This course will explore three of William Shakespeare’s most superb plays. These plays reflect the universal human condition-its vices, virtues, emotions, motivations and actions.
They contain powerful dramatic verse, as well as humorous exchanges and scenarios. Anthony and Cleopatra, a play about great love, war and the struggle for empire in the classical era. Richard III, a play about unbridled ambition, deceit and murder in the dying days of the War of the Roses. The Comedy of Errors, a play about twins, mistaken identity, and the misapprehensions and absurdities arising from a family separated by mischance.
The class will develop a knowledge and appreciation of these plays through reading and discussion, and viewing DVD scenes from recent, quality production. This class is suitable for members who have participated in earlier classes of Shakespeare, or have some prior knowledge of Shakespeare but wish to learn more. Preparedness to read dramatic text in class and a willingness to be involved in classroom discussion is required. Relevant handouts will be provided