Dear Fellow New York Branch Members,
The spring season has gotten off to a very busy start here at the New York Branch, with some entertaining staged readings organized by Louise Muse and performed by our talented branch members and ARNIC students. Thank you to our members and patrons for being as active as ever, keeping the ESU house a buzzing hub of activity.
The Branch selected four scholars from a pool of 25 applicants (see our newsletter for details) for summer study in the UK, and we extend our warmest congratulations to them. We very much look forward to hearing about their adventures in the UK upon their return! The New York Branch National Shakespeare Competition finals took place at the Morgan Library on March 10. Lee Ann Bael, as the winner of the ESU New York Branch competition, will represent the Branch in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi Newhouse Theater on May 1, competing with 54 winners of other Branch competitions nationwide. Nakia Smalls earned second place, and Maya Jasinska was awarded third place. The standard was exceptionally high this year, so well done to all who participated.
We have an eclectic mix of activities in store to keep us thoroughly entertained throughout the spring season. Some highlights include a lecture by Northern Irish author and historian Gareth Russell in April, as he presents a vivid and illuminating history on the life of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII. The ESU Players are sponsoring al Noel Coward cabaret evening on April 6. We will be hosting John Andrews who will have a conversation with Karin Coonrod, on her historic production of "The Merchant of Venice" staged in the Ghetto in Venice, and the context that gave rise to it. In addition, our Mystery Book Club and British Cinema Nights will continue to entertain throughout March and April, and Louise's popular poetry evening returns on March 30.
-The New York Branch.
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