On Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m., Mark Schenker of Yale University will lead a discussion of A Midsummer Night’s Dream here at the Library. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be the summer production of Shakespeare on the Sound, now in its 14th year. Mr. Schenker will discuss the play both as an individual work and with respect to its place in the Shakespeare canon. Long considered one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream presents a world capable of being transformed by magic, by love and by art. The play combines elements of music, dance, and pageantry with the comic misadventures of two pairs of star-crossed lovers and the comic prose of the “rude mechanicals,” common tradesmen who labor to create and perform a drama that serves as counterpoint to the sophistication and formality of the larger comedy that encompasses it.
Mark J. Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990. He is currently an associate dean of the College and dean of academic affairs. Born and raised in New York City, he received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia, New York University, and Trinity College (Hartford). He has led book discussion series in public libraries in Connecticut for over twenty years through programs sponsored by the Connecticut Humanities Council and lectures frequently on literary topics for public audiences. He was the recipient of the 2001 Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council. (Pictured above: Mark Schenker)
Shakespeare on the Sound’s 2009 summer production schedule is as follows:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Rowayton, Pinkney Park: June 16-28
Greenwich, Baldwin Park: July 4-12
No performances Mondays.
(Copies of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be available during the lecture. It is not necessary to read the play in advance.)
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).