November 2008

The group will have its next meeting in the Walldorf Room at the Plymouth District Library on Sunday, December 21, starting at 1:00 p.m. We have the room reserved till the library closes at 4:45 p.m. but we should be done before that.

Please check out the Twelfth Night page in the Pages section on the right. It contains information about what to bring to the readings and also a list of resources to explore and deepen your enjoyment of the play.

Please contact me at if you have any questions or leave a comment.


Much thanks to everyone who showed up to read Macbeth yesterday afternoon. I enjoyed the reading very much and hope you did too if you were there. I think we were rolling right along with much fewer stumbles than I anticipated as people got a hang of the system very quickly.

Special thanks to Richard Joyrich for attending and bringing his expertise to the group. Richard is a member of the Oberon Shakespeare group that meets every month at the Farmington Hills Library where they primarily discuss the authorship issue. Also thanks to Lois and Marvin from the Rosedale Community Players for attending and bringing their experience with theatre and Shakespeare to the group.

Also a very special thanks to the students from Cyndi Burnstein’s Shakespeare class that were there at the meeting. It takes some courage for each of us to step up and wrestle with sometimes unfamiliar text in a live setting but I thought everyone tried really hard and performed admirably. And as a venerable ancient Indian scripture text says, “Full effort is full victory”. 

The votes are in, no recounts needed!. We will be reading “Twelfth Night” which handily beat “As You Like It” and “The Merchant of Venice“. We will be meeting at the Walldorf room on December 21 at 1:00 p.m., hope to see you there!

Twelfth Night films and productions to check out are the Trevor Nunn film with Imogen Stubbs as Viola and Helena Bonham Carter as Olivia. Also the BBC production with Felicity Kendal as Viola. Felicity Kendal is part of the Kendal family that is especially beloved by Shakespeare fans living in India or of Indian origin. Her parents, Geoffrey and Laura Kendal, led a repertory company on tours of India after the Second World War performing Shakespeare before royalty one day and in front of humble villagers the next day. The Merchant-Ivory film “Shakespearewallah” is loosely based on her family’s real-life experience if you want to get a sense of their adventures in India and see them perform excerpts from the plays.

Twelfth Night has many songs in it. I play the guitar and can accompany anyone interested in singing “O Mistress mine”, “Come away, come away death” or “For the rain, it raineth every day” at the reading, it will be fun to have a musical interlude!

I just got confirmation of dates for the December and January meetings at the Plymouth District Library

Sun. Dec 21, 2008 – 1:00  p.m.  Walldorf Room

Sun. Jan 18, 2009 – 1:00 p.m.  Story Time Room

Hope to see you there!

I happened to be in the library on the weekend dropping off my daughter to do research for National History Day. Barbara Kraft, from the library, was kind enough to give me a small tour of the Walldorf room where we are going to meet in a couple of weeks.

Just head to the left once you enter the library and you can’t miss it. The room has a small kitchen with coffee machines so I will bring some cofee and mugs to the reading. I also plan on bringing a few cookies as finger food is allowed.  Anyone who wants to unload any baked goods they have laying around is also welcome to do so at the meeting, I’m sure no one will complain 🙂

Here are some ideas that I had to complement the reading experience.

  • Many of the plays contain whole songs or snatches of songs. I play the guitar and I am sure some of the readers play musical instruments. If someone wants to sing one of the songs it might be fun to have a musical interlude in the reading with a little practice prior to the reading
  • Invite a professional theatre actor in the area to read a character for one of the sections in the play  

I would love to hear any other ideas or suggestions you might have to add to this list.