The Shakespeare You Love to Hate

Presented by Margaret J. Oakes.

The expression “The Bard” does Shakespeare and playgoers a huge disservice. The guy with the ruff and the beard is “too highbrow,” “out of touch,” and “stuffy.” Sometimes, however, Shakespeare is raunchy, extraordinarily violent, and witty, as reflected in numerous phrases and concepts in our language. This session will explore some of the lesser produced plays such as Titus AndronicusCoriolanus, and Troilus and Cressida to show how Shakespeare explores harsh emotion, the shock value of violence, and the cruelty of individuals as part of the range of human experience. No previous Shakespeare experience needed.

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