Conference Schedule

2019 Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
Shakespeare Nations

June 28-30, 2019
Marietta College

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Thursday, June 27
8:30pm

Opening Night of Romeo and Juliet at Muskingum Park (free admission)

Friday, June 28
9:00-10:15am

Friederich Theatre
Place and Profession as Identity
Moderator: Alyssa Prince, Marietta College
Russell Bodi, Owens College “’Wrangling pedant’: Representation and Rejection in Shakespeare”
Anthony Patricia, Concord University “The Geographical Poetics of the Self in Antony and Cleopatra”
Robert Pierce, Oberlin University “Is Timon of Athens?”
Studio Theatre
Local Shakespeare

Moderator: Carol Mejia LaPerle, Wright State University
Anne Gossage, Eastern Kentucky University “Shaking up the Shakespeare Classroom with Adaptations”
Kevin Grace, University of Cincinnati “Shakespeare as Local History”
Lynn Dee Petko, Penn State University “’We few, we happy few’: Using Shakespeare to Build Community in a Cultural Desert”
Choir Room
American Shakespeare Center Workshop

Shakespeare’s Verse

10:30am-11:45pm

Friederich Theatre
The Agency of Women in Shakespeare

Moderator: Emily B. Heugatter, The University of Central Oklahoma
Savannah Rae Xaver, Western Michigan University “The Queen’s Body: Feminine Metaphor, Genres, and Power in Shakespeare’s Henriad”
Jillian R Edwards, Wright State University “Raping Women: Agency Lost and Found in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus”
Studio Theatre
Dreams of Fate, Hospital Comedy, and the Tones of Reception

Moderator: Amy Warren, Marietta City Schools
Joseph Sullivan, Marietta College “This is Troy, so Call Me Maybe: Toning Time and Place in Troilus
and Cressida”
Jia Zhang, Zhejiang University City College “Reading Young Lovers’ Dreams, Dream Fairies, and Fate in Romeo and Juliet and Peony Pavilion”
Kezia Sproat, Highbank Farm Peace Education “Love’s Labour’s Lost as a Jest in the Hospital”
Choir Room
American Shakespeare Center Workshop

Shakespeare’s Rhetoric

1:30-2:45pm

Friederich Theatre
Special Session on the History of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

Moderator: David George, Urbana University
Samuel Crowl, Ohio University
Eva McManus, Ohio Northern University
Robert Pierce, Oberlin University
Kezia Sproat, Highland Farm Peace Education

3:00-4:15pm

Friederich Theatre
Race and Nation in Early Modern Literature: Pedagogy, Performance and Phenomenology

Moderator: Timothy Francisco, Youngstown State University
Mira Assaf Kafantaris, The Ohio State University “Shakespeare, Race in America, and the First Year Writing Classroom”
Kirsten Mendoza, University of Dayton “Mapping Race through the Conscription of Volition in Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage”
Carol Mejia LaPerle, Wright State University “The Inculcation of Wills and the Regulation of Desire
in The Tempest”
Choir Room
American Shakespeare Center Workshop

Cue Scripts in Early Modern Theater

4:30-5:45pm

Friederich Theatre
Shakespeare and 21st Century America

Moderator: Jennifer Forsyth, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Chuck Conaway, Southern Indiana University “One Nation Under Shakespeare: Devilry and Divinity in Modern American Politics”
Fayaz Kabani, Allen University “’Conjur[ing] up the Blood’: Masculinity, Race, and Nation
in Henry V”
Amy Scott-Douglass, Marymount University “Lady Macbeth in the Age of Trump: The Woman President in the House of Cards and Madam Secretary”
Studio Theatre
Representations of National and Racial Identity

Moderator: Eva McManus, Ohio Northern University
Eric Brinkman, The Ohio State University “’Far more fair than black’: Antiblackness and Othello in Performance”
Kathryn Croft, Wright State University “Moors in Shakespeare and Dekker”
David Stone, The University of Toledo “The Figurehead of Shakespeare”
Choir Room
American Shakespeare Center Workshop

Textual Variants in Shakespeare’s Plays

Friday Evening
8:00pm

Opening night of Bye Bye Birdie at the Peoples Bank Theater (tickets for sale at box office)

Saturday, June 29
8:00-8:50am

Green Room (at the end of the hall, near the studio theatre)
Executive Board meeting

9:00-10:15am

Friederich Theatre
Group-Specific Adaptations of Shakespeare

Moderator: Russ Bodi, Owens College
David George, Urbana University “Romeo and Juliet: from London Stage to International Fame”
Emily B. Heugatter, The University of Central Oklahoma “’A Twice-Told Tale:’ Romeo and Juliet for the Mid-Ohio Valley, Yesterday and Today”
Charles Schmied, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania “Citizenry in Kozintsev’s Adaptations of Shakespeare”
Studio Theatre
Shakespeare, Science, and the Law

Moderator: Amy Scott-Douglass, Marymount University
Tamara Kelley-Jones, Middle Tennessee State University “King Lear: A Lesson in Estate Planning”
Dan Mills, “Physiognomy and Disability in Literary and Artistic Depictions of Richard III”
Mickey Wadia, Austin Peay State University “Bad to the Bone: Archeology, Science, and Technology in the Identification, Resurrection, and Redemption of Richard III”
Choir Room
American Shakespeare Center Workshop

Shakespeare’s Verse

10:30am-11:45pm

The Auditorium in McDonough Hall
Plenary Speaker Ruben Espinosa, University of Texas-El Paso

“This Shakespeare, that America.”

12:00-1:15pm

The Great Room (Andrews Hall)
Annual Luncheon

1:30-2:45pm

Friederich Theatre
Roundtable: Teaching and Learning from Language Arts Teachers of Shakespeare

Moderator: Niamh O’Leary, Xavier University
Carol Mejia LaPerle, Wright State University
Hillary Nunn, The University of Akron
Emilee Wickline, Xenia School District
Ainsley Camp, Southern Hills Career & Technical Center
Studio Theatre
Political Philosophy, Commercial Art, and Mass Incarceration
Moderator: Byron Nelson, West Virginia University
Elizabeth Burow-Flak, Valparaiso University “The Penitentiary and Caliban’s Unspoken Narrative in Atwood’s Hag-Seed and Rogerson’s Shakespeare Behind Bars”
Erich Freiberger, Jacksonville University “On Cicero and Hunting in Hamlet”
William Grim, Strayer University “Shakespeare’s Influence on the World of Philately”
Choir Room
American Shakespeare Center Workshop

Shakespeare’s Rhetoric

3:00-4:15pm

Friederich Theatre
Staged Nobility

Moderator: Susan Oldrieve, Baldwin Wallace University
Jennifer Forsyth, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania “Not Quite Supernumerary: Numbered Lords, Gents, and Servants in Early Modern Drama”
Gabriel Lonsberry, Purdue University “’Our virtues lie in th’interpretation of the time’: Coriolanus on the Contested Stage”
Gabriel A Rieger, Concord University “The Iron Queen and the Paper Crown: Imperial Anxiety in
the Minor Tetralogy”
Studio Theatre
Representations of Religious Groups and Identity

Moderator: Claire Crane, Marietta College
Kimberly Bressler, Indiana University of Pennsylvania “’A culture that is fixated upon memory’: An Analysis of the Jewish Culture in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice”
Jeanette E Goddard, Trine University “Group Identity, Capital, and Comedic Closure in The Merchant of Venice”
Mary Jo Kietzman, University of Michigan–Flint “Shakespeare’s Religion without Religion: Covenant
as Dramatic Encounter”
Choir Room
American Shakespeare Center Workshop

Cue Scripts in Early Modern Theater

4:30-5:45pm

Friederich Theatre
Undergraduate Seminar

Facilitator: Gabriel Rieger, Concord University
Elinor Berger, Bryn Mawr College “Dance of the Wild Faeries: an Analysis of Group Dynamics and Politics within Shakespeare’s Faerie Realm and the Impact of its Existence on the Human Characters of Shakespeare, as well as Elizabethan Society”
Michaela Conelly, Concord University “The Cycle of Violence in Titus Andronicus”
Ashley Eberst, The Ohio State University-Newark “Modern Perceptions of Women through the Lens of Shakespearean Female Character Utilization”
Jenaya Hughes, Wright State University “William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus: Toxic Masculinity and Roots in Motherhood
Conner Moore, The Ohio State University, “King Lear and the Unreality of Countries”
Location to be Announced (will be listed on printed program)
Demonstration of The Shakespeare Player

Becky Palmer-Scott , Aspiring Games Foundation
Kim Mathiot, Michigan Department of Education
Choir Room
American Shakespeare Center Workshop

Textual Variants in Shakespeare’s Plays

Saturday Evening

Romeo and Juliet at Muskingum Park (free admission)

Sunday, June 30
9:00-10:15am

Friederich Theatre
Global Shakespeare
Moderator: Joseph Sullivan, Marietta College
Byron Nelson, West Virginia University “’Speak What Terrible Language You Will’: Linguistic Incomprehension in Shakespeare and Dekker”
Kelly Perriello, Old Dominion University “Textual Haunting in Othello”
Emily Yates, Michigan State University, “’Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while’: Estrangement, Travel, and Family in Shakespeare’s Pericles on Page and Stage”
Studio Theatre
Romeo and Juliet Roundtable
Andy Felt, Artistic Diretor, Marietta College
Emily Heugatter, Director, Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet cast and crew TBA

10:30am-11:45pm

The Auditorium in McDonough Hall
Announcement of Smith Prize Winners
Special Session Speaker Vanessa Corredera, Andrews University

“Reflecting the Colorblind Nation on the Postracial Stage: Hip Hop, Comedy, and Cultural Appropriation in Othello: The Remix.”

8:30pm

Romeo and Juliet at Muskingum Park (free admission)

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The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference thanks Provost Janet Bland and Marietta College’s Office of Academic Affairs for their generous sponsorship of this year’s conference.

The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference Executive Board
Russell J. Bodi, Owens College
Jim Casey, Arcadia University
Timothy Francisco, Youngstown State University
Stephannie S. Gearhart, Bowling Green State University
David George, Urbana University
Carol Mejia LaPerle, Wright State University
Sandra Logan, Michigan State University
Eva McManus, Ohio Northern University
Hillary Nunn, University of Akron
Niamh O’Leary, Xavier University
Susan Oldrieve, Baldwin Wallace University
Joseph Sullivan, Marietta College
Jane Wells, Muskingum University

The 2019 Local Organizing Committee
Andy Felt, Marietta College
David Makuch, Marietta College
Alyssa Prince, Marietta College
Joseph Sullivan, Marietta College
Amy Warren, Marietta City Schools

Announcing the 44th Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
“Transformative Shakespeare”
Owens College, Toledo, OH
October 15-17, 2020

Plenary Speaker: Julia Reinhard Lupton, professor of English at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author or co-author of five books on Shakespeare, including Shakespeare Dwelling: Designs for the Theater of Life (2018) and Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life (2011). She is a former Guggenheim Fellow and a former Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America. Her current project is on Shakespeare and virtue. Topic: “Infinite Virtue: Shakespeare and Capacity”

Emerging Scholar Speaker: Jeffrey R. Wilson, Harvard University.

Renaissance Menu Director: Hillary Nunn, professor at University of Akron will design a festive Shakespearean menu in collaboration with the Owens College Culinary Arts Program.
Theatrical Representations to be announced. Featuring Owens College’s new conference facility, dining hall, and theater.
The OVSC welcomes abstracts for papers, panels, workshops and roundtables that focus on the transformative qualities of Shakespeare’s plays and representations thereof, including but not limited to transformations of characters and play elements, translations of plays, culturally based interpretations, and transformation of performers, audiences and staging. The conference will also explore ways Shakespeare’s works reflect changing values and interests.
The conference is open to graduate students for regular sessions and to undergraduate students for roundtable seminars. Both graduate students and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit papers for the M. Rick Smith Memorial Prize competition.
Information: Russell_Bodi@owens.edu