Tag Archives: Earl Showerman

Showerman speaks on Folger edu-blog

Shakespeare Fellowship President Earl Showerman posted a comment about Greek influences in Hamlet to the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Making a Scene: Shakespeare in the Classroom educational blog on February 14, 2010. Showerman’s commentary supported a February 12, 2010 post by Folger Education Programs Administrative Assistant Caitlin Smith titled, “The Greeks and Shakespeare”.

In her discussion of Orestes in the February 12 post, Smith said:

Shakespeare’s plays, too, have a certain je ne sais quoi which allows them to stay present in the public eye, and even Shakespeare may have been influenced by Greek Tragedy.  Take, for example, HAMLET and ORESTES: They both involve the murder of a king by a relative. The protagonists find themselves denied their fathers’thrones by newly wedded couples. Both Orestes and Hamlet experience periods of madness, and their revenge takes the lives of both the mother and her new husband. Also, both stories place great emphasis on the importance of faithful friendship (in Plyades and Horatio) vs. seeming friendship (in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and Menelaus).

Showerman augmented Smith’s post with a lengthy and specific commentary on Hamlet‘s Greek influences, and closed with the request:

Is it not time that Jonson’s misleading claim of Shakespeare’s ‘lesse Greek’ as regards Euripides’ influence on the playwright be broadly challenged by the academy?


SF/SOS joint conference Sept. 16-19, 2010

New Shakespeare Fellowship President Earl Showerman will chair next year’s Shakespeare Fellowship/Shakespeare Oxford Society joint conference to be held September 16-19, 2010 at the Ashland Springs Hotel in Ashland, Oregon. Showerman has reserved a block of tickets at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland for conference attendees.

Showerman said:

The program for the 2010 joint authorship conference will include group tickets to three productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Merchant of Venice (9/16/10), Hamlet (9/17/10), and Henry IV, Part I (9/18/10). An emphasis will be placed on presentations relevant to the current plays in production and panel discussions that include members of the OSF acting company will also be included in the program.

One hundred tickets for each of the three productions have been reserved for the conference. Registrants may order up to two tickets per production with their conference registration, but additional tickets will be provided only by special request of the program committee. Group ticket prices are Merchant $58, Hamlet $66, Henry IV $66. Group ticket orders will be closed on August 15, 2010. Orders for tickets after that date must be placed directly with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival box office at 541-482-4331 or online at http://www.osfashland.org/. Other plays in production during the conference include Twelfth Night, Throne of Blood, Ruined, American Night, and the musical She Loves Me.

The Rogue Valley – Medford Airport has non stop connections to Portand, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The airport is 15 miles from Ashland; shuttle service is available. A block of 30 rooms has been reserved for the conference at the Ashland Springs Hotel: http://www.ashlandspringshotel.com or call 888-795-4545. Room rate for the conference is $149 per night. The hotel is one-half block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival theaters.

Other comparable, less expensive lodgings are available in Ashland within several blocks of the theater and conference site. These include:

Bard’s Inn Best Western http://bardsinn.com , 800-528-1234
Stratford Inn http://stratfordinnashland.com 800-547-4741
Plaza Inn http://plazainnashland.com, 888-488-0358
Columbia Hotel http://columbiahotel.com, 800-718-2530

Bed and breakfast establishments with comparable room rates are within walking distance of the conference site and theaters. These include: Winchester Hosue, Anne Hathaway’s B&B, A Cowslips Belle, Ashland Creek Inn, Chanticleer Inn, McCall House, Shrew’s House, Iris Inn and the Peerless Hotel. For information consult Ashland’s Bed and Breakfast Network at http://abbnet.com.

For more information about the conference contact Showerman at earlees@charter.net. For the 2010 Oregon Shakespear Festival program, check the web at http://www.osfashland.org.Call for Papers 2010 SF/SOS joint conference in Ashland, Oregon

Call for papers 2010 SF/SOS joint conference in Ashland, Oregon
June 15, 2010 is the deadline for submissions to the 2010 SF/SOS joint conference in Ashland, Oregon. Preference for the 2010 conference will be given to papers that address the Shakespeare authorship question in relation to the Shakespeare plays in production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, and Henry IV. General guidelines for presentation of papers are available at: http://www.shakespeare-oxford.com/?p=193. Proposals should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 250 words and a brief biography of the presenter. To submit a paper, contact Bonner Cutting jandbcutting@comcast.net , John Hamill hamillx@pacbell.net, or Earl Showerman earlees@charter.net.

SOS and SF name new leaders


Linda Theil and new SOS President John Hamill

Hamill to lead SOS
John Hamill was named as the new president of the Shakespeare Oxford Society during a meeting of the board of directors after the society’s annual meeting yesterday in Houston. Hamill will serve a one-year term as president. He has been a member of the SOS board since 2001 and has chaired the publications committee. Hamill replaces outgoing president Matthew Cossolotto.

SOS membership elected Cossolotto, Richard Smiley, and Richard Joyrich to three-year terms on the board of directors and elected Hamill to fill the remaining one-year term of former board member Andrew Frye.

Earl Showerman

New SF president Earl Showerman, Houston 2009

Showerman to lead SF
The Shakespeare Fellowship chose new president Earl Showerman at their annual meeting to replace outgoing president Alex McNeill. Showerman will chair next year’s SF/SOS Joint Conference to be held September 16-19, 2010 at the Ashland Springs Hotel in Ashland, Oregon. Showerman has reserved a block of tickets at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland for conference attendees.

Fellowship members elected Showerman, Patricia Urquart, and Ian Haste to three year terms on the board and elected Ted Story to a two-year term.

Both annual meetings took place at this years Shakespeare Fellowship and Shakespeare Oxford Society joint conference at the Doubletree hotel and conference center in Houston, Texas.