Uncovering Shakespeare exhibition features four customized events

will_folio2-FULLAs part of the Pages from Pequot: Uncovering Shakespeare exhibition which runs through May 6, Pequot Library announces four customized events to accompany the Special Collections’ exhibition of rare books.

This is an exhibit about Shakespeare but it’s also about a friend of Pequot Library.  It is also about sharing the many treasures entrusted to Pequot Library. In 1972, Dean S. Edmonds, Esq. passed away. In his will, Mr. Edmonds made a significant gift to Pequot Library representing his love of the Library and his passion for Shakespeare.

This year the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, leads a world-wide commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Thanks to Mr. Edmonds’ interest and his keen love of collecting, plus his bequest, Pequot Library today boasts a remarkable Shakespeare collection. Of the 71 entries in Mr. Edmond’s bequest, Pequot Library has on display several of the gems of his collection.  

Shakespeare would probably have been lost to us today without the First Folio. Published in 1623, the First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, and only 233 copies are known today. Come to the March 12, 2016 program from 5-7 p.m., Folios First to hear Heather-Marie Montilla and Elizabeth Beaudin, PhD explore the folios and share with the public materials too valuable to leave out all the time. This program is free and open to the public.

Rochelle Almeida

Rochelle Almeida

The exhibition Uncovering Shakespeare also sheds light on the Shakespeare controversy and presents information to encourage viewers to question the identity of the writer of the “Shakespearean” plays and poems. On Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 5-7 p.m., Professor Rochelle Almeida, PhD will present, Will the Real Shakespeare Please Sit Up? In this talk, Professor Rochelle Almeida, a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for the past 15 years, will provide insights into the discovery and the enormous significance of what has come to be called the Cobbe Portrait. She will compare other portraits of Shakespeare such as the Janssen Portrait and the Droueshout Portrait with the Cobbe to explicate the manner in which the scholarly world established the identity of the famous ‘sitter.’ This program is free and open to all.

Rochelle Almeida is a Professor of South Asian Studies at New York University. She holds doctoral degrees in English from the University of Bombay and St. John’s University, New York. She is a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK. She has been a resident of Southport for 20 years and with her husband Llewellyn is a recipient of the Stanley Crane-Wood Award for Volunteers of the Year 2015-16 at Pequot Library.

Dr. Susan Whitcomb

Dr. Susan Whitcomb

On April 1, 2016, Fairfield resident, Dr. Susan Whitcomb will be the guest presenter in Pequot Library’s Fantastic Finds series. At 10:45am followed by a light lunch. On the First Friday of every month up to five items from Pequot Library’s treasure trove of rare books and manuscripts will be revealed, opened  from a sealed box! Susan Whitcomb, PhD will focus on Shakespearean “finds” followed by a light lunch. Free and open to the public, with registration encouraged online at pequotlibrary.org.

Susan Whitcomb graduated from Wellesley College and earned her PhD in English Language and Literature from Yale University. She was Associate Professor of English at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT and also taught at Purchase College. She has lectured, published and taught several courses in medieval and renaissance literature, early modern women writers, Shakespeare and film, the contemporary novel, and writing.

Dr. Whitcomb is a docent at the Morgan Library and Museum, where she conducts tours of special literary exhibitions, including Dickens, Churchill, Islamic manuscripts, and Photography in the Legible World. She also covers the permanent collection of Near Eastern seals, illuminated manuscripts, early printed books, and literary and historical manuscripts.

Dr. Whitcomb is founder and President of Haitian Educational Initiatives, a 501(c)(3) organization that partners with Haitian community groups to provide tuition, feeding, academic tutoring, and job training programs in Jacmel, Haiti. www.haitiedu.org. She lives in Fairfield.

Elise Broach

Elise Broach

Later on April 1 the public is invited to register for a Shakespeare Family Festival from 4:15-7:30 p.m. The kick-off program will be for grades 4-7, Meet the Author, Jr.: Elise Broach of Shakespeare’s Secret, (4:30 – 5:30pm)

Meet Elise Broach, author of Shakespeare’s Secret who will discuss the Shakespeare authorship question and the writing of her book. She is the author of 20 books for children. Shakespeare’s Secret was an Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile Mystery, an ALA Notable Book, and an IRA Teacher’s Choice selection.

Christy Ottaviano

Christy Ottaviano

Broach will discuss the editing process and the creation of her book along with her publisher, Christy Ottaviano of Christy Ottaviano Books, a part of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Ottaviano is the editor of many bestselling books for young readers. She will discuss the editing process and the creation of the book. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Following the author talk, the festival continues with a sword fighting demonstration and explanation of medieval weaponry; Songs and monologues performed by Greens Farms Academy & King School students (including “Twelfth Night”); Hands-on art projects & interactive acting mini-workshops; Medieval-inspired food for purchase; Free Shake Shack custard scooping; and Gift certificates – first 100 attendees receive free gift certificates for a Shake Shack shake. Fee for Shakespeare Family Festival is $10 per person/$35 max per family. Please register online at pequotlibrary.org, and go to the Calendar of Events.

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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