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work that's done with those resources extends beyond traditional
interpretation. In Shakespeare Jungle Fever (Stanford University
Press, 2000), English Professor Arthur L. Little Jr., for example,
looks at the intersection of race, sex and imperialism in Elizabethan
England through readings of Othello, Antony and Cleopatra
and Titus Andronicus.
there are others at UCLA who have found ways to incorporate Shakespeare
into their lives. Like art historian David Kunzle who, after finishing
a particularly grueling piece of scholarship in his own field, decided
he "needed a change" and, at age 61, auditioned for a
Shakespeare play. He was cast, and four years later has become a
go-to guy for local Shakespeare companies looking for a particularly
regal king or duke or royal adviser.
Liisa Spink '03. A double major in English and genetics, she went
on the Stratford-upon-Avon tour last year with Braunmuller and Post
and was so inspired that on the plane home she and a friend starting
writing ideas down on the air-sickness bags for their own production
of Much Ado About Nothing. Back in Westwood, she founded
Shakespeare UCLA, a student group supported by ASUCLA and the Center
for Student Programming. Her version of the play — set on
the UCLA campus with Hero played as a Bruin cheerleader and Benedick
and Claudio as Bruin football stars — ran for three nights
before sold-out audiences. The villains, she says with a laugh,
were USC players.
Spink has graduated, Shakespeare UCLA will live on, side by side
with Shakespeare Reading and Performance, the Shakespeare Offshoot
Film Festival and all the other Shakespeare groups, classes and
events on campus.
true what they say: Where there's a Will, there's a way.
Sturak is a freelance writer and associate editor of
the Santa Monica Mirror.