by Estelle Rosen
Keir Cutler has a PhD in theatre from Wayne State University in Detroit, a playwriting diploma from the National Theatre School of Canada and has a B.A from McGill University. He is the author of the ebook, "SHAKESPEARE AUTHORSHIP QUESTION: A CRACKPOT'S VIEW" available on Kindle, and he is the playwright/performer of nine monologues and one two-character theatre play. Keir is married and lives in Montreal.
Cutler, left, with TJ Dawe
And yet despite the success of my adaptation, the vast majority of people still think anyone who doubts the man from Stratford wrote the Works of Shakespeare is a crackpot. Hence my title, 'Shakespeare Crackpot.'
All this begs the question, what would happen if college students were given the chance to do their own research, and make up their own minds on who wrote Shakespeare?Well I actually can tell you. In recent years, Professor Don Rubin of York University in Ontario has been conducting a course called, “Shakespeare: The Authorship Question.” To my knowledge York is the only university in all of North America that is regularly teaching such a course. The goal is not to prove any particular candidate is the author of Shakespeare, or even to prove or disprove the traditional story, the sole purpose of the course is to introduce the students to this fascinating topic. The class is limited to 4th year college students, it fills up quickly, with a waiting list. I’ve visited the course and I can tell you the students are engaged and clearly love studying the subject.
We all suffer from the prejudice that professors, teachers, instructors, academics are somehow 'in-the-know.' They must have some secret information that we could never really understand. They say it is certain and beyond doubt that the man from Stratford wrote Shakespeare, so it must be the case. After all they are the authorities. But Albert Einstein said, “Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”