and end with a final product. Patrons rarely get a glimpse behind the veil of creativity; however, many of the most exciting discoveries surface during the creative process.
But for three years, Theater Emory’s Breaking Ground series has provided an uncommon opportunity: a space where artists can come together to exchange with fellow creators and share their processes with the community.
This week, the Breaking Ground series returns with public presentations occurring June 20-July 11 in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The four-week long laboratory brings students, alumni, faculty, staff and professional artists from Atlanta and beyond to work on seven different projects. Each project has time in the Theater Lab to develop work, following which the creators invite the public to view and respond to their ideas.
This summer, more than 50 performers, choreographers, playwrights, theater-makers, students and alumni converge on Emory’s campus for Theater Emory’s Breaking Ground Series, a four-week residency of new work development in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.