ESU New York City Branch
Message from the New York Branch
Dear Fellow New York Branch Members,
The dog days of summer have descended over New York; a number of Branch member lifelong learners have returned from their one-week ESU TLab programs in Stratford-upon-Avon and Worcester College at the University of Oxford, our Branch TLab Scholars, Konstantina Tsiokris and Kelly Brady have returned from their study programs at Shakespeare's Globe in London, and, with the fall right around the corner, a new season of programming is in the offing for the ESU New York Branch. On tap are gatherings, open to all, of the Branch Mystery Book Club as well as readings and staged reading of famous plays under the auspices of the ESU Players.
In addition, the Branch is sponsoring or co-sponsoring three fascinating talks, one each in September, October, and November. In September, noted art historian Genista Davidson will deliver a talk on Art Deco in Great Britain. At the end of October, the ESU New York Branch is partnering with the Royal Oak Foundation on a talk by Phil Reed, OBE on Churchill and the Cabinet War Rooms at The General Society Library on West 44th Street. A week later, Peter Gilliver, who is on the faculty of the ESU TLab Program at Oxford's Worcester College, will deliver a talk on The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. Gilliver has been an editor of the OED for some time.
Read Full Message
News And Events
Melbourne Art Deco
Join us for an evening focusing on Art Deco down under. In this illustrated talk, author of the award-winning Melbourne Art Deco, Robin Grow, explores the Art Deco and Modernist treasures in Melbourne, Australia. Though Melbourne––founded in 1834 at the bottom of Australia––was one of the British Empire's great Victorian cities, this talk illustrates how the interwar years fostered a new spirit of modernism. Much like New York, the 1920s and '30s brought Melbourne motor cars, the modern woman, females as consumers, stunning jazz age fashion, vivacious dance and music scenes, and of course cocktails!
Click here to download Flyer and Registration Form
Click here to register online.
Read Full Story
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 6:30 to 10:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union 144 East 39th Street, New York City
Called "the funniest farce ever written," Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theater folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a manic menagerie of itinerant actors as they perform Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. It offers a window on the inner workings of theater behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and – of course – flying sardines!
We will gather for the reception between 6:00 and 6:30 pm and walk over as a group to the
Amateur Comedy Club at 7:15 pm for an 8:00 pm curtain.
$20 for ESU National Patrons; $25 for ESU Members; $35 for Nonmembers
Click here to download the registration form and flyer
Click here to register online
Read Full Story
A Cabaret Evening at the Algonquin
Produced by Elizabeth Sharland
Revert for an evening to the time of the Algonquin Round Table group when martinis flowed like water, the wine was good and the conversation even better.......
Enjoy a three-course dinner (cash bar) followed by a cabaret performance by Steve Ross.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018 at 7:15 P.M.
The Algonquin Hotel, 59 W. 44 St. New York, NY 10036
EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Read Full Story
A Day of Shakespeare PD
– Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 8:15 AM at ESU Headquarters
Shakespeare's Globe Education:
Leadership, Power, and Persuasion
Professional Development with
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 8:15 AM
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016
Join your colleagues for a full day of Shakespeare PD with an expert educator direct from Shakespeare's Globe in London. This PD is limited to 25 teachers only. Participants will learn directly from a Globe Learning consultant, professional actor and Shakespeare expert direct from London. This PD is exclusively available from the English Speaking Union in partnership with Shakespeare's Globe.
Meet the Practitioner: Tom Davey
Tom trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has performed in Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe.
Other theatre credits include, for the RSC: Love's Labours Lost; Hamlet; A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Comedy of Errors; Twelfth Night; Vanity Fair (Middle Temple Hall); The Three Lions (St James Theatre and national tour); Waterbabies (Leicester Curve); The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Playhouse); Outward Bound (Finborough Theatre); Travesties; The Importance of Being Earnest (Birmingham Rep); The Game of Love and Chance (Salisbury Playhouse); The Importance of Being Earnest (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Moliere (Finborough Theatre).
TV and film credits include: Lewis; Silent Witness, The Syndicate Series II; Hamlet (BBC Films); Van Wilder II: Rise of Taj (Tapestry Films) Victoria Cross; A Serpent in Eden, The Ruby in the Smoke; Shakespeare's Happy Endings; Plenty More Fish.
Tom has worked as a practitioner for Globe Education for 9 years, working across all age groups. Tom became a Globe Learning Consultant in 2015.
Read Full Story
Art Deco in Great Britain
Join The English-Speaking Union and ADSNY for an engaging illustrated talk that will take us on a journey around Great Britain. Author, art historian, and journalist, Genista Davidson, will introduce us to Art Deco structures throughout Great Britain, including some of the more obscure and hidden gems along the way such as the illustrious Burgh Island Hotel––in the County of Devon––which had been the stomping ground of Noel Coward and the 'Bright Young Things' during its heyday and the fully restored Midland Hotel in Northern England, which was a former railway hotel built in 1933. This streamlined Moderne hotel features a beautiful stone mural of Odysseus by Eric Gill, a Triton and Neptune ceiling medallion, and sweeping cantilever stairs along with many impressive minimalist architectural elements.
Click here for more information and online registration.
Read Full Story