Yale's Mark Schenker Leads Discussion of Two Gentlemen of Verona
Mark Schenker of Yale University will lead a discussion of Two Gentlemen of Verona both as an individual play and with respect to its place in the Shakespeare canon. This event takes place at the New Canaan Library on Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. One of Shakespeare's earliest works and—in the view of some critics—his first comedy, Two Gentlemen presents a world in which the values of love and those of friendship appear to be at odds. As it moves towards resolution and reconciliation, it employs elements of plot and character that we will see in the more mature plays, including Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night. Copies of Two Gentlemen of Verona will be available for participants' use during the lecture. It is not necessary to read the play in advance. Mark J. Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990 and is currently a senior associate dean of the College and dean of academic affairs. Born and raised in New York City, he received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia, New York University, and Trinity College. Dean Schenker has led book discussion series in public libraries and other venues in Connecticut for over 25 years and was the recipient of the 2001 Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council. Two Gentlemen of Verona has been chosen as the 2014 production for Shakespeare on the Sound at Rowayton's Pinkney Park. The play will run from June 12 through June 29, although not on Mondays. This is Dean Schenker's tenth year lecturing on the productions put up by Shakespeare on the Sound.