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Spreading the Shakespeare Authorship Message in South Florida

Tom Regnier has recently appeared on television and in person promoting the Shakespeare Authorship Question in South Florida (Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties).

"Spotlight on the Arts" - Tom Regnier (center) is interviewed by (l. to r.) theatre critic Bill Hirschman, actress Karen Stephens, actress/producer Iris Acker, playwright/actor Michael McKeever.

“Spotlight on the Arts” – Tom Regnier (center) is interviewed by (l. to r.) theatre critic Bill Hirschman, actress Karen Stephens, actress/producer Iris Acker, playwright/actor Michael McKeever.

On March 25, 2016, Tom’s TV interview on Spotlight on the Arts was aired in South Florida for the first time. Spotlight on the Arts is a long-running show featuring interviews with people involved in the performing arts. The regular interviewers on the show are celebrities in the very active South Florida theatre community: Bill Hirschman is a theatre critic and the founder of Florida Theater On Stage. Karen Stephens is an award-winning actress. Iris Acker is an iconic actress and producer. Michael McKeever is an award-winning playwright and actor. Tom’s appearance on Spotlight on the Arts produced a lively 28-minute discussion on the subject “Did Shakespeare Really Write Shakespeare?” The program may now be viewed online.

On February 11, 2016, Tom Regnier gave a presentation at the North Palm Beach Public Library on the topic, “Did Shakespeare Really Write Shakespeare? Or Did Someone Else?” The speaking engagement was arranged by Margaret Robson, a resident of the area and a longtime Oxfordian. An audience of 40 people – several times the usual attendance for public presentations at the Library – attended. The audience listened attentively to the nearly hour-long presentation with PowerPoint and asked questions for over half an hour afterwards. An audio recording is available on the SOF YouTube Channel. SOF webmaster Jennifer Newton added images to the recording so that listeners may get a taste of the PowerPoint that the live audience saw.

Margaret Robson has since followed up with two discussion groups at the North Palm Beach Library, which were well attended and enthusiastically received. Attendees at the last meeting were clamoring for Margaret to schedule the next meeting.

Tom also presented on “Did Shakespeare Really Write Shakespeare? Or Did Someone Else?” at GableStage, one of the most highly regarded theatre companies in South Florida, on April 11, 2016. About a hundred people attended. Tom said it was one of the most gratifying experiences of his life. The presentation was videotaped and will be available online in the near future.

The SOF’s recently formed Speakers Bureau seeks to find people who are willing to give introductory presentations on the Shakespeare Authorship Question in their local communities. The Speakers Bureau can help you put together an introductory talk. If you are interested, contact info@shakespeareoxfordfellowship.org.

[posted April 13, 2016]