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We hope you'll join us for an engaging dialogue on Monday, March 23, with acclaimed actor John Douglas Thompson, who received enthusiastic reviews for his recent performance in Christopher Marlowe's "Tamburlaine," a rarely-produced classic that was imaginatively directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company's Michael Boyd at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. That conversation will be followed by a gathering (Monday, April 13) with the legendary Estelle Parsons , who'll join Montclair State's Naomi Liebler, author of "Shakespeare's Festive Tragedy," and by timely Booth-focused discussions with biographers Terry L. Alford (Tuesday, April 14), and Daniel J. Watermeier (Tuesday, May 12). Meanwhile on Monday, May 11, we'll converse with Diana Owen, Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, about some new developments in Stratford-upon-Avon.

We opened 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. We followed that event with October programs in three cities and two countries. One 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. A second occurred at Gramercy Park in New York, where we talked with Vanity Fair columnist John Heilpern, on Monday, October 27. A third took place in Santa Fe, with cast members from a "King Lear" that was touring America from Shakespeare's Globe. We returned to Manhattan for November engagements with Cal State Fullerton's Kay Stanton and with former Harvard President Neil L. Rudenstein. In December we spoke with lexicographer Ammon Shea. In January our guest was Columbia scholar James Shapiro, who explored "Shakespeare in America." And in February we chatted with linguist Jesse Sheidlower, who discussed his book on "the F-Word' in a lively dialogue that also featured contributions from November speaker Ammon Shea.

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To register for any of our upcoming programs, all you need to do is call 505-988-9560 or email shakesguild@msn.com. If you wish to join THE SHAKSPEARE GUILD, we invite you to visit our Membership page for types of affiliation. There you'll find a link to a page where you can enroll as a member, book for upcoming engagements, or do both.