Join Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg for Shakespeare Hour LIVE!, an ongoing online tour through every corner of the Shakespeare universe. Each week, Simon and Drew will examine the world of Shakespeare and our own by discussing two plays from the Shakespearean canon which speak to each other thematically, dramaturgically, and historically. Special guests and friends of the STC extended family will also drop by.
In Shakespeare’s lifetime, the theaters were closed periodically due to plague outbreaks. Our first three sessions discuss plays written during or just after a few of these closures, which correspond closely to leaps in Shakespeare’s craft and a series of masterpieces.
These live conversations will take place online on Zoom and require the viewer to have access to the Internet. TO ENSURE YOUR ACCESS TO THESE EVENTS, YOU MUST FIRST COMPLETE YOUR RESERVATION ON THE STC WEBSITE. TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION, ZOOM WILL SEND YOU AN EMAIL ONE HOUR BEFORE THE DISCUSSION WITH A LINK TO JOIN.
Week 8, June 10: Marriage & Mistrust
Plays: Othello and Much Ado About Nothing
How does Shakespeare dramatize the tensions between married (or soon to be married) couples in these two plays?
Episode 8 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! is generously sponsored by Bonnie and Louis Cohen.
Week 9, June 17: The Outsider & The Insider
Play: The Merchant of Venice
How does Shakespeare dramatize the figure of the social outsider in this play… and how does he dramatize the characters who are part of the “in-group”?
Week 10, June 24: The Ascent & The Descent
Play: Richard III
How does Shakespeare dramatize the one Richard’s ascent to, and descent from, power?
All Special Guests are subject to change.