Below and on subsequent pages is a collection of photos from the conference for your enjoyment.  Our thanks to the Bertolinis, the Gibbses, and Howard Einsohn and Megan McCarty for sending some of their shots, but the chief photographer was Lori, who, we’re sorry to note, has a taste for “candid” photography that sometimes catches people unawares.  Apologies too for the fact that there were too many shots of certain people (moi, mainly) and not enough or none of others.  But this collection is not closed.   We’re particularly interested in having you send photos of people and scenes that were missed, such as of the reception and the Shaw Collection at the John Hay Library and of the Trinity performance at the banquet of “Shaw Talk.”  If you can fill in some gaps, send photos to me at  Also, please note that I broke the monotony of photo editing by occasionally taking liberties with captions, which I hope will be taken in the same spirit of fun in which they were composed.  




The Brown University Gates, which one enters to escape Providence

for a more interesting experience, as Don Juan would advise,

or just to escape the rain into warm and cozy Salomon Center. 

 If the sun is shining  in any of these photos,

it’s probably because they are post-conference.  



Another gate to, well,  Saunders Inn and the Quad Dorms



After a reception downstairs at the John Hay Library and viewing of the

Sidney Albert Shaw Collection, a welcome on Thursday night by Dick Dietrich

on behalf of the International Shaw Society and an introduction of

the Master of Ceremonies, Don Wilmeth



At both the John Hay Library and Salomon Center,

Master of Ceremonies Don Wilmeth



Tony Gibbs making Hay with a birthday salute to Shaw.

[Anybody have a better shot of this?]



Questions about the Sidney Albert Shaw Collection?  

Ask the collector himself!



Thumbs up from Julie on the A-V.   The conference can begin

as scheduled on Friday morning.   Congratulations to Darlene Wood and Kathyrn Stanonik, who were instrumental in Brown’s organizing of the conference, for so cleverly avoiding the photographer.



The conference can begin, that is, as soon as Don finishes his continental . . .



The new “Boomer” starts us off and keeps us going.  

The old “Boomer,” so-named by the cast at the Shaw Festival,

was Dan H. Laurence, fondly remembered by many present.



John Bertolini introduces his former mentor and the first plenary speaker, Martin Meisel, whom John cites as author of the Shavian “New Testament,”

 the “Old Testament” having been provided by Eric Bentley.



The very model of a modern plenary speaker was Martin Meisel,

who explained Shaw’s “audible intelligibility”

and compared it with Tom Stoppard’s. 



Afterwards, much relieved, John thanks Martin for living up to the billing.



Martin surrounded by Aussies Donna & Tony Gibbs



Ann Saddlemyer led off the Friday afternoon session with

an amazing riff on Shaw’s “Un(finished) Symphonies.”



Followed by a little Q & A



Isidor Saslav can always be counted on for a comment or question,

 but the violinist has special expertise on this one, despite the carpal tunnel.



Ann rests her case, which might have had a piano accompaniment, had I known!



Friday afternoon was concluded by a special treat from two major scholars, Stanley Weintraub and Laurence Senelick, the first of whom spoke on a largely unknown playlet of Shaw’s about the notorious abdication of a certain king, and the latter of whom spoke on how Shaw’s plays were “more looked at than listened to” in Russia.   They did not deliver their speeches from the bar, however, nor did Rodelle assist in Stan’s delivery (she had her own paper to deliver later), but the photographer failed to capture the event

and thus begged to substitute the following charming shots. 



Friday night saw a trip by some to the Trinity Rep Theatre in downtown Providence and a performance of CYRANO, just the sort of play Shaw

 stood on its head in his own dramaturgy.    It was unfortunate that the Trinity did not have a Shaw play scheduled, but reportedly they’ve done well

by Shaw in the past and evidence of at least one Shaw production

was found in the lobby, as follows:



At Trinity, the Sris, Lisa Wilde, Lori, Steve Carpenter



Part of The Capitol Gang, at Trinity: Lisa, Steve, Bill Largess



Saturday morning’s plenary, Nick Grene, speaks of “Shaw and Conversion,”

but remains unconverted to Creative Evolution.



Dick says “Oh Pshaw to Darwin!”



Saturday afternoon begins with Pharand the Phantastic providing

a plenary of information about Shaw’s publishing (Ad)ventures.



And is congratulated by Martin (or was it vice versa?).



John the Baptist points skyward, as in all the Old Masters,

and Ginger and Des wonder if this is part of Da Vinci’s code.



Saturday’s talks were concluded by a panel discussion on “Staging Shaw” by Amanda Dehnert of Trinity and John MacDonald and Bill Largess of the Washington Stage Guild.   But where was the photographer? 

 Bill appears in a photo above with three members of The Capitol Gang,

so we’re substituting here a shot of the rest of The Capitol Gang,

Tom Donahue of CUA and John MacDonald,

projected as co-hosts of the next Shaw conference.



Perhaps it’s fitting that this page end

with the photographer photographed in the act of being avoided (just in the nick?).   She seems to have done some avoiding of her own!



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