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We hope you'll be with us for a Manhattan gathering at The Lambs, a venerable Midtown theatrical society, on Monday, April 13, with legendary actress and director Estelle Parsons , who'll join Montclair State's Naomi Liebler, author of "Shakespeare's Festive Tragedy," for a dramatic exploration of Shakespearean heroines. The following night, at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park, we'll enjoy the first of two timely Booth-focused events, this one with biographer Terry L. Alford (Tuesday, April 14), who'll shed new light on what has been called the most dramatic moment in American history. On Friday, May 8, at the University Club in Washington, we'll converse with Diana Owen, Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, about recent developments in Stratford-upon-Avon. On Tuesday, May 12, we'll return to The Lambs for a New York program with Daniel J. Watermeier (Tuesday, May 12), who will introduce "American Tragedian," his long-awaited "Life of Edwin Booth." And on Tuesday, June 12, we'll be back in D.C. for two events with actor Edward Gero, who is riveting audiences at Arena Stage in "The Originalist," a brilliant new John Strand play that focuses on Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court.

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." 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. And in March we enjoyed an engaging dialogue 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.

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