92Y Readings & Writing Workshops, Brush up your Shakespeare before the Park

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Before you head to the Park: James Shapiro on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Cymbeline
Before you take in New York City’s most beloved outdoor theatrical tradition this summer, get a world-renowned expert’s perspective on the language, style and history of these two magical plays.

In this 92Y exclusive, eminent Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro leads lively lectures that prepare you to get the most out of the eagerly anticipated productions in Central Park.


Shapiro is Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia and the celebrated author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 and The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606.
Starts Tue, Jun 9, 6:30-9 pm, 2 sessions

Listen to Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, starring Michael Sheen—now available again
To begin at the beginning:
It is Spring, moonless night in the small town

Dylan Thomas gave his greatest Poetry Center performance in the premiere of Under Milk Wood on May 14, 1953. He finished the play just in time, and the famous Caedmon recording of the reading is the only one with Dylan in the cast. He and five American actors—all of whom were also employed, in some capacity, by 92nd Street Y—would go on to perform it thrice more.

Celebrate Dylan’s life and work by revisiting 92Y’s October 2014 live broadcast of this “play for voices,” with Michael Sheen and an all-Welsh cast.


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