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

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


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


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.