Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 120
You are cordially invited to attend the 7th Annual Shakespeare Polaris Lecture on March 1. Barry Kraft, who recently played the title roles in “King Lear” at Southern Oregon University and in “Julius Caesar” and “King Lear” at the Marin Shakespeare Company, has acted in all thirty-eight of Shakespeare’s plays–more than 100 roles in 85 full productions at theatres and Shakespeare festivals around the country, including 20 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is author of After-Dinner Shakespeare: Thy Father is a Gorbellied Codpiece and “On the Theatrical Worth of Discarded Words” in On-Stage Studies. Kraft is also a dramaturgue, an educator, an avid chess and Go player and a poetry lover.
Looking at key characters from a handful of Shakespeare’s plays from his middle period–especially “The Merchant of Venice,” “King Henry V,” “Julius Caesar” and “Hamlet”–Barry Kraft will explore the enigma of why we are unable to see them all simultaneously in satisfactory focus.
The Polaris Lecture series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Forty-Ninth State Fellows Program of the University Honors College and the Polaris Society.
Parking is free, after 7:30 p.m., in the parking lots adjacent to the science building.
Kraft will also deliver a poetry reading at Cyrano’s on Saturday, March 3, at 4:45 p.m., immediately after the running of the reindeer. He’ll read selections from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, as well as poetry by W.H. Auden, Billy Collins, Carol Ann Duffy, Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Robinson Jeffers, Kenneth Koch, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mary Oliver and Dylan Thomas.