OK, a bit off track today.
Yesterday, I went down to LA to check out the exhibit “America’s Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West” at the Los Angeles Public Library, Central Branch…
The exhibit contains a First Folio, artifacts from Shakespeare’s history in America (from playbills from the earliest Shakespeare performances in the States, to an actual recording of Edwin Booth doing Othello–which was great to compare to their recording of Paul Robeson in the same role–to movie memorabilia), as well as West Coast- and California-specific pieces (like coverage of the Max Reinhardt A Midsummer Night’s Dream that began as a staging at the Hollywood Bowl and become a feature-length film).
It’s not a huge exhibit, but a fun one all the same (at least for a Shakespeare nerd like me). Even if you read everything there, I’m not sure you’d spend more than an hour there.
This was originally an exhibit at the Folger Library in Washington, D.C., but as it concerns the west coast, Los Angeles got a chance to host it afterwards. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, it’s worth a visit…it’s free (save for parking), and will run through the end of February.