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Shakespeare Does Tough Love: "The Taming of the Shrew & Antony and Cleopatra"

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Course Description:

Dec. 4 and 6: "Shrew," one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, sets the template for all of the battle-of-the-sexes comedies that have followed from Shakespeare’s time to present. Here in 2018, the play is understandably uncomfortable, even offensive, especially its ending wherein Kate makes a speech about how women should obey men. But is this the sexist propaganda that it appears—or is there something more complicated and interesting at work?

Dec. 11 and 13: "Antony and Cleopatra" is best known as a love story. Shakespeare begins the play in the tailspin of the title characters’ relationship, allowing us a glimpse of the good times that must have come before. There is a distinct emotional connection between the two central characters. They seem to need each other to survive, and they eat, sleep, and breathe their love in a way which leads to destruction. We become witness to the idea that true leadership requires personal sacrifice.

 

Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00


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Day/Time

Tuesday/Thursday, Dec. 4, 6, 11, 13 *1:00 - 3:30pm* (4 sessions)

Location

CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey

Facilitator:

Allston James, professor emeritus, taught English and Humanities at MPC for 30 years. He has twice won the British Theatre Challenge and the Bill Broyles Award for Distinguished Playwriting.