Arts & Letters

Uncovering Shakespeare: An Update

Unprecedented three-hour satellite videoconference on the Shakespeare Authorship issue, featuring world-renowned journalists, actors, authors and Shakespeare scholars, first aired in 1996 to a live audience around the United States. The first of its kind, the conference has been edited to a 180-minute length with additional material not seen in the original broadcast, and is available on VHS in NTSC video standard.

Featured in the cast is host and moderator, the late William F. Buckley, Jr., with the following taped interviews:

The panel convenes
The panel convenes for Uncovering Shakespeare: Felicia Londré,
Warren Hope, Rebecca Flynn,
William F. Buckley, Jr. and Tom Bethell

- David Bevington, Prof. English, University of Chicago
- Charles Champlin, critic and Editor Emeritus, L.A. Times
- John Savage, author and lecturer on the Shakespeare Controversy
- Deborah Bacon, author and lecturer on the Shakespeare Authorship Question (descendant of Delia Bacon, who first challenged Stratfordian orthodoxy in the 1850's)
- Ambassador Paul Nitze
- Father Francis Edwards, SJ. noted British author and historian in Elizabethan politics
- Don Richardson, Chair, Music Department, University of Santa Monica, CA

And with a live panel taped in studio

Buckley and Mucci
Mr. Buckley and John Mucci before the start of the program

- Charles Vere, Earl of Burford speaking on the basic outline of the Oxfordian theory including the problem of hyphenation of the name Shake-Spear
- Gary Taylor, Prof. Brandeis University, discussing reasons for hyphenation as a typographical problem, and the problem with Authorship Question in general
- Rebecca Flynn, Head of Education at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-on-Avon (10 mins)
- Tom Bethell, co-author of The Atlantic article "Searching for Shakespeare"
- Warren Hope, poet, author of The Shakespeare Controversy, and lecturer.
- Felicia Hardison Londré, Curators' Professor of Theatre, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Buckley, Hope, and Flynn
Warren Hope, Rebecca Flynn
and host William F. Buckley, Jr.

Featuring live questions from the field: (Universities Purdue, Duke, Leslie, and Harvard.)

Plus readings of Sonnets 76, 110, 111 by:
- Earle Hyman, noted Shakespearean actor
- Charles Boyle, Boston-based director and actor in Shakespeare.

Videotape: Oxford's Bible Marginalia

A major discovery from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Features:
Roger Stritmatter, Ph.D candidate from Boston College at Amherst, and shots of the bible with the various underlinings and marginalia which relate to Shakespeare's plays

Buckley and Bethell
Host and Moderator William F. Buckley, Jr. and Atlantic Monthly contributor, Tom Bethell

An edited transcript of the program can be viewed here.
If you would like to purchase a copy of this 3-hour conference, please contact me by .

A 40-minute audio cassette contains some of the readings and the music used throughout the program, which includes:

* Earl of Oxford's March - William Byrd
* Carman's Whistle - William Byrd
* Wolsey's Wild - William Byrd
Shakespeare's Sonnet 76 read by Earle Hyman
* Madrigal: Non Più Guerra Pietata - Claudio Monteverdi
* Caro Dolce Ben Mio - Andrea Gabrielli
* FitzWilliam Book Medley - William Byrd
* Shakespeare's Sonnet 136 read by Earle Hyman
Epilogues: a) Theatre as Dream comment by David Bevington
b) Puck's farewell read by Hal Scott
* The Earl of Oxford's March, reprised

* featuring the Westchester Brass Quintet, John Mucci, harpsichord.

Copyright © 1996, 1997, 2009 John Mucci.