We were delighted to open our 2014-15 season with a special John Lahr gathering on Wednesday, September 24, that launched the U.S. book tour of an eagerly anticipated biography of Tennessee Williams. That event occurred at The Players, an institution founded by the leading member of America's most prominent theatrical family. We followed it with October programs in three cities and two countries. Our first event occurred at the historic Guildhall in London, where the Shakespeare Guild bestowed a posthumous Gielgud Award on Sir Donald Sinden as part of the UK Theatre Awards luncheon on Sunday, October 19. Sir Donald's son, producer Marc Sinden, accepted the trophy from its designer, actor and visual artist Clive Francis. Our second venue was Gramercy Park in New York for a conversation with Vanity Fair's John Heilpern, on Monday, October 27, at the National Arts Club. Concluding our agenda for October were two evenings in Santa Fe with the cast of a "King Lear" that was touring America from Shakespeare's Globe.
We returned to Manhattan for programs with Cal State Fullerton's Kay Stanton on Monday, November 24, at the NAC, and with renowned literary scholar, cultural observer, and former Harvard President Neil L. Rudenstein on Tuesday, November 25, at the Princeton Club of New York. On Tuesday, December 9, at the National Arts Club, we concluded the first half of our 2014-15 season with lexicographer Ammon Shea, who shared witty insights from his new book about "Bad English."
We now move into the second half of our 2014-15 season with James Shapiro, a Columbia scholar who has been a frequent guest in SOS gatherings. Next up will be a conversation with Jesse Sheidlower (February 25), to be followed on March 23 by an evening with acclaimed actor John Douglas Thompson and then by such attractions as an evening with the legendary Estelle Parsons (April 13) and by special Booth-related programs with Terry L. Alford (April 14), and Daniel J. Watermeier (May 12).
Meanwhile we're savoring a 2013-14 season that commenced with a charming August medley of Bardic moments in Santa Fe, and an unforgettable September evening in Manhattan with Zoe Caldwell. We're also recalling scintillating engagements with Jeffrey Horowitz and Ted Rogers of Theatre for a New Audience, with Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker, with Joe Illick of the Santa Fe Concert Association, with Edwin Booth biographer Alan W. Bloom, with CUNY professor Richard McCoy, with New York Times reporter Sarah Lyall, with Folger biographer Stephen H. Grant, with Yale professor David Kastan, with lexicographer Paul Dickson, with actors Stacy Keach and Edward Gero, and once again with Adam Gopnik.
We're also looking back to a 2012-13 New York season that opened with critic John Lahr, and proceeded to events with Irene Dash, Nagle Jackson, and James Shapiro, with Julie Taymor and Paul Dickson and Thomas Keith, and finally with Tina Packer and Susannah Carson and with Jesse Berger and Everett Raymond Kinstler. At the same time we're recalling a 2011-12 calendar that featured superb programs with John Miller, Joan Darling and Jonathan Richards, Jeffrey Horowitz, David Kastan, Zoe Caldwell, Stacy Keach, Georgianna Ziegler, and Dakin Matthews in Manhattan, and a Centennial Fridays series in Santa Fe at the historic New Mexico Museum of Art. We're also taking pride in a 2010-11 season that opened with a GIELGUD gala in honor of F. Murray Abraham, continued with a salute to playwright Edward Albee, and proceeded to programs with writer Ammon Shea, director Brian Kulick, Shakespeare Newsletter editors John Mahon and Thomas Pendleton, "new-media" pioneers Katherine Rowe and Kathleen Fitzgerald, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust director Diana Owen, Trust chairman Stanley Wells, educator Paul Edmondson, and Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Walter Liedtke, script consultant Russell Jackson, historian Michael J. Hirrel, scholar Steven Urkowitz, director and playwright Robert Brustein, novelist Arthur Phillips, and actors Richard Clifford and Sir Derek Jacobi. For reminders about our 2009-10 season, click here.
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