On April 18, Dr. Paul Menzer, associate professor at Mary Baldwin College, where he is director of the MLitt/MFA Program in Shakespeare and Performance, will present “Shakespeare, Anecdotally”, tracing and exploring some of the most durable anecdotes to accompany Shakespeare’s plays in performance across the last 400 years.
Menzer’s lecture will be at 7 p.m. in the Art Lecture Hall, next to the Baum Gallery in McCastlain Hall.
The Menzer event is co-sponsored by the UCA Foundation and The Arkansas Literary Festival. The Quinlan event is sponsored by the UCA Foundation.
Menzer will also participate in a panel at the Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock on April 20 following a staged reading of his original play, Invisible, Inc. The play will be performed by AST actors and notable Arkansas writers Trenton Lee Stewart and Graham Gordy. The event is set for at 4 p.m. in the Argenta Community Theatre, 405 Main St., in North Little Rock.
Menzer’s credentials have gained him an international reputation in early modern studies, and his insights into both the play and the performance will guide the audience toward a clearer understanding of what they will witness. Menzer has also worked for the Folger Shakespeare Library, the American Shakespeare Center, and the University of North Texas. He is the editor of Inside Shakespeare: Essays on the Blackfriars Stage (2006) and author of The Hamlets: Cues, Qs, and the Remembered Texts (2009), which was named a “Book of the Year,” by the Times Literary Supplement.
He has contributed essays on text, performance, and theatre history to journals such as Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare Bulletin and others and has published essays in more than 10 edited collections. He has also written three full-length plays that have appeared on the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Stage and elsewhere. His play The Brats of Clarence was nominated for an Austin Critics Table award for best new play following its 2008 run at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre in Austin, Texas.