Kenan lecture takes new approach this year with plays
November 3, 2011 Leave a comment
by Molly Crain
This year Transylvania’s Kenan Lecture Series committee has decided to bring something a bit different to the table by inviting the American Shakespeare Company to perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Nov. 7 and “ ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore” on Nov. 8.
Dedicated to giving modern audiences a sense as to what it would be like to attend these plays in the Shakespearean age, the ASC will strive to give students the most authentic Elizabethan experience.
After each play, the cast will spend time in discussion with the audience.
“(They will speak to) the drama, the historical context of the plays, or anything else related to them that people care to ask about,” said Dr. Meg Upchurch, Kenan selection committee chair. “We thought these performances would be as intellectually engaging and challenging as the more typical Kenan lectures.”
If it’s not too late in the evening, the actors are also expecting to mingle with the audience at a reception after each show.
The committee recognizes that this is a bit unorthodox from the usual invitees for the Kenan Lecture Series.
“It still fits with the intent of Mr. Kenan when he set up the foundation that supports the series,” the committee said.