Amy R. Cohen, a Randolph classics professor and the Catherine Ehrman Thoresen ’23 and William E. Thoresen Chair of Speech and Theatre, recently co-edited the book, Shakespeare in the Light: Essays in Honor of Ralph Alan Cohen.
Professor Cohen collaborated on the book project with Paul Menzer, dean of Mary Baldwin University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The book brings together essays by an international collection of scholars, teachers, and theatre-makers who each take a moment of theatre under the direction of Ralph Alan Cohen, co-founder and director of mission for the American Shakespeare Center, and use it to reflect on some aspect of their continuing work.
Professor Cohen not only edited the book, but also contributed an essay to the collection called “Dionysus at Play with Antony and Cleopatra.” Her essay discusses the ways in which Shakespeare performance studies have guided her work on ancient plays (including Randolph’s Greek Play) and how the work of both Cohens continues to influence—directly and indirectly—our understanding of ancient drama. Professor Cohen and Menzer, along with many of the contributors, presented the book at the 10th Biennial Blackfriars Conference on October 25.
The book is available for purchase here.