The Associates of the Boston Public Library is pleased to invite you to Cry Against Players: Pilgrims, Puritans, and Shakespeare's Wicked Stage.
The Puritans’ and Pilgrims’ hatred of stage plays is a commonplace; however, there were in fact direct connections between Shakespeare and the Plymouth colonists. One Mayflower passenger was part of the 1609 Bermuda shipwreck that inspired The Tempest and another knew Sir Francis Walsingham and Lord Burleigh, two courtiers often suggested as models for Hamlet’s Polonius. Plimoth Plantation’s Richard Pickering discusses these connections and also explores the colonists’ impassioned feelings regarding London play-going by transforming himself into the adventurous Stephen Hopkins 1644 and the virtuous Elder William Brewster.
Richard Pickering is the Deputy Executive Director at Plimoth Plantation, the living museum of seventeenth-century Plymouth and the Wampanoag Homeland. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Connecticut. Pickering oversees the museum’s ongoing research as well as educational and theatrical programs. He has spoken at the United Nations and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and has appeared on PBS NewsHour, the History Channel, and Talk of the Nation.
Presented as part of All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
This is a free members' event. Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis on the night of the event, but please RSVPs so that we can plan accordingly. Please contact the Associates' office with any questions via email@example.com or (617) 536-3886.