About The Program: Join the theater department of the University of California at Berkeley on an in-depth journey to the heart of William Shakespeares plays. Simple but brilliant re-enactments of plays from both cultures, maturing beautiful costumes and accessible acting make both worlds interesting and easy to under¬stand despite the barriers of language. Shakespeare and the Spanish Connection is a must for students, teachers, and Shakespeare scholars of all ages. Experience the plays of traditional Spanish theater firsthand and see how they parallel marry of Shakespeares most famous works. See how these plays were brought to early California with the founding of the missions, and how many of these plays are still performed and remain an integral part of Spanish culture in modern-day America. See the archetypal stock characters of traditional Spanish theater manifest themselves in Shakespeares plays from the black hat villain (Don John in "Much Ado About Nothing") to the nag (Juliet's Nurse in "Romeo and Juliet") to the foolish braggart (Falstaff in "Henry IV", "Henry V" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor"). Watch scenes from these well-known characters alongside the scenes of Spanish theater from which they derive their roots. About The Plays: Despite the obvious influence of Spanish theater and culture over many of Shakespeares works, not one of his plays is actually set in Spain. "Romeo and Juliet" and "Much Ado About Nothing" are both set in Italy, while Falstaff had his adventures in Britain. But nevertheless, throughout all of Shakespeares plays, the influence of Spanish theater and culture is evident. About The Host: Hugh Macrae Richmond has served as a professor at UC Berkeley since 1968 and Professor Emeritus since 1994. He is also director of the Shakespeare program there and is the author of numerous scholarly works including Shakespeares Political Plays, 1967, and Shakespeare in Performance: "King Henry VIII", 1994.