Shakespeare fans are in for a treat this week when Harvard professor and Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar Dr. Marjorie Garber comes to Rhodes College to "Occupy Shakespeare." The program borrows its title only from the decentralized anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Street movement. Garber is the author of Shakespeare After All, a lively introduction to Shakespeare's work that considers each play's original context and how it has been read and interpreted historically. She's not coming to town to take down "the man" but to look back over the last century, as Shakespeare's name became synonymous with culture and the humanities, and to ask "What's next?"
"She's the best overall introducer of the plays I know," Rhodes Associate Professor Dr. Scott Newstok says of Garber's work.
April marks the 398th anniversary of the month when Shakespeare shuffled off his mortal coil, leaving behind a body of popular work that would become the stuff of endless wonder and tireless scholarship. His plays are regarded as the very foundation of modernity, and everywhere they remain in nearly constant production. This is no less true of Shelby County where, just last month, Theatre Memphis closed a production of As You Like It set in the old west. Germantown Community Theatre launches a production of Twelfth Night set in an American trailer park on April 11th, and on April 23rd — the day the Elvis of English-speaking playwrights left the building — the Tennessee Shakespeare Company opens a vaudeville-inspired take on The Taming of the Shrew.
"Occupy Shakespeare: Shakespeare and/in the Humanities" with Dr. Marjorie Garber, Thursday, March 27th, 7 p.m., at Hardie Auditorium. Free.