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‘On the Eve of Shakespeare’s Birthday’
OWU Professor to Banter about the Bard on Upcoming Radio Show

April 16, 2009

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University English professor Dennis Prindle, Ph.D., will join colleagues from Franklin University and Ohio Dominican University to celebrate the birthday of poet and playwright William Shakespeare, regarded by many as the greatest writer in the English language.

The Shakespeare scholars will banter about the Bard on April 23 as guests on Fred Andrle’s “Open Line” radio program. The segment begins at 11 a.m. on WOSU 820 AM, and will be streamed live online at www.wosu.org/news/openline.

Prindle will be joined for Andrle’s ninth annual “On the Eve of Shakespeare’s Birthday” event by Franklin University adjunct instructor Brad Bradford and Ohio Dominican University literature and language professor Ann C. Hall. Shakespeare’s actual date of birth is unclear, but he was baptized April 26, 1564.

Prindle, an Ohio Wesleyan faculty member since 1970, said the university has a “history as a pioneer in putting together collegiate productions of Shakespeare at the dawn of the ‘Elizabethan Revival’ in this country, starting outdoors in 1905 as part of Commencement Week, and continuing with annual productions, essentially unbroken but for World War I, through the 1970s.”

And Ohio Wesleyan’s ties run even deeper. “It’s quite a story,” Prindle said, “dating back to the suspension of 59 students in 1885 for defying the Methodist prohibition against ‘dramatic entertainments’ to attend a touring production of ‘Richard III’ at the Delaware Opera House.”

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