Scholars and actors from all over the world are invading downtown Staunton this week. The American Shakespeare Center is hosting hundreds of guests to delve into the works of their beloved playwright.
The conference features reenactments, networking and roundtable discussions to return to the roots of Shakespeare's writings in the original format.
"We lost sight of some of the things that Shakespeare was thinking about when he wrote the plays, and by revisiting those in our Blackfriars Playhouse, a reconstruction of his indoor theater, we get to see what he may have been thinking," said Sarah Enloe, director of education at ASC.
This year there's a comical twist, to keep things lighthearted, this year presenters who spill over their allotted time will be chased off stage by a person in a bear costume.
"Anyone who goes over their allotted time, a bear will come out and take their paper from them and they will have to exit therewith. So it's a full little addition that keeps our conference lighthearted while we're investigating all the stuff about Shakespeare that is being explored right now,” Enloe stated.
That theme called "exit, pursue by a bear" is inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter's Tale.’
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