Wednesday March 27, 7:30 p.m
First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills
Learn more about the Magic of the Word.
This 90-minute performance features recitation of great moments in Shakespeare, commentary, biographical details, discussions of the great Shakespeare themes, and a practical guide to overcoming “Shakespeare intimidation.” Witty, probing, and funny, Clay provides an evening of insight and laughter in his one-man program, an unforgettable tribute to the life and work of the greatest writer in the English language.
Reading Hamlet for the first time as a freshman in college changed the whole trajectory of my life. During my time at Oxford I saw 34 of the 37 Shakespeare plays, including Hamlet nine times. Although I somehow slipped through the back door and became an amateur historian, my great love has always been Elizabethan and Jacobean literature. This program gives me the opportunity to explore Shakespeare’s genius at the prime of my life as a public humanities scholar.
Sir Walter Raleigh
Tuesday March 26, 7:30 p.m.
Sound Stage at the Lost Colony, Manteo
Raleigh (1554-1618) was only one of my characters who was beheaded! He was the very definition of a “Renaissance man.” He was a dashing soldier, an Elizabethan privateer, a colonizer of Virginia, a friend of Sir Philip Sidney and the patron of Edmund Spenser, one of Queen Elizabeth’s four principal courtiers, a writer of admirable poetry and prose, an explorer of South America, and one of the most important state prisoners in the history of England.
My Raleigh speaks from the Tower of London, where he was imprisoned from 1603-1616 for treason by King James I. It’s difficult to discern just what his crimes were from our perspective, but he was a great favorite of Queen Elizabeth and he made it clear when she died on March 24, 1603, that he would prefer the thrown not be cast away on a Scotsman who was the son of the late Mary Queen of Scotts.
Raleigh was the mastermind of England’s intended colonization at Roanoke in today’s North Carolina. He gave the name of his new world discoveries “Virginia” after his patron, the Virgin Queen. In 1595 he attempted to find El Dorado, the fabled city of gold somewhere along the Orinoco River in South America. He found no gold, but the account he wrote of his adventure, The Discovery of Guiana (1596) was a classic of exploration literature.
Raleigh is a larger-than-life figure around whom much legendary material has accumulated. He may—or may not—have thrown down his cloak (the most expensive thing he owned) to enable Queen Elizabeth to walk safely over a puddle. He probably was not doused with a bucket of water when his servant failed to realize that the smoke coming out of his mouth was from tobacco not a clothing fire. He may or may not have scratched love verses to Elizabeth on a windowpane at Windsor Castle.
Clay Jenkinson as Meriwether Lewis
Monday March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk
Lewis was my first Chautauqua character. He’s fascinating on so many fronts. When he was keeping his journal, he was easily the most interesting writer of the expedition, by magnitudes. He regarded himself as the Enlightenment’s personal emissary in the American West. His relationship with Clark is complex, nuanced, and ultimately tragic. His attitude towards American Indians is essential for any understanding of that vexed subject in American history. Sometimes I fantasize about having been a member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, to have seen Montana in 1804 when hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of bison grazed the plains in a tense equilibrium with elk, grizzly bears, coyotes, wolves, pronghorn antelope, and prairie dogs. (Of course, I would almost certainly have been a copy clerk back in Philadelphia, and probably could not have held up for more than a few days given the physical demands of the journey). Lewis had a rich, somewhat odd, sense of humor, which I try to explore in my dramatic interpretations.
Tidewater Community College
Roper Performing Arts Center
Friday, September 22 at 8 PM
In this world premiere of "Clay Jenkinson's Shakespeare the Magic of the Word," Clay kicks off a nationwide tour to celebrate the magical web of words and meaning in the Bard's plays and sonnets.
Find more information and purchase tickets here.
Clay Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson
Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center for the Arts
Newport News, Virginia
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets at fergusoncenter.org
Clay performs as Theodore Roosevelt in his annual public performance at Town Hall 1119 8th Ave at Seneca in Seattle, sponsored by the Seattle Library Foundation. The performance is free to the public. Doors open at 1:30. Book signing to follow.
Please note new time: Doors at 1:30 p.m., performance at 2 p.m.
Clay S. Jenkinson, as J. Robert Oppenheimer, Father of the Atomic Bomb at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Historical Society.
6:30 Appetizers and Beverages
Ticket info at bainbridgehistory.org or call (206) 842-2773.
Theodore Roosevelt, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson, pays a visit to Montrose once again. The event is sponsored by the Uncompahgre Valley Association along with the National Parks Service Centennial celebration. Tickets available online at tickets.montrosepress.com or call (970) 240-4739.
Clay S. Jenkinson portrays Theodore Roosevelt for a fundraiser for Browns Canyon National Monument, sponsored by the Friends of Browns Canyon, at the Salida High School Auditorium. Time and details to be announced. For more information, contact Keith Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clay S. Jenkinson, as Thomas Jefferson, will speak at Constitution Day for the Harford County Public Library Foundation. Location to follow. Admission is free but seating is limited. RSVP by August 1st. To register, visit HCPLonline.org. If you have questions, contact Nina Depkin at Depkinn@HCPLonline.org.
Be part of a live audience taping of The Thomas Jefferson Hour with guest host Bill Thomas of Prairie Public Radio, as a fund-raiser for The Thomas Jefferson Hour and Fargo/Moorhead UU Church. Ticket info to follow.
Clay S. Jenkinson, as Thomas Jefferson, is once again teamed with his friend, John Williams of WGN and WCCO radio, for an afternoon with John and Mr. Jefferson. College of Du Page. More information at www.wgnradio.com
Time of event and more details to come.
Devil's Lake Chautauqua with Clay Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson.