As part of a new leadership consortium with the University, the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) will spend one week with Professor MacDonald’s School of Letter’s Shakespeare class, engaging “The Merchant of Venice,” one of the well-known “problem plays,” through a series of exercises intended to translate Shakespeare from the page to the stage. The public is invited to join the School of Letters for two very special events with the American Shakespeare Center. From 6–8 p.m., Thursday June 6, in Gailor Auditorium, there will be a workshop on What Shakespeare’s Actors Know: An inside look at the rehearsal and performance techniques in Shakespeare’s Theatres. On Friday, June 7, at 8 p.m., the ASC players, in collaboration with students from MacDonald’s class, will present a public performance of various scenes from the play. Alumni, friends, and the community are invited to join us in Gailor Auditorium. For more information about the collaboration with the American Shakespeare Center, go to <http://letters.sewanee.edu/readings/shakespeare>.