Research Programs: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Period of Performance

7/1/2020 - 9/30/2020

Funding Totals

$42,741.60 (approved)
$42,741.00 (awarded)

Reading Shakespeare's War of the Roses

FAIN: RJ-275139-20

Shakespeare Play On (Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3676)
Patrick Michael Ryan (Project Director: May 2020 to October 2021)

The retention of one full- and one part-time staff members and the hiring of four dramaturg-scholars to produce a ten-week public programming series focusing on Shakespeare’s War of the Roses tetralogy: King Henry VI, pts 1 – 3, and King Richard III.

A ten week series that pairs readings of Shakespeare's King Henry VI parts 1 -3 and King Richard III with dramaturgical presentations, lectures, and public discussion. The series will occur once a week and is free to the public via webinar.

Media Coverage

A (Virtual) Summer with Shakespeare (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Humanities Institute staff
Publication: The Humanities Institute, UC Santa Cruz
Date: 10/5/2020
Abstract: As the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States emerged in full force during the spring of 2020, the intellectual landscape of the Humanities was characterized by uncertainty. What would it mean to continue pursuing the sorts of questions these fields take up without the face-to-face engagement which have traditionally been so foundational to them? As scholars, artists, and intellectuals in Santa Cruz approached the end of the last academic year, however, it was clear that the emergence of a global pandemic and the flaming of political tensions in the United States had only underscored the importance of the Humanities in making sense of the world around us. In response to this, "Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses," a series of eleven weekly episodes performed over the course of the summer, represented a bold and original venture into theater and public scholarship in the age of COVID-19.

Shakespeare Organizations during COVID-19: Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Humanities Institute staff
Publication: Shakespeare Association of America
Date: 7/10/2020

Associated Products

Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses (Web Resource)
Title: Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses
Author: William Shakespeare
Abstract: Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses is a public arts and humanities series co-produced by Santa Cruz Shakespeare and UCSC’s Shakespeare Workshop that brings professional actors and scholars together with the public for live readings and discussion of the works that made Shakespeare famous in the London theater. As a young writer at the start of his career, Shakespeare explored ambitions, rivalries, and passions that swept away the dynasty that had reigned in England for more than four centuries. Over the course of ten sessions, we will immerse ourselves in these rarely performed plays—in Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3 and Richard III—and reflect on them both as points of departure for Shakespeare’s career and as a mirror for the times in which we live.
Year: 2020
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