Library Event: “Peter Brook: Re-Imagining Shakespeare” by Suzanne Delle (Nov. 9)

Suzanne Delle, assistant professor of theatre arts and artistic director of the Casino Theatre, will present “Peter Brook: Re-Imagining Shakespeare with student performances” on Tuesday, November 9, at 4-5:00 PM in McKillop Library. A reception will follow the presentation.

The subject of her presentation, Peter Brook, is world famous for his pioneering work as an innovative and unconventional theatrical director in a spectacular career that encompassed more than half of the 20th century. It is Peter Brook’s seminal 1970 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that looms over Salve’s December production. Brook extorted theater artists to understand that all that is needed to make compelling theater is just the actor and the audience. Everything else is extraneous. Brook understood that a modern audience needs a modern retelling to engage fully with all of our senses. In our modern world the movies do naturalism in ways that the theater cannot afford to anymore; therefore,  it is time to re-imagine theatricality and who better to do that with than Shakespeare?  As part of this program, students will perform some scenes from Salve’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Suzanne Delle.


In her faculty role, Delle is responsible for teaching courses, planning student productions, and maintaining the growth of theater and dance programs; in her work as artistic director of the Casino Theatre, she is responsible for serving as liason to the Newport theater community and for promoting community involvement with both the university and Casino Theatre Programs.

In conjunction with this event, a Casino Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream exhibit will be on display in the library foyer.