Globe Cinema Renaissance Drama Series
The Cupertino Library Foundation, the Cupertino Library, and Bluelight Cinemas have partnered to sponsor five more Globe on Screen movies right here in Cupertino on Wednesday, April 8th and select Monday evenings May 4 – July 13th, 2015. Entrance is free with your RSVP and all shows begin promptly at 7:00 pm.
This is your opportunity to see five Renaissance Dramas as they were recently staged at the Globe Theatre in London from the comfortable seats at Bluelight Cinemas in Cupertino.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, in partnership with Arts Alliance Media, brings five of its latest performances to the Bluelight Cinema this spring and summer. The series kicks off with a showing of a lesser-known example of early modern English drama, Duchess of Malfi by John Webster. As a special treat, this initial showing includes a short talk by Dr. Roslyn L. Knutson, English Professor, Emerita, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The rest of the series continues with three of Shakespeare’s bloodiest classics: Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar and Anthony and Cleopatra, then finishes on a lighthearted note with Comedy of Errors.
Continuing Globe On Screen’s exceptional standard for quality, all five performances have been captured in high definition and will be broadcast in their entirety in pristine digital cinema quality, with full 5.1 surround sound offering audiences the opportunity to experience the world’s most famous stage as if they were there in person.
Shakespeare’s Globe artistic director Dominic Dromgoole said: “With the advent of new technology it is now possible to see and hear theatrical productions in the cinema with a wonderful sharpness and clarity. We are delighted that these productions will be finding new audiences, who can experience Globe shows as if they were in the building.”[box type=”info” bg=”#f2e0b5″ font=”arial” fontsize=”16″ radius=”10″]
All Globe Series Renaissance Drama Events are FREE!
Please RSVP…Space is Limited!
Please RSVP for each event separately by clicking the Cupertino Library Foundation’s Eventbrite RSVP buttons below.
Patrons interested in seeing the film should register and bring their registration to the Blue Light Cinema box office before the scheduled start of the film to exchange for a ticket issued by Blue Light Cinema. Ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the film, anyone who is wait-listed or a drop-in will be able to approach the Blue Light Cinema box office to ask for a ticket and to be seated on a first come first serve basis. Seating is limited, and in some cases when overbooking of registrations occurs, certain patrons with registrations may not be able to be seated for the film. The best way to obtain a seat is to register and come earlier to the theatre.
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1. John Webster’s Duchess of Malfi
The widowed Duchess of Malfi longs to marry her lover, the steward Antonio. But her rancorous brothers, Ferdinand and the Cardinal, are implacably opposed to the match. When their spy, Bosola, discovers that the Duchess has secretly married and carries Antonio’s child, they exact a terrible and horrific revenge. A thrilling combination of brilliant coup-de-théâtre and vivid characters this Globe On Screen production is the first ever theatrical production to be filmed entirely in candlelight, and marks Hollywood star Gemma Arterton’s return to the Globe in the title role.
Special Speaker Presentation
In addition to the screening, join us for a special talk on John Webster’s Duchess of Malfi by Dr. Roslyn L. Knutson, Professor of English, Emerita at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is the author of The Repertory of Shakespeare’s Time, 1594-1613, (University of Arkansas Press, 1991) and Playing Companies and Commerce in Shakespeare’s Time (Cambridge University Press, 2001). Her essays have appeared in publications including Shakespeare Quarterly, English Literary Renaissance, Shakespeare Survey, and Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England. With David McInnis (U. of Melbourne), she is co-founder and co-editor of the online Lost Plays Database. Dr. Knutson, active in both the Shakespeare Association of America and the Marlowe Society of America, currently is a member of the editorial board of Shakespeare Quarterly.
April 8, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
2. Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus
Returning to Rome from a war against the Goths, the general Titus Andronicus brings with him the queen Tamora and her three sons as prisoners of war. Titus’ sacrifice of Tamora’s eldest son to appease the ghosts of his dead sons and his decision to refuse to accept the title of emperor initiates a terrible cycle of mutilation, rape and murder. And all the while, at the centre of the nightmare, there moves the villainous, self-delighting Aaron. Grotesquely violent and daringly experimental, Titus Andronicus was the smash hit of Shakespeare’s early career, and is written with a ghoulish energy he was never to repeat elsewhere.
May 4, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 10:05 p.m.
3. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
When Caesar returns to Rome from the wars a virtual dictator, Brutus and his republican friends resolve that his ambition must be curbed – which in Rome can mean only one thing: the great general must be assassinated. But once the deed is done, the idealistic conspirators have to reckon with the forces of a new power bloc, led by Mark Antony and Caesar’s nephew Octavius. When their armies close at Philippi, will Caesar’s ghost be avenged? Opposing dictatorship and republicanism, private virtue and mob violence, Shakespeare’s tense political drama reveals the conflicting loyalties between men in power, with themes that still resonate today.
June 8, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 9:40 p.m.
4. Shakespeare’s Anthony & Cleopatra
Cleopatra, the alluring and fascinatingly ambiguous Queen of Egypt, has bewitched the great Mark Antony, soldier, campaigner and now one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire. When Antony quarrels with his fellow leaders and throws in his lot with Cleopatra, his infatuation threatens to split the Empire in two. Antony & Cleopatra picks up Antony’s story many years after Julius Caesar. Virtue and vice, transcendent love and realpolitik combine in Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breathtaking beauty and magnificence.
June 29, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
5. Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors
Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both called Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, and you have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos. One Antipholus is astonished by his foreign hospitality; the other enraged by the hostility of his home town. The Dromios, caught between the two, are soundly beaten for obeying all the wrong orders. Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare.