Throughout the Shakespeare canon of comedies, tragedies, and histories, memorable characters in their senior years face dilemmas, choices, compromises, and consequences for their actions or the actions of the gods. We shall explore the late-life experiences of the King in King Lear, Volumnia in Coriolanus and Prospero in The Tempest. (Any play text is acceptable; the Arden series of individual plays-not the full anthology-contains excellent notes and annotations for the more curious.)
“The oldest hath borne most: we that are young
Shall never see so much, nor live so long.”
Instructor Joseph Cote's classical actor training and stage experience have led to several theater career highlights. Insights gained through spot-lit study of some of Shakespeare’s brilliantly-crafted people have prepared Joseph for roles in fourteen of the Bard’s most memorable plays. The focus of the class is on the “person”. What does he need? What does she want? What makes his mind and his soul tick? How aware is each of the sand speedily sifting through the hourglass? What more does she feel she must accomplish? Joseph’s keenness is contagious. His goal is always to spark curiosity about the people from the mind of the Elizabethan master. The sparking of one’s “imaginary forces” has taken even the most stoically reluctant class member by surprise. This is not the rekindling of your dreaded high school class on Julius Caesar; dry scholarship takes a back seat to the words and the feelings of the characters as you grow to understand and appreciate each one of them as iconic elders on the Shakespearean stage.
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