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RSC to Bring Lost Shakespeare to Michigan

The University of Michigan will collaborate with the Royal Shakespeare Company to develop three new plays—including a so-called “lost” play believed to be authored by William Shakespeare and a collaborator, John Fletcher. The school announced Feb. 26 that it will host the English theater company March 20–31. The trip will be the RSC"s fourth to Ann Arbor, Mich., and its first devoted solely to play development.

“The Royal Shakespeare Company will collaborate with University of Michigan literary and historical scholars while drawing upon the university"s many theatrical resources,”  university president Mary Sue Coleman said in a statement. “This project illustrates how universities can play a vital role in the artistic process.”

In addition to the Shakespeare piece, “Cardenio,” the assembled artists will work together to develop new plays by Helen Edmundson and RSC associate David Edgar. The collaboration will bring together 16 British and American actors with a nine-member creative team, including three playwrights, a director, and a dramaturg, to fine-tune the scripts.

The assembled artists will stage three free readings open to university students and faculty and the Ann Arbor community.

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