No Fear Shakespeare F17
with Carol Sturtevant
This class will focus on four of Shakespeare’s classic plays: The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, and Macbeth. Students will discuss and analyze these plays as they are adapted and portrayed on film. Students will also read and study excerpts from the original text of the plays but will not read the plays in their entirety. There will also be opportunities to interpret and analyze themes, Elizabethan culture, and parallels regarding the relevancy of the plays today. Shakespeare’s plays were not created to be read; they were created to be seen. Shakespeare did not write his plays expressly for being closely studied through reading. To an American audience, for whom going to the theater is not an everyday event, this often means seeing his plays performed on film. He intended for his plays to be performed before public audiences for their sheer entertainment. It is possible to gain a deeper appreciation of Shakespeare’s works by watching film productions of his plays. It is also possible to understand and appreciate the depth of his stories and the richness of his language through seeing his memorable characters brought to life by such award winning actors as Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, who offer unique performances and interpretations of Shakespeare’s dramas. This course is offered to students earning a High School Diploma, as well as the general public. It is an occasion to cultivate a life-long appreciation of Shakespeare, the most renowned author of British literature who ever lived. Limit: 10 students.
Tue for 15 weeks from 2:30 - 5:30 pm
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