|YWAA hosted alumni and friends at the Boscobel production, Aug. 18|
|Boscobel before the curtain call|
And thus came to an uproarious end a Sunday of Yale and Shakespeare at Boscobel (in Garrison, NY), featuring a pre-production lecture to Yale Westchester alumni from Biggs, an associate professor of English and Theater Studies. The production from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival was directed by Russell Treyz '65 MFA, himself a graduate of Yale Drama School.
|Prof. Biggs talks to Yale alumni|
Biggs' lectures at Boscobel are a Yale Westchester tradition. He has launched many Shakespeare afternoons with an alumni talk and reception, a pep session to get the audience eager and prepared for Shakespearean nuances and comedy. Once again, the Yale Westchester outing--including lecture, reception, play, picnic on the scenic grounds of Boscobel and stunning, southern views of the Hudson River--was organized by YWAA director and former president Bruce Jennings '71. Yale Westchester hosted alumni and friends earlier this summer for the Hudson Valley group's production of "King Lear."
As for "All's Well," director Treyz said in program notes, "The best way to understand the events of the play is to view it not as realistic, but as a fable of a young woman facing the challenges of the world," describing the character Helena in the play (actress Jessica Frey) and her desperate ploys to woo and win over Bertram (played by Dan Tracy).
|An interlude during the evening|
Dozens of Yale alumni and friends under the sold-out tent applauded the production, too, but couldn't have conjured a better ending than seeing Biggs leap from his seat to celebrate a jaunty happy ending with Diana.
(Photos courtesy of Kaminsky, Williams)
|Boscobel guests enjoy a picnic before the evening's production|
|Yale alumni and friends meet Prof. Biggs after the lecture|
|Jennifer Colville '86 (L) and Susan Kaminsky '86 with Prof. Biggs after the lecture|
|The afternoon affords sensational views of the Hudson River|
|Yale professor Murray Biggs lectures on "All's Well Ends Well"|
|Boscobel patrons during intermission, Aug. 18|
|On the grounds at Boscobel in Garrison, NY|
|Yale alumni and guests (above) enjoy a picnic after the lecture and before the performance|
|YWAA former president Bruce Jennings '71 (above) with Prof. Murray Biggs|