Date: April 19, 2012
Creator: Hill, Brian Alan & Harris, Andrew B. (Andrew Bennett), 1944-
Description: This presentation discusses a research project and performance. Abstract: A. L. Rowse, son of an illiterate Cornish clay miner, rose to the heights of academia becoming a Fellow at All Souls College Oxford. A published poet, he became an Elizabeth historian, yet irresistibly he was drawn to Shakespeare. As a historian, he boldly proclaimed new discoveries. Expecting accolades, he was hurt when these were dismissed and derided. 'The Lady Revealed' portrays Rowse after receiving an invitation to a fancy dress dinner party to celebrate the Dark Lady. Under Dr. Harris' direction, the author has been reading Rowse and Shakespeare's sonnets. Rowse contended that the sonnets were autobiographical. The authors' selection of material backs up Rowse's claim. The authors arrived at a dramatic structure comparatively, recasting Rowse in the role of Faust. Although the play is still incomplete, a task to be completed before UNT performances (April 2013), the authors have selections available for presentation which outline the completed play.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College