Friday, May 30, 2008

Tiffany Translated

Grace Tiffany's fictional history of Shakespeare's Shylock in Spain, The Turquoise Ring, has just been released in a Hebrew translation by Opus, an Israeli press.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Amidon Receives Praise From Former Student

Former student Donald Verkow recently credited Beth Amidon with his success in writing and publishing. Verkow, author of two stories in the best-selling "Chicken Soup" book series, was a student in Beth's 1996 "Writing in the Elementary School" class, and she encouraged him to hone his skills and think about publishing. For more information, see Kurt Anthony Krug's article on p. D8 in the Kalamazoo Gazette, May 18, 2008.

Heller on WWMT-TV

An interview with Janet Heller about her fiction picture book for kids How the Moon Regained Her Shape and the topic of bullying will air on WWMT-TV, Channel 3 (CBS) tonight, May 27, between 5 and 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Russo & Utz Co-Edit Cluster on Arthuriana

Keith Russo and Richard Utz (together with Christine Havens) recently co-edited an essay cluster, Culture and the Medieval King, in UNIversitas: The University of Northern Iowa Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. The cluster includes the following contributions:

E. Kay Harris: "The Precognition of Crime: Treason in Medieval England and Terrorism in Twenty-first Century America"
John Sievers: "Dryden’s Battle with Music in King Arthur: The Bracegirdle Hurdle"
Nicola Clasby-Wilson: "Disarming the shout of doom: Chopra’s Alkahest"
Jennie Morton: "Merlin: The Manifestation of the 'New Man' (or How a Medieval Wizard Came to Embody Modern Masculinity)"
April Cook: "Honor and Transgression: The Poetics and Politics of Shame and Guilt in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"

Arnie Johnston's "Brel" in Chicago

Theo Ubique Theatre Co. (in association with Michael James) presents the World Premiere of Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night.

Following the trials of two sailors at port in a bar in Amsterdam, we witness how relationships bloom and wilt through the magical lyricism of Jacques Brel. A new musical of love, loss, and hope, Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night promises to be a spectacular new work. Theo Ubique has teamed up with translator Arnold Johnston* to bring to life some of Jacques Brel's most beloved works of art. Many of the songs in Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night have never before been heard or translated in the English Language.

*According to Wikipedia, Brel's widow said that Johnston, a professor at Western Michigan University, translates Brel's work more accurately than others and has granted Dr. Johnston the rights to translate Brel's work into English.


Wednesday, JUNE 4, 2008 and Thursday, JUNE 5, 2008 at 8pm ($10) OPENING NIGHT: Friday, JUNE 6, 2008 at 8pm Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm through Sunday, JULY 20

The No Exit Cafe, 6970 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago IL 60626 • Street parking and CTA Bus/Train accessible • Free parking lot at corner of Estes and Glenwood (Trilogy Parking Lot) • 151 SHERIDAN bus, 22 CLARK bus, 155 DEVON bus, MORSE Red Line stop
To reserve tickets call: (773) 743-3355 $20 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Dinner Packages Available - Dinner includes authentic French cuisine
• Industry/Student Night (Sunday 7pm) - $15 with Headshot/ Resume or Student ID)
• Senior Sundays - $15 (60+) • Group Rates Available

Music & Lyrics by JACQUES BREL
English Translations by ARNOLD JOHNSTON
Musical Arrangements by JOSHUA STEPHEN KARTES
Musical Direction by JOSHUA STEPHEN KARTES
Choreography by DAVID HEIMANN


Jeremy Trager • Chris Damiano • Jenny Lamb • Eric Martin

Theo Ubique Theatre Co. No Exit Cafe • 6970 N Glenwood Ave • (773) 743-3355

Monday, May 5, 2008

Professor Awarded Folger Grant

Assistant professor Anthony Ellis has been awarded a Mascioli Fellowship that will allow him to spend one month in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. The title of Prof. Ellis' research project is "'Il Shax': Literary Translations, Theatrical Adaptations of Shakespeare in Italy."