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Shakespeare and Comics in Conversation

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
7-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
In the Theater at the 53rd Street Library

** This event is FREE to the public **

NY Shakespeare Exchange explores the relationship between Shakespeare’s canon and some of today’s most popular comic books. Does our pop-culture fascination with superheroes affect the way we see Shakespeare’s characters? Does Deadpool’s fourth-wall-smashing or Peter Parker’s inner monologue bring Hamlet’s soliloquy into sharper focus? Why do comic books and Shakespeare seem to share such a profound freedom for repeat adaptation?

Freestyle Labs from New York Shakespeare Exchange combine performance and town hall discussion to create a unique evening of theater. Like a Colossus will kick off with performed excerpts from Shakespeare and the vast universes of Marvel and DC, then move into a lively discussion with a panel of experts. The evening will end with a Q&A with the audience.

Lorraine Cink, Peter David, Anthony Rella, Ronald Wimberly, Jaime Wright,

Amanda Barron, Kevin Brewer, Pat Dwyer, Jesse Charles Friedman,
Anaseini Katoa, Salome Mergia, Sam Ogilvie

Curated and Moderated by Cristina Lundy and Kevin Brewer
Additional Curation Assistance by Alan Kistler


Freestyle Labs
at the 53rd Street Library

Part lecture. Part performance. Part town hall conversation.

We address the issues facing our world through a Shakespearean lens. Join us as we enter into conversation as only NY Shakespeare Exchange can do.

#MeToo Shakespeare - Intimacy Choreography and Taming of the Shrew

What do Romeo and Juliet Really Look Like? - Implicit Bias on the Stage

Trans Warriors in the SpotlightCoriolanus through a lens of gender politics

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