"Measure for Measure" & #MeToo: The Timeless Issues of Shakespeare

Dates:February 15-22, 2020
Meets:Sa from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, 2 sessions
Location:Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Instructor:Judith Krummeck
Fee: $55.00

Lecture: Sat., Feb. 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Performance and talkback: Sat., Feb. 22, 2 p.m. (Please arrive by 1:15 p.m.)

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

Course Description

The Timeless Issues of Shakespeare

In the context movie moguls, opera stars, actors, and television anchors being caught in the web of the #MeToo movement, and in the light of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novels, The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments, Shakespeare's complex play, Measure for Measure, is as resonant as it has ever been. When her brother is condemned to die, a novice nun appeals to Verona's Puritanical new leader for mercy. He will grant it, but demands a shocking price, as lust corrupts his moral certitude. Written 400 years before #MeToo, Isabella's dilemma is a powerful, complex, and timely story.

In this two-part course we will go behind the scenes at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's beautiful theater on South Calvert Street to delve into the background of the play and meet with producer, Lesley Malin. Then, we will attend a performance of the play, and have the opportunity of a talk back with the actors.

Enrollment is limited so please register early.