It's homecoming week at my alma mater
. And nothing says "Rhodes College homecoming" like...
Okay, well, apart from those kinds of shenanigans, nothing says "Rhodes College Homecoming" like a sweet tailgate party, some football, some cool brews, and some thoughtful discussion about the theater of William Shakespeare, R.B. Sheridan, Oliver Goldsmith, and other masters of early modern comedy. Am I right?
This week's Comedy Symposium
is co-sponsored by the Rhodes Department of Theatre, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and by the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment
. It features students performing scenes from a variety of works with comment and commentary by visiting director Nick Hutchison, and Shakespeare scholar Fiona Ritchie
, author of Women and Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century
Hutchison has visited Memphis on several occasions
, and will talk about staging period comedy. Ritchie will talk cross-dressing, women, and, of course, Shakespeare.
Events are free, open to the public, and take place in the McCoy Theatre's studio Friday, Oct. 23 from 2-5 p.m.