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Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Suffolk University present The Last Will, the final installment Distinguished Scholar in Residence Robert Brustein’s trilogy about the life of William Shakespeare.
The Last Will finds William Shakespeare retired at his country home in Stratford after decades of struggle and success in the city of London.
Presented each season in partnership with the Boston Lawyers Chapter of the Federalists Society and McCarter & English. Shakespeare & the Law features a staged reading of a Shakespeare play (past performances include Othello, The Merchant of Venice and Henry V) performed by local, state and national lawyers, judges and other politicos. The presentation is followed by a panel discussion lead by a moderator.
CSC's touring initiative to local parks. The 2011 summer season features two productions: Shakespeare on Love, a collection of scenes, songs and sonnets from Shakespeare performed by Apprentices enrolled in Summer Apprentice Program, and A Shakespearean Cabaret featuring students from New England Conservatory.
A Boston tradition since 1996, CSC has been presenting fully-staged productions of Shakespeare plays free-of-charge to Boston audiences.
Sponsored by New England Conservatory, Commonwealth Concerts is a series of pre-show concerts featuring a wide range of musical stylings before performances of Shakespeare on the Common.
Special events--including our Annual Gala--held throughout the year to raise funds to support all of CSC's FREE programming.
Shakespeare and... Leadership
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 5:30pm
The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona
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The Last Will
I was first exposed to Shakespeare's works by having to memorize his soliloquies in grammar school. Luckily, I managed to see Olivier's Henry V innumerable times at the age of seventeen, which made me realize for the first time that these speeches were spoken by real human beings. Long live great theatrical productions!
The notion that Edward Vere, Earl of Oxford, wrote Shakespeare's plays was first attributed to a man appropriately named Thomas Looney. Looney and his lunatic followers have been eager to believe that Oxford wrote Midsummer Night's Dream when he was nine, and was responsible for ten more Shakespeare works after he died out of a conviction that in order to write masterpieces you have to be an aristocrat or a Ph.D. The major proof that William Shakespeare wrote the plays under his name is that (among many other contemporaries) Ben Jonson said he did, and Jonson was the most envious man in England. Surely Jonson would not have loved "the man this side of idolatry" if he was only a poor, ignorant and illiterate player. Attributing Shakespeare's works to other people is a form of grand larceny and should be punished by making the culprit memorize the complete works of Francis Bacon and whatever the Earl of Oxford actually wrote.
*Robert Sanford Brustein is an American theatrical critic, producer, playwright and educator. He founded both Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut and the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he remains a Creative Consultant, and has been the theatre critic for The New Republic since 1959. He comments on politics for the Huffington Post.