Southwestern University's Brown Symposium Considers the Many Faces of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare has delighted amazingly disparate audiences; his works morph themselves into amazingly disparate forms. He makes himself at home in diverse contemporary cultures in our own time, as well as in the historical epochs that separate us from the first productions at the Globe Theater.
Individual lovers of Shakespeare find that his works address urgent personal concerns that are keyed to emerging times of life, their own personal "seven ages." Actors and directors have found multiple truthful ways to produce Shakespeare, and to embody the characters he invented, in response to the multiple tastes and preoccupations they find in their audiences and in themselves.
Brown Symposium XXIII, Shakespeares!!, will bring together scholars and theatre professionals to consider the many voices of Shakespeare, and the many Shakespeares of Shakespeare. A special performance of a three-person "Hamlet" will be presented in conjunction with the symposium.
The Brown Symposium is presented by Southwestern University on an annual basis. Open to the public without charge, the symposium is funded through an endowment established by The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Texas, for professorships at the University.
The symposia are designed to enhance the effectiveness of the work for which the endowed professorships were established. Each symposium presents topics in one of the broad areas of study represented by a chairholder. Shakespeares!!, the 23nd symposium in the series, has been developed by Walt Herbert, professor of English and holder of the Herman Brown Chair.