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Kahn to Claim Bard Award

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Michael Kahn, who serves as both director of the drama division of the Juilliard School and artistic director of the Washington, D.C.-based Shakespeare Theatre, has been named the sixth recipient of the Shakespeare Society Medal, it was announced last week.

The honor, which will be conferred on Mon., Sept. 20, from 6:30-8 pm at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, has previously been bestowed on Harold Bloom, Sir Derek Jacobi, Claire Bloom, Sir Peter Hall, and Christopher Plummer. It represents lifetime excellence and achievement in the world of the Bard.

The award ceremony will come at the end of an event that will also spotlight a selection of scenes from Kahn's current mounting of "Macbeth" at the Shakespeare Theatre. Called "The Macbeths' Murderous Marriage," the program will star the central actors in the production -- Kelly McGillis and Patrick Page -- and will be followed by a short discussion led by Kahn regarding the process of creating a Shakespeare performance from the point of view of collaboration between actor and director.

According to a Shakespeare Society press release, the event will also have such performers as Christine Baranski, Avery Brooks, Harvey Keitel, and Richard Thomas on hand.

Formed in 1997, the Shakespeare Society consists of people both in and out of the industry who share a passion for all forms of "Bardolatry." The group currently boasts over 600 members and presents a variety of public performances during the regular theatre season, including stage work, film screenings, and panel discussions.

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College is located on East 68th Street between Park and Lexington aves.

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