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Terrell Tribune, January 21st, 2010
By Tricia Scruggs

"Tickets on sale for Friends of Library dinner

Friends of the Library invites the public to its annual meeting and dinner on Jan 28, featuring a program on “Shakespeare’s Intriguing Women.”

In full costume, Robert Clover-Brown will present a one-man show, adding insights into the life and work of Shakespeare during the reigns of Elizabeth1 and James1.

“We are always try to do something that’s literary-based and library friendly and certainly Shakespeare was,” said John Trischitti, assistant director of the Riter C. Hulsey Public Library.

He said Clover-Brown has been on a short-list of prospective speakers since he first saw the England native as a local performer’s showcase.

“I had always wanted to have him come,” Trischitti said. “And, he’s not standing there and just reading Shakespeare. It’s not like that. He really brings it to life and it’s fun.”

That’s precisely the kind of feedback that fills news articles and reviews about Clover-Brown, from audiences of teenage library patrons to company presidents and members of civic groups.

Next week’s performance will feature the women in Shakespeare’s life, including Queen Elizabeth 1, immediate family members and characters he wrote about.

“I think it’s very intriguing that Shakespeare was the first writer in the English language to write deeply thought out female characters of all different varieties, young and old, fierce, funny, loyal, dangerous…,” Clover-Brown said. “If you know your Shakespeare then you know the kind of ladies I’m talking about. Viola, Lady Macbeth…the list is amazingly diverse.”

He said it’s interesting how the author wrote and thought about what women were like in age when all the female characters were portrayed in theater by men and boys.”

According to his Web site, Clover-Brown is a Texas Commission on the Arts touring artist who earned a Master of Arts degree in History from Cambridge University and completed a fellowship at the Institute Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

“I’m not presenting his plays, I’m not spouting lots of Shakespeare,” he said. “I am talking about my life and my work as Shakespeare in all of my presentations in different forms depending on the title. The essence of the whole thing is I aim to bring the man behind the words to life for multi-generational audiences…I hope they will gain, from all my presentations, insight into the man and therefore have more interest and enthusiasm about his work.”

Tickets for the annual friends meeting and dinner are $20 and available at the library. The evening kicks off with a meet and greet reception at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the American National Bank, followed by the meeting and dinner at 6.30 p.m. Tickets are also available at the door, but you must have a reservation. For more information, call 972-551-6663."

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