Love, both unrequited and unwanted, an enchanted forest whose magic is not all benign, the most over-blown death scene ever, and an ending with three weddings and no funeral…It must be Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Ann and Ron will draw on their interests in the structure of early modern theater, historical context, stagecraft and performance to whisk you to Athens and its surrounding forest for an exploration of this much-loved and oft-performed play. After meeting for 5 sessions online, class members may opt to attend a performance of the play at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox. Details will be provided during the first class.
Ann Bermanreceived a Masters degree in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College, London, and is an active volunteer at Shakespeare & Company. She is a retired special education teacher. Dr. Ron Stricklandis a retired professor who wrote his doctoral dissertation under the direction of Jean Howard, one of America’s leading Shakespeare scholars. He has more than thirty years’ experience teaching, writing about and conducting professional seminars on Shakespeare. Some of hisbrief lectures on A Midsummer Night’s Dreamand other plays can be viewed on YouTube from the high-lighted link.
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