ASV: SPRING 2020 SCHEDULE

This spring's cycle will consist of EIGHT classes on Tuesdays or Thursdays organized around RICHARD II (Tuesdays) or MACBETH (Thursdays).

I hope to teach, in consecutive seasons, the four plays of the "second tetralogy," RICHARD II, 1 HENRY IV, 2 HENRY IV and HENRY V (probably known to you as the first part of "The Hollow Crown," which I've never seen, but I've been told about).

The FREE sample classes on HAMLET already took place on Tuesday, January 21st and Thursday, January 23rd. There will be more in June, probably.

THE REGULAR CLASSES HAVE BEEN HALTED INDEFINITELY DEPENDING ON THE PROGRESS MADE IN STOPPING COVID-19. I APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.
BUT IT'S NECESSARY. SHAKESPEARE IS IMMORTAL, BUT YOU'RE NOT.


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The regular cycle of eight (8) classes will be held at my palatial studio, 444 Central Park West, cross street 104th, B & C trains stop at 103rd. If you are brand-new student--that is, have never worked with me before--the cost will be $50/class, payable all at once or in two $200 lumps. If you are a former student from no matter how long ago, you will pay the old rate. If you need a special payment plan, discuss it with me.

TUESDAY: RICHARD II: the play sets the second tetralogy in motion, for it contains, not exactly a curse, but a sin that that the Plantagenet Lancasters cannot rid themselves of. Do not underestimate the excitement of the play; it was published in five cheap paperback editions because of the demand, and is the ONLY Shakespeare play to have had three editions printed in one year during Shakespeare's lifetime. Part of its excitement stems from the fact that it dramatizes the deposition of a reigning monarch. For that reason it enraged Queen Elizabeth who once cried out, during Essex' rebellion against her, "I am Richard II, know ye not that?"



THURSDAY: MACBETH: Harold Bloom says somewhere, I think, that Lady Macbeth is "pure evil." Bloom is dead, poor fella, and I mustn't abuse him. But the only character Shakespeare wrote who defines himself as "pure evil" is Don John in MUCH ADO.

MACBETH is simply a history of the human race seen through a filter that blocks everything except sin, of which we have a long and ignoble history.

I don't think that's clear, so I'll try again. MACBETH is a history of sin. It begins with Adam and Eve, and concludes with the Harrowing of Hell. There are actual photos of both events right below.

   


TUESDAY
7-10PM

RICHARD II

444 CPW (see above)
THURSDAY
7-10PM

MACBETH

444 CPW (see above)
Feb 4 Feb 6
Feb 11 Feb 13
Feb 18 Feb 20
Feb 25 Feb 27
Mar 3 Mar 5
Mar 10 Mar 12
NO CLASS
COVID
NO CLASS
COVID
NO CLASS
COVID
NO CLASS
COVID
Mar 31
TENTATIVE
Apr 2
TENTATIVE
Apr 7
TENTATIVE
Apr 9
TENTATIVE



Pesach begins the evening of April 8; Easter is April 12; Ramadan begins April 24.

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