SCHEDULE for ACTING SHAKESPEARE'S VERSE FALL 2018

This fall's cycle will consist of SEVEN classes on Tuesdays or Thursdays organized around TROILUS AND CRESSIDA (Tuesdays) or KING LEAR (Thursdays).

The FREE sample classes on ROMEO AND JULIET will be given at Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th Street, on Tuesday, September 25th in room 1208 and Thursday September 27th, in Shetler's Bridge Theater. Both spaces are on the 12rh floor. If you have a monologue you want to work on, please bring it in. I'll have some Shakespeare monologues available.

TUESDAY, SEP 25
4-7PM

FREE SAMPLE CLASS
ROMEO AND JULIET

Shetler room 1208
THURSDAY, SEP 27
4-7PM

FREE SAMPLE CLASS
ROMEO AND JULIET

Shetler Bridge Theater
4-5:30 Verse work R&J 4-5:30 Monologues
5:30-7 Monologues 5:30-7 Verse work R&J

The regular cycle of seven (7) classes will be held at my palatial studio, 444 Central Park West, #5A.

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, Shakespeare's dramatization of the Trojan war (you know, the Iliad) apparently was written in 1601 between TWELFTH NIGHT and ALL'S WELL. It is a so-called "problem" play, which means it's difficult to sentimentalize and trivialize, as one can do with ROMEO AND JULIET, if one ignores the text. When I first read it, it stood my hair on end the way a Dostoevsky novel does. It is one of Shakespeare's few excursions from morality: in every one of his other plays, the lovers get married at play's end. In TROILUS AND CRESSIDA the whole society has been corrupted by Helen's notorious adulterous liaison with Paris.

KING LEAR: about it George Bernard Shaw, who didn't really understand Shakespeare's method of playwriting and deprecated the Bard, said "No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear." If the idea of a tragedy puts you off, let me say that I think that the play's study of human nature will take your breath away.

TUESDAY
7-10PM

TROILUS
AND
CRESSIDA

444 CPW 5A
THURSDAY
7-10PM


KING LEAR


444 CPW 5A
Oct 9 Oct 4
Oct 16 Oct 11
Oct 23 Oct 18
Oct 30 Oct 25
Nov 6 Nov 1
Nov 13 Nov 8
Nov 20 Nov 15

Yes, in this schedule, Thursday comes before Tuesday. That puts us well out of the way of the New Year, and keeps us from getting run over by the Macy's Day Parade and what comes after.

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