This course will explore three of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays. These superb plays contain powerful dramatic verse, humorous exchanges and enduring themes that continue to speak to our times. Othello, a play with racial undercurrents of a jealous man duped into destroying the one he most loves. Richard II , a flawed leader who learns, too late, the shifting nature of power. As you like it, a witty romp through the forest of Arden with the sassy Rosalind, who turns adversity into triumph and captures the heart of her one true love.
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