Xavier is hosting a William Shakespeare symposium, The Two Noble Kinsmen: Text, Sources, Performance, and Pedagogy, on Saturday, May 3, at the Cintas Center. The symposium takes place in conjunction with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s performance of the play which completes their production of Shakespeare’s entire canon.
“The most unique aspect of this conference is that it’s designed in conjunction with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s staging of The Two Noble Kinsmen—a play rarely performed," said Niamh O'Leary, assistant professor of English and a Shakespeare scholar. "So, not only is it a unique opportunity for conference attendees to see a play they probably wouldn’t get to see onstage otherwise, but also, we will engage in multiple ways throughout the day with the theatre company.”
Participants arriving on Friday, May 2, can attend a performance of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’ Star-Crossed Season Closer, which features pieces inspired by the works of Shakespeare.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. Participants can join a roundtable discussion and two panel discussions on scholarly articles. Paper topics being presented include “Amazonian Revisions: Female Community in The Two Noble Kinsmen,” “Sharp weapons, soft sheaths and The Two Noble Kinsmen’s Melancholic Pivot” and “Chivalry is (Un)Dead.”
Shakespeare scholars from across the Midwest attending the symposium include Richard Dutton of Ohio State University, Bonnie Erwin of Wilmington College and Xavier's O’Leary, who was presented the Swan award from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for her passion and commitment to the study of Shakespeare.
The symposium culminates with a performance of The Two Noble Kinsmen followed by a question-and-answer session with the actors.