What is won and lost when Shakespeare is translated from stage to film? The Shakespeare Society will contemplate this question Nov. 5 at the Kaye Playhouse with the likes of New York Magazine theatre critic John Simon, film director Michael Almereyda (of the recent "Hamlet" film starring Ethan Hawke) and actor Liev Schrieber, who has performed Shakespeare on film (Almeryda's "Hamlet") and on stage (the Public Theatre's Hamlet, Cymbeline and the upcoming Othello). New York Observer columnist Ron Rosenbaum will moderate the discussion, which will also include Shakespeare Theatre artistic director and director of the drama division at Julliard Michael Kahn. Clips from films ranging from Orson Welles' "Chimes at Midnight" to Baz Lurhmann's "Romeo + Juliet" will be viewed and commented on.
The Shakespeare Society is best known for bestowing its Shakespeare Society Medal on persons who promote the works of Stratford-on-Avon's most famous son. Past recipients include actress Claire Bloom, actor Sir Derek Jacobi and professor Harold Bloom. For information on the Society, call (212) 327-3399 or visit http://www.shakespearesociety.org. The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College is located at 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.
— By Christine Ehren