In addition to this seminar, Barry Kraft will be giving a lecture entitled “Hamlet and the Spirit of Vengeance” on October 18. For more information on this lecture, please visit the event page.
Registration for the seminar is free and open to the public. However, because capacity is limited, advanced enrollment is necessary. This will be done primarily on a first come, first served basis, though preference is given to UCLA students and faculty members. Participants will be expected to read Julius Caesar and brief excerpts of Lucan’s Pharsalia (which will be provided) before the seminar and to be ready to discuss them. A pizza lunch will be delivered at the end of the seminar. To enroll, please e-mail Professor Daniel Lowenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barry Kraft was the very first CLAFI lecturer, back in 2010. There was a reason. Kraft has the rare achievement of having acted in all of Shakespeare’s plays. He has played more than 100 Shakespearean roles. For 30 seasons he was an actor-member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. He has performed Shakespearean and non-Shakespearean roles at many other theaters, including Berkeley Repertory Theater and the Marin Shakespeare Festival. He is also a scholar of Shakespeare’s plays and served as Ashland’s first dramaturg. Most importantly, he has been Ashland’s most popular lecturer for decades. He has energy, humor, vast knowledge, and an unusual ability to appeal to everyone from the expert to the newcomer to Shakespeare.