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Dr. Stephen Orgel opens First Folio events April 14 and 15

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library


The community is invited to two events celebrating the arrival of Shakespeare’s First Folio to USC’s Hollings Library, at which special guest Dr. Stephen Orgel, renowned Shakespeare scholar from Stanford University, will speak.

On Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m., Orgel (shown at right) will speak at the grand opening of Much Ado About Shakespeare, featuring the First Folio! the book that gave us Shakespeare exhibit, which is on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

On Friday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m., Orgel will provide an introduction to Robert Richmond's production of The Tempest.

Both events will take place in the Hollings Library, which is entered through the Thomas Cooper Library, on the University of South Carolina campus.

Orgel is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. He has published widely on the political and historical aspects of Renaissance literature, theater, and art history. His most recent books are The Reader in the Book (Oxford, 2015), Spectacular Performances (Manchester/ Palgrave, 2011), Imagining Shakespeare (Palgrave, 2003), The Authentic Shakespeare (Routledge, 2002) and Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare’s England (Cambridge, 1996).

Join us!

-- Thursday, April 14, 5:30 p.m., Grand Opening Event, with special guest Dr. Stephen Orgel, Hollings Library

-- Friday, April 15, 6:30 p.m., An Introduction to The Tempest, Hollings Library

He has edited Ben Jonson's masques, Christopher Marlowe's poems and translations, the Oxford Authors John Milton, The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale in The Oxford Shakespeare, Macbeth, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, Pericles and the Sonnets in the Pelican Shakespeare, and several novels by Anthony Trollope and Edith Wharton in the Oxford World’s Classics. He is the general editor of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture, and of the Pelican Shakespeare.

Orgel has taught at Harvard, Berkeley and Johns Hopkins universities, and has been awarded NEH Fellowships twice, ACLS Fellowships twice, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has been a Getty Fellow, a visiting fellow at New College, Oxford University, and the Clark Lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a former Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America.

The Much Ado About Shakespeare grand opening event will feature period music by the USC Student and Faculty Recorder Ensemble, and a reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP online, call 803-777-8240, or email

When Orgel speaks Friday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m., he will offer introductory remarks on USC faculty member Robert Richmond’s production of The Tempest.

Richmond (shown at right) is USC Department of Theatre and Dance Associate Department Chair, Co-Artistic director, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Performance, He is also an Associate Artist at Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. 

Richmond’s production of The Tempest takes place April 12 – 23 at USC’s Drayton Hall Theatre. Details about tickets and show times are here. Richmond is also offering The Gravedigger's Tale, an interactive retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which he conceived and directed, April 21 – 23 at Longstreet Theatre. Admission is free. Details of those performances are here.

Orgel’s engagements are sponsored by the SC Humanities Council, University of South Carolina Libraries, the USC Department of English, and the South Carolina Honors College.

Shakespeare’s First Folio will be on exhibit in the Hollings Library April 14 – 30, 2016. Learn about all the events -- community- and campus-wide -- celebrating the arrival of Shakespeare's First Folio.

For more information, call 803-777-8240.