Author Of Mystery Novel On Shakespeare’s Identity To Speak
July 3, 2003 - Hadley, MA - For over 100 years,
people from Mark Twain to Sigmund Freud to the current artistic director of the Globe, have
doubted that William Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare's plays. Why do they think so -- and who do they
think is the real author? What new kinds of literary detective work are they calling on?
Sarah Smith, Harvard PhD and bestselling mystery novelist will be giving a talk
at 6:30 pm on Friday, July 11, about everyone's favorite Shakespeare villain before the Hampshire
Shakespeare Company's performance of Richard III. Smith recently finished a novel,
Chasing Shakespeares, about two young graduate students who together find a letter from
one W. Shakespeare, saying he didn't write the plays. Smith has found out some fascinating
things about the state of the controversy. Bottom line: there's lots of new information,
the question's much less simple than it appears -- and it's worth taking seriously.
The production of Richard III opens runs Wednesdays through Sundays
until July 13. Curtain is at 7:00 PM, with the pre-show talk beginning at 6:30 PM.
HSC performs at The Hartsbrook School at 193 Bay Road in Hadley, Massachusetts. Tickets
are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $6 for children to age 18.
Handicapped-accessible. For additional information, check the HSC web site:
www.hampshireshakespeare.org or call 413-788-4750. Group discounts are available for
groups of 10 or more. Call 413-587-9398.