ASV: Spring 2022 FEB-MAR SCHEDULE, STILL VIA ZOOM DAMMIT TO HADES

This spring's cycle will consist of EIGHT classes on TUESDAYS organized around MACBETH and EIGHT classes on THURSDAYS organized around MEASURE FOR MEASURE. Scroll down or click here for the schedule.

If you are a brand-new student--that is, have never worked with me before--the cost will be $50/class, $400 total. If you are a former student from no matter how long ago, you will pay your old rate.

You may audit a class to see if you think it would be useful to you.

TO ENROLL or if you have any questions about anything about the class, please call or write me: (212) 865-1127 or delossbrown@prodigy.net.


Denzel Washington's Macbeth movie opened in theaters
Christmas Day (!) and streams on Apple TV starting January 14th, 2022.
Daniel Craig's (James Bond) Macbeth opens on Broadway on March 29, 2022. Laura Whittenberger, here standing in for Isabella, can be
seen in our film of ALL'S WELL.


TUESDAY: MACBETH: I'm hoping to take rascally advantage of the sudden commercial interest in this play. I'll bite the bullet and subscribe to Apple TV long enough to see Denzel Washington, and I plan to go see the Daniel Craig production in April. The Craig production is very expensive--at least the tickets are (Bond-as-Macbeth will doubtless need a lot of fancy gadgets)--but the Denzel Washington production seems to have had a budget shortfall. From what I read, they could only afford one Coen brother, and only one of the three (3) witches called for in the script.

NB: I'm sorry to say that I don't think I can get either Mr. Washington or Mr. Craig to come to class, so please don't get your hopes up.

THURSDAY: MEASURE FOR MEASURE: I have seen this play done many times as the simple, unpleasant story of innocent, beautiful, pious Isabella being sexually harassed by repulsive, evil Angelo, and rescued from a fate-worse-than-death by the Noble Duke, usually played by somebody who looks suitably like the Lone Ranger. The grateful, smitten Isabella tosses her vocation aside to fall into the waiting arms of the Duke, and the play ends with all smiles and two noses, as Ionesco said. I wonder that directors aren't surprised that this simple yet highly relevant interpretation never works. We'll try to dig out why. (Apologies to my Jamaican friends.) The only production I ever saw that did not make these frivolous mistakes was by Christopher Martin, when he was the artistic director of the Classical Stage Company.

TUESDAY
7-10:30PM

MACBETH

ALL CLASSES VIA ZOOM
THURSDAY
7-10:30PM

MEASURE FOR MEASURE

ALL CLASSES VIA ZOOM
Feb 1 Feb 3
Feb 8 Feb 10
Feb 15 Feb 17
Feb 22 Feb 24
Mar 1 Mar 3
Mar 8 Mar 10
Mar 15 Mar 17
Mar 22 Mar 24

The first night of Pesach is Friday, April 15, and Easter is Sunday, April 17, so we shouldn't collide with either.

There is a great deal of Christian doctrine in Shakespeare, at least in my expositions. The first book they had in Shakespeare's house was the Bible, and it was the only book, for a long time. Shakespeare got to know it all in detail, Old Testament, New Testament and Apocrypha, and used it extensively in MACBETH, less so in in MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

Notwithstanding everything, I wish you, myself and the whole world a Happy, Happier New Year.

It may interest you to know that the Emperor Tiberius (reigned 14-37AD) had the custom of repaying the giver of a New Year's gift with one worth four times the value of the gift he had received. (See Suetonius.) Before long he had to forbid the giving of New Year's gifts entirely because on New Year's Day the line of people waiting to present the emperor with a gift went around the palace several times and up the street, and the entire month of January was spoiled by a crush of people coming to the palace who couldn't get in on New Year's Day. Thank Juppiter we have nothing like that.

Before you begin to praise Tiberius, let me point out that he also forbade the common practice of people kissing as a greeting.

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