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The Shakespeare Comedy Project, or Four Guys Explain Comedy in Shakespeare

Monday, November 26, 2018, 5:30 PM

“Professor” Charles McMahon, Artistic Director of Lantern Theater Company, will entertain the question: Was William Shakespeare a great comic genius or a bald playwright who wrote silly jokes that would send his audiences howling but now leave us flat. McMahon’s “lecture” will feature Philadelphia actors Dave Johnson and J Hernandez, both featured in the Lantern’s 2017/18 production of The Tempest in the dual roles of Trinculo/Sebastian and Caliban/Antonio, respectively. They will be joined by longtime Lantern artistic collaborator Anthony Lawton who played the artist and art forger Han van Meegeren in the Lantern’s recent world premiere of The Craftsman. Together, they will explore the hypothesis that “the essence of comedy is talented people on the verge of great embarrassment” by enacting and explaining scenes from The Tempest.

This event has received generous support from The Edith Ogden Harrison Lecture Fund

Reception to follow.
This is an event for Shareholders only (Shareholders are welcome to bring one guest).
RSVP: Call 215-925-2688 or email

Photo: Dave Johnson and Frank X in the Lantern’s The Tempest
Mark Garvin, Photographer

Siobhan Reardon, “The Past, Present and Future of Public Libraries”

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 3:00 PM

On Thursday, December 6th, at 3:00 p.m., Siobhan Reardon, President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia, will speak at the Athenaeum. The first woman to serve as the Free Library’s President, Ms. Reardon has led a decade of change and innovation. Her initiatives have included Hot Spots that offer free access and training in partnership with local organizations in underserved neighborhoods, and the city’s first roving “techmobile.” In 2014, the Free Library Foundation, which Ms. Reardon also oversees, merged with the renowned Rosenbach Museum & Library, combining two of the finest collections of rare materials into one of world-class standing with strengths in Americana and British, American, and Modernist literature.

In recognition of her exceptional achievements and her visionary leadership of the Free Library, Ms. Reardon was named Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year in 2015.

Free and open to the public.
required: Call 215-925-2688 or email

Thomas Childers
The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 5:30 PM

Based in part on German documents seldom used by previous historians, The Third Reich brings to life the Nazis’ rise to power and their use and abuse of power once they achieved it. This important book charts the dramatic, improbable rise of the Nazis; the suffering of ordinary Germans under Nazi rule; and the horrors of World War II and the genocidal Holocaust. This critically acclaimed study is the most comprehensive and readable one-volume history of Nazi Germany since the classic Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

Thomas Childers recently retired as the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author or editor of several books on modern German history and the Second World War. His 1995 book Wings of Morning, won the Athen
aeum Literary Award.

This event has received generous support from The Henry Paul Busch Fund

Reception and book signing to follow.
Athenaeum Members: Free. RSVP: Call 215-925-2688 or email
General Public: $15

Qty Description Price
Thomas Childers Lecture: General Public

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