The Play’s the Thing

Facilitator:     Jim McCauley,                               Dates:             Thursdays, March 23 May 11, 2017 Time:              9:30 AM 11:30 AM                        Text:               None, see below                 Presentations:  Scripts provided

Join your fellow thespians as we sit in a circle with our scripts and read a play by William Shakespeare. From one scene to the next, roles are assigned to each reader in the order of the circle. You could be a man, woman, boy, girl, or even a ghost -- "inappropriate" casting is the norm! The facilitator will not attempt to direct (unless you request direction), so you are free to interpret the character you are reading as you wish.

We will probably read at least three plays, starting with A Midsummer Night's Dream. The other plays will be chosen by consensus of the class. There will be an opportunity for brief discussion of each scene before we move on to the next. A small amount of meeting time will be devoted to video segments of notable performances of the play being read or commentary and observation (by audio and video) by expert interpreters of Shakespeare's works.

Materials provided online (or in print if requested):
A full script of each play, formatted in standard and large type.

A brief description of the characters and action in the play