2012 – Program

Thursday, October 18th

Throughout the conference: Check-in (Hermann Fine Arts Center Lobby)

2:30pm – 3:45pm

Paper Panel – Friederich Theatre – Chair: Gabriel Rieger, Concord University

  • Larry L. Burriss, Middle Tennessee State University, “The Bard at the Bar: William Shakespeare and the U.S. Supreme Court.”
  • Tom Derrick, Indiana State University, “Edwin Abbott, Shakespeare’s Grammarian: ‘Always resolute in most extremes.’”
  • Cynthia Bosley Smith, Owens College, “Country Matters and the Bawdy Bard: A Poetry Reading of Her Own Work by Iowa Writers’ Workshop Veteran.”
  • 4:00pm – 5:15pm
  • Paper Panel – Friederich Theatre – Chair: Russ Bodi, Owens College
  • Byron Nelson, West Virginia University, “Helena and Marina and the ‘Rarest Argument of Wonder’: All’s Well That Ends Well and Peicles and the Romance Genre.”
  • Joy Ellen Parker, Owens College, “Teaching the Tragicomic Romances: Extremely Shakespearean or Extremely UnShakespearean?”

Paper Panel – HFAC 101 Studio Theatre – Chair: Beverly Hogue, Marietta College

  • Emily Kennedy, Marietta College, “The Power of Conformity: Katherine’s Final Obedience Speech as Cunning Ironic Performance.”
  • Michelle LaRue, Marietta College, “Identity Formation in Shakespeare’s Comedies.”


The Baltimore Consort – Alma McDonough Auditorium, McDonough Hall

  • Doors will open at 7:00pm. This event is open to the public.


Coriolanus – Friederich Theatre, Hermann Fine Arts Center

Friday, October 19th

9:00am – 10:15am

Roundtable Discussion – Friederich Theatre – Moderator: Kendra Preston Leonard

  • Kevin Rich, Illinois Shakespeare Festival & Illinois State University, “Inclusivity and the Spirit of Shakespeare.”
  • Kevin P. Kern, University of Mount Union, “Teaching Shakespeare in the Extremes—Primary Grades and State Penitentiaries.
  • Aml Mahmoud, University of Zakho, “Othello: Delineating Identity through Two Postcolonial Concepts.”

Paper Panel – HFAC 308 – Chair: Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Olivet College

  • Alyssa McGrath, Marietta College, “Shakespeare’s Presentation of Ethnic Minorities.”
  • David Genualdi, University of Nebraska at Omaha, “Benjamin’s Theory of “Aura” and Titus Andronicus.”

Paper Panel – HFAC 101 Studio Theatre – Chair: Veena Kasbekar, Ohio University-Chillicothe

  • Rex Anthony Trogdon, Northern Kentucky University, “Macbeth and the Values of Masculinity.”
  • Aaron Hubbard, University of Akron, “When Words Defile Things: Extreme Depictions of Hegemonic Masculinity in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and the Combat Sport of Mixed Martial Arts.”
  • Derek Frasure, Marshall University, “Signifying Nothing: The Masquerade of Masculinity in Macbeth.”

10:30am – 11:45am

Roundtable Discussion: Coriolanus – HFAC 101 Studio Theatre – Moderator: Ed Taft, Marshall University

  • David George, Urbana University
  • Niamh O’Leary, Xavier University
  • Russ Bodi, Owens College

Paper Panel – Friederich Theatre – Chair: Carolyn Hares-Stryker, Marietta College

  • Amy Drake, “Macbeth: Eighteenth Century Adaptation for a New Audience.”
  • Lindsey Snyder, Gallaudet University, “’Fellows of Infinite Jest:’ A Commedia dell’Arte Hamlet .”
  • James Wells, Muskingum University, “Unrehearsed Shakespeare’s Race to the Sides.”
  • Liz Kinsley, Northwestern University, “This Island’s Mine: Anglo-American Reception of Ethnic Shakespeare in Manhattan, 1890-1910.” 

Paper Panel – HFAC 308 – Chair: Jason Cohen, Berea College

  • David Peterson, University of Pittsburgh, “Finding an “Extremely” Shakespearean performance mode through Mark Rylance’s Clown Prince of Denmark”
  • Jessica Cheng, University of Pittsburgh, “Messengers, Servants, and the Socially Inferior: Their Importance in Shakespeare.
  • Cordelia Zukerman, University of Michigan, “Shakespeare the Chameleon: Elite and Popular Culture in Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

Lunch on your own.

1:30pm – 2:45pm

Paper Panel – Friederich Theatre – Chair: Rachel Zlatkin, University of Cincinnati

  • Hsiang-chun Chu, National Changhua University of Education, “The Politics of Boundary-crossing: De- and Re-Territorialization in Chimes at Midnight.”
  • James Lewin, Shepherd University, “Playing with Apocalypse.”
  • Lars Engle, University of Tulsa, “Henry VI and the Shakespearean Supernatural.”

Paper Panel – HFAC 101 Studio Theatre – Chair: Nicole Livengood, Marietta College

  • Brett Murphy, University of Massachusetts—Boston, “Sulphurous and Tormenting Flames: An Analysis of How to Understand The Ghost in Hamlet.”
  • Karley K. Adney, ITT Technical Institute, “The Design of Ophelia’s Death: Extreme Awareness or Extreme Error?”
  • Richard Dutton, Ohio State University, “Hamlet and the Extremes of Succession.”

Paper Panel – HFAC 308 – Chair: David George, Urbana University

  • Kendra Preston Leonard, “Onstage Soundscapes: Live Music in Modern Shakespearean Productions”
  • Jim Casey, High Point University, “Speak the Speech: Quintessential Shakespeare.”
  • Eva McManus, Ohio Northern University, “You would pluck out the heart of my mystery”: Using RSC’s Pan-African Julius Caesar and ASC’s Twelfth Night to Define Essential Qualities of Shakespeare’s Drama

3:00pm – 4:15pm

Paper Panel – Friederich Theatre – Chair: Timothy Francisco, Youngstown State University

  • Maria Teresa Micaela Prendergast, The College of Wooster, “Representing the Unrepresentable: Catherine of Aragon’s Virginity, the Divorce Trial and Shakespeare’s Henry VIII”
  • Shannon Cummings, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, “Hamlet’s Lover, Mother or Monster?: Representations of Gertrude in Kenneth Branagh’s 1996 Hamlet, Franco Zeffirelli’s 1990 Hamlet, and Laurence Olivier’ 1948 Hamlet.”
  • Lisa S. Starks-Estes, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, “Bleeding Martyrs: The Body of the Tyrant/Saint, the Limits of ‘Constancy,’ and the Extremity of Passions in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.”

Paper Panel – HFAC 101 Studio Theatre – Chair: Byron Nelson, West Virginia University

  • Maryam Zomorodian, University of Notre Dame, “’Is not the truth the truth?’: Representing the Past in Shakespeare’s Second Tetralogy.”
  • William R. Jones, Murray State University, “Satire’s Intentional Imperative and Shakespeare’s Extremists.”
  • Hillary Nunn, University of Akron, “Students Reading Suicide in Julius Caesar: Past and Present.”

4:30pm – 5:45pm

Plenary Address, sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs – Alma McDonough Auditorium, McDonough Hall –  Moderator: Janet L. Bland

  • Ralph Alan Cohen, Mary Baldwin College and the American Shakespeare Center, “Marked ye his words?”: Listenership and Leadership in Shakespeare.”
  • Welcoming Remarks: Gama Perruci, Interim Provost of Marietta College
  • Announcements concerning Selected Papers: Hillary Nunn, University of Akron
  • Introduction for Ralph Alan Cohen: Sandra Logan, Michigan State University 


Hamlet – Moderator: Andy Felt, Marietta College

  • Keith Foster, Marietta College
  • Dennis Lee Delaney, Ohio University
  • Luke Eddy, Centenary College of Louisiana
  • Lisa Grande

Hamlet will be a site-specific production staged both outdoors and indoors on campus.  The outdoor location will be the area between Andrews Hall and Irvine Administration Building off of the red brick Mall (used for most of Shakespeare’s Acts 1-3 and 5) while the indoor location will be the Andrews Hall Great Room (for most of Shakespeare’s Act 4)

  • Anticipated run time of 3+ hours with two intermissions
  • Post-performance Panel Discussion (Location TBA – most likely outdoor/indoor production space depending on weather.

Saturday, October 20th

8:30am – 9:45am

Paper Panel – Friederich Theatre – Chair: Elinor Hellis, Whatcom Community College

  • Zackariah Long, Ohio Wesleyan University, “How to Do the History of Early Modern Trauma.”
  • Christopher Clay, Concord University, “Rome’s but a wilderness of tigers”: Monarchy, (Contra) Machiavelli and Moderation in Titus Andronicus.”
  • Gabriel A. Rieger, Concord University, “Crawling between earth and Heaven”: Hamlet and Self-Fashioning at the Extremes.”

Paper Panel – HFAC 101 Studio Theatre – Chair: Maryam Zomorodian, University of Notre Dame

  • Rachael Ryerson, Ohio University, “Shakespeare’s Forgotten Fool: Moth in Love’s Labours Lost.”
  • Bhaskar Lama, EFL University, “Extremity in Depiction of Marginalized characters in Shakespeare’s Three plays.”
  • Russ Bodi, Owens College, “I am not what I am”: The Playwright as Stage Devil.”

Paper Panel – HFAC 308 – Chair: Hillary Nunn, University of Akron

  • Heather Frazier, Concord University, “Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot:” Reciprocity and Domesticity in The Taming of the Shrew.”
  • Brittney Blystone, Northern Kentucky University, “Sycorax as the Absent Other in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest”
  • Kezia Vanmeter Sproat, Highbank Farm Peace Education Center, “This Story Shall the Good Man Teach His Son; Or, Why Shakespeare Became a Feminist.”

10:00am – 11:15am

Plenary Address – Alma McDonough Auditorium, McDonough Hall – Moderator: Eva McManus

  • Lina Perkins Wilder, Connecticut College, “Ophelia’s Collected Works.”
  • Announcement of the Smith Prizes: Hillary Nunn, University of Akron
  • Introduction of Lina Perkins Wilder: Gabriel Rieger, Concord University

11:30am – 12:45pm

Paper Panel – Friederich Theatre – Chair: Karley K Adney, ITT Technical Institute

  • Jessica Tooker, Indiana University, “Extreme Shrew: The Boundaries between Savagery and Civility in The Taming of the Shrew”
  • Haley Fedor, Marshall University, “Under a Lens of Incest: Rethinking Goneril, Reagan, and Cordelia.”
  • Sandra Logan, Michigan State University, “Strange Bedfellows: Conquered Queens as Royal Domestic Partners.”

Paper Panel – HFAC 101 Studio Theatre – Chair: William R. Jones, Murray State University

  • Jason Cohen, Berea College, “Burn’d on the water”: Antony and Cleopatra and the Status of the Enemy on its Free Seas.”
  • Lauren Scarpa, University of Akron, “And make my wars on you”: Domestic Spheres and Dangerous Spaces in Coriolanus.”
  • Chuck Conaway, University of Southern Indiana, “Looking for Shakespeare in Antony and Cleopatra.”

Paper Panel – HFAC 308 – Chair: James Wells, Muskingum University

  • Emily Detmer-Goebel, Northern Kentucky University, “On Bardolatry in a Self-Help World.”
  • Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Olivet College, “Incidental Contact: Understanding Romeo and Juliet through Accidental Encounters in Popular Culture.”

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Annual luncheon – The Great Room, Andrews Hall – Sponsored by the Marietta College Office of Academic Affairs


The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference wishes to thank all of the people and offices that contributed to this year’s meeting. Thanks to:

Gama Perruci, Mark Miller and the Office of Academic Affairs. This year’s conference would not have been possible without Dr. Perruci’s strong support from the very beginning. Dr. Miller was a chief supporter of the 2006 OSC and contributed significantly again this year to the 2012 OVSC. Thanks also to Lois Arnold at the Office of Conference Services for all of her assistance. Thanks to David Makuch, Jeffrey Cordell, Andrew Felt, Dorothy Leifheit, and all of the members of Marietta College’s Theatre program. Thanks to Dan Monek for arranging an Esbenshade Series Concert to coincide with this year’s OVSC. Thanks to Chris Craig and Tom Perry of College Relations. Chris has maintained the OVSC webpage for years and Tom has helped us out a great deal with publicity. Thanks to Christy Hockenberry and the McDonough Leadership Center for use of the Alma McDonough Auditorium. Thanks to Cindy Nutter and the Campus Police Department for assistance with conferee parking. Thanks to Anna Fliehman and Parkhurst Dining for help with breakout refreshments, old timey movie house treats, and our luncheon. Thanks to Ellen Wehrman and Jacob Tidwell and the Office of Student Involvement for help with set-up for the luncheon.

Very special thanks go to Angie Stevens and the Marietta College English Department. Angie has been working on this year’s conference since late last year. Without her assistance, this year’s meeting would not have been possible. Thanks also to Angie’s student workers, Margaret Pike and Jennifer Rohrig. Thanks to Elinor Hellis for her excellent Marietta dining guides and for her help coordinating the Check-In table. Thanks to our official OVSC intern Alyssa McGrath for all she has done for this year’s meeting. Thanks to Janet Bland and Tim Catalano for lending us their driving skills. Thanks to Bev Hogue, Nicole Livengood, Carolyn Hares-Stryker, and Nate Anderson for all of their contributions.

Mary Crotty is the official artist of this year’s meeting and we thank her for her wonderful contributions. Her artwork set the tone early on in the planning process in a particularly helpful way.

Sincere thanks goes to Chair Russ Bodi the remainder of the OVSC Advisory Committee: Sandra Logan, Hillary Nunn, Gabriel Rieger, David George, Richard, Dutton, Timothy Francisco, Samuel Crowl, David Summers, and Edmund Taft.

Thanks also to Selected Papers editors Hillary Nunn, Gabriel Rieger and to the rest of the Editorial Board and staff: Richard Dutton, Lars Engle, Lisa-Starks-Estes, David George, W.L. Godshalk, Eva McManus, Mary Ellen Lamb, Jonathan Kamholtz, Peggy Russo, Robert Pierce, and Marlia Fontaine-Weisse.

Great thanks to Hillary Nunn and her panel of Smith Prize judges.

Last, but in no way least, thanks to all of the scholars who chose to share work this week at the OVSC. We exist for you. We hope to see you again next year.