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John Andrews
For a two-page biography of Mr. Andrews, click here. Among his many articles is one he co-authored for the New York Times about the Civil War as a Shakespearean tragedy. This piece echoed his October 1990 article about the Lincoln assassination for The Atlantic. Mr. Andrews has also addressed this topic in Humanities magazine, in lectures delivered in such high-profile venues as the Smithsonian, the QE2, and the University of Cambridge, in interviews on NPR's Sunday "Weekend Edition," on the Voice of America, and in two documentaries, one for NPR, the other for PBS. In April 2017 he addressed the topic with Ellen Berkowitz on Santa Fe station KSFR. A few weeks later he drew upon that background a second time for a Washington Post letter about a controversial Central Park production of "Julius Caesar." And in December of 2018 Mr. Andrews rejoined historian Dwight Pitcaithley for a gathering that touched on many of the themes they'd addressed in their February 2011 article for the Times. A more whimsical approach to "Our American Cousin" (the play that was being performed at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865) had appeared three decades earlier in a 1989 overview by Mr. Andrews for WETA Magazine.

For Op-Eds that connect the playwright to current affairs, see Mr. Andrews' remarks about Eliot Spitzer, Donald Trump, Sean Spicer, Privatizer Ryan, and Tweety Bird in the Santa Fe New Mexican, and about such topics as Sarah Palin and the controversial Trumpian "Julius Caesar" in the Washington Post. And see James M. Keller's interview with Mr. Andrews in Pasatiempo for omments about a January 2014 NT Live presentation of Coriolanus.

You may also wish to sample a few of Mr. Andrews' reviews for the Washington Post and The American Scholar, and examine coverage he's received in periodicals like The Chronicle of Higher Education (both before and after the BBC series known as "The Shakespeare Plays"), Time, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and U.S.News and World Report.

Many theater professionals use The Everyman Shakespeare, a 16-volume paperback series that retains significant features of the original printings and includes forewords by prominent actors and directors. They also consult William Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence, Mr. Andrews' 3-volume 1985 Scribners reference collection, an enthusiastically received set with contributions by such luminaries as Anthony Burgess, Jonathan Miller, and Sir Peter Ustinov, and its 2001 companion trilogy, Shakespeare's World and Work, designed for teachers and students. Also of note is Routledge's new edition of ROMEO AND JULIET: Critical Essays, a 1993 Garland collection by Mr. Andrews that is now available both in cloth and in paperback. Mr. Andrews has assisted BBC Radio 4 with two Any Questions? programs and two commemorative lectures in honor of Alistair Cooke. He has presided over more than a dozen of C-SPAN2's weekend Book TV offerings. And he made several appearances in the late William Safire's "On Language" column for the New York Times Magazine. For a sampling of Mr. Andrews' views about the early printings of Shakespeare's poems and plays, see "Site-Reading Shakespeare's Dramatic Scores", "Textual Deviancy in The Merchant of Venice," and Ron Rosenbaum's chapter about the value of familiarity with "Original Spelling" in his book on The Shakespeare Wars.

For Mr. Andrews' remarks on thematic issues in key plays, see "Ethical and Theological Questions in Shakespeare's Dramatic Works" and related articles about Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Measure for Measure. For his observations about several renowned actors, see MPT's Afternoon Tea. And for his counsel to performers who aspire to convey all the magic to be found in Shakespeare's verse, click here.

To mark "Shakespeare 400," a global commemoration of he playwright's life and legacy, the Guild ooffered several 2016 programs in New York, Santa Fe, and Washington. Several focused on the Folger Shakespeare Library, which provided a national tour of First Folios from its incomparable holdings. For background on this extraordinary initaitive, visit the website of Albuquerque station KUNM, where you'll find several links of interest, among them Spencer Beckwith's conversation with Mr. Andrews and Mary Kershaw, director of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Mr. Andrews was also featured on three other recent broadcasts, among them one on Albuquerque's KKOB (conducted by news director Pat Allen), and another on February 17, 2016, over KSFR's award-winning "Santa Fe Radio Cafe."

In 2016 Mr. Andrews was asked by Mayor Dale Janway to organize and chair a Mayor's Cultural Development Council in Carlsbad, New Mexico, his hometown; for reporter Kyle Marksteiner's impressions of Mr. Andrews and other members of that group, see the Summer 2016 issue of "Focus on Carlsbad." Mr. Andrews has been listed in Who's Who in America since 1984. For further detail about him and about his eminent colleagues on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council of the Shakespeare Guild, click here.