The Droeshout Portrait of William Shakespeare, from the First Folio

David S. Rodes & Ron Rosenbaum

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, two leading scholars discuss arguments concerning how Shakespeare’s works should be printed and performed. Ron Rosenbaum, author of The Shakespeare Wars, has written for the New York Observer, the New York Times, Harper’s, the Atlantic, and the New Yorker. David Rodes is Professor Emeritus in UCLA’s Department of English where he taught Shakespeare for many years. He has also consulted on international stage, film, and television projects on classical theater. 

Complimentary coffee, tea and a book signing with Rosenbaum will follow the conversation.


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
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