Shakespeare: "As You Like It"
Eight Tuesdays, 10-Noon: March 14, 21, 28 April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2
The Shakespeare class will be reading and studying "As You Like It" this spring. This play was first performed in 1600, but was not printed until the appearance of the Folio of 1623. The Bard used much of the plot from a prose romance, or novel, entitled "Rosalynde" dating from 1590 written by Thomas Lodge. However, the comic parts of Touchstone, Audrey, William and Jacques are Shakespeare's creations which turn an artificial romance into a play of enduring charm. The plot can be most confusing at times and at one point the Elizabethan audience must have enjoyed watching a boy actor who was playing Rosalind disguised as a boy because of course, as you may know, girls were not allowed to act on the stage in those years. In this play are several short songs which many people have seen and enjoyed because they have all been reproduced in poetry anthologies over the years. They are in context, however, sparkling jewels in this play. Those songs were once sung on the stage, but the music has disappeared.
Everyone welcome but you will need a book. I recommend Folgers edition of the play in an individual text which has copious notes beside each line.
Facilitator: Frank Carroll*
Coordinator: Terri Munson*
What’s So Funny About “Hamlet”????
Four Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.: March 14, 21, 28 April 4
While Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies make us cry, they also make us laugh. Sometimes the funny lines, characters, or action even turn the play upside down temporarily. And sometimes, the words or characters that make us laugh actually bestow great wisdom. This class will explore the types, purposes, and effects of the comedic aspects and comic relief in Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and King Lear. Be prepared to laugh and cry as we go behind the scenes of the great tragedies in search of comedy.
Presenter: Patti McWeeney Coordinator: Toby Hodes*
The United States Constitution: Its Origins and Meaning
Four Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.: April 11, 18, 25 and May 2
This four-week class will go through the actual document approved in 1787, and, all 27 amendments ratified in the last 230 years. We will then look at specific cases decided by the Supreme Court, interpreting the Constitution, and talk about the content and the differing approaches to interpretation taken by the court. With the US Senate going through an appointment and nomination of a new Supreme Court justice, this class offers an excellent opportunity to examine our governing document.
Presenter: Professor Frank Talty Coordinator: Nancy Pitkin*