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Lectures from the Allen Room & Wertheim Study: Out of the Closet : "Your Own Thing" and Shakespeare


April 10, 2014

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What happens when 20th century adaptors decide to raise suppressed issues of homosexuality implied by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night? ? In 1968 Your Own Thing, a wildly original rock musical did just that.  Slide projections of characters such as the Sistine God, John Wayne, and Queen Elizabeth, vie with Orsino, Viola, and Olivia, to question and challenge conventional patterns. 

Irene G. Dash has written three books on Shakespeare.  Two focus on his women characters: Wooing, Wedding, and Power: Women in Shakespeare’s Plays (1981), and Women’s Worlds in Shakespeare’s Plays (1997), winner of a Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Books of 1997.  Her most recent book looks at Shakespeare and the American Musical (2010).  Dr. Dash taught English and Shakespeare at Hunter College CUNY for 30 years.  She has won several Folger Library Fellowships and a NEH grant.