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[Postponed] Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" | In-Person, Ryan Ranch

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Course Description:

The longest of Shakespeare’s plays, "Hamlet" arguably is also his greatest—a pinnacle of Renaissance culture and a forerunner of modernity. It is a thrilling drama of revenge and politics that has never been off the stage since it was written over 400 years ago. The late Harold Bloom called it “Poem Unlimited.” It is in the character of Prince Hamlet, the most compelling and fascinating—yet ultimately unknowable—of Shakespeare’s creations, that the play comes most alive. In our study of "Hamlet," we will compare radically different interpretations of the play, looking at versions of scenes set in historical Denmark as well as some set in present-day Manhattan. As Shakespeare’s friend and competitor Ben Jonson said of The Bard, “He was not of an age but for all time.”


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays/Thursdays, Sept. 14, 16, 21, 23 *10am - noon* (4 sessions)


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. To keep everyone safe, seats are limited.


Allston James has taught Shakespeare courses at OLLI since 2012, having previously taught at Monterey Peninsula College for 30 years. A playwright, he has twice won the British Theatre Challenge and is a three-time recipient of the William Broyles Award for Distinguished Playwriting.