Riverside Theatre Summer 2017
"Adaptation" is central to Shakespeare’s playwriting process as he constantly raided and transformed earlier writing: stories, plays, historical chronicles. The Comedy of Errors is based on a Roman comedy (about twins) by Plautus, but Shakespeare doubles the twins and adds in a frame story borrowed from the Scots poet John Gower. Macbeth is based on incidents from Holinshed’s Chronicles—even the witches are there! Our Thursday Theatre Talk will focus on Riverside’s involvement with adaptations of these plays, previewing Sean Lewis’s rethinking of Macbeth and the hip hop play-with-music known as The Bomb-itty of Errors. Join Miriam Gilbert, Sean Lewis, and actors for this discussion on Thursday, May 18, 5–6 p.m. at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St, Iowa City.
All are welcome to attend this free event.
Questions? Call: 319-338-7672
Miriam Gilbert is Professor of English (Emerita) at the University of Iowa, where she taught Shakespeare for 44 years. Her primary interest, both as a teacher and a scholar, concerns Shakespeare in performance, and she indulges that interest with a second home in Stratford-upon-Avon. She has written a study of The Merchant of Venice for the Shakespeare at Stratford series (Arden Shakespeare and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust) and Shakespeare in Performance: Love's Labour's Lost (Manchester University Press, 1993). She has co-edited literature anthologies for both secondary and college students. Her work with performance has been the focus of many workshops and seminars, including eight seminars sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.