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Shakespeare's Julius Caesar & Richard II: Contrasts in Power

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William Shakespeare had an abiding interest in the nature of power. These two plays offer startling contrasts in leadership styles and effectiveness, yet the works also reveal that Caesar and Richard II shared phenomenally elevated views of themselves. Both were toppled.

Julius Caesar is arguably Shakespeare's tautest study of political intrigue. It is also one of his leanest plays: about half the size of Hamlet. Richard II, an utterly compelling play, involves complex power moves that lead to Richard’s deposition. Possessing a preternatural skill with words, the king, in the end, is brought down by his limitations as a ruler. We’ll explore these two plays and their cautionary lessons in leadership.


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays/Thursdays, Dec. 5, 7, 12, 14 *9:30am – noon* (4 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch


Allston James, Professor Emeritus, taught Humanities and English for 30 years at Monterey Peninsula College. A playwright, his drama Suribachi won the 2015 British Theatre Challenge in London and the 2015 Bill Broyles Award for Distinguished Play or Screenplay