*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Interpreting and Participating in Shakespeare’s Plays: Love's Labours Lost and Much Ado About Nothing.

In previous courses, our main activity has been reading the plays and seeing and thinking about productions. We bring our varying backgrounds and talents to examine the design of ideas and feelings as they build through the acts and across the genres. This fall we’ll continue with Love's Labours Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, which are both being performed at Blackfriars in Staunton this fall. In prior years a cadre of actors have attended one of the six class sessions, to perform a selection of scenes or parts of scenes and to participate in the class discussion and respond to our questions about matters of interpretation and staging. Participants have been thrilled to experience the plays "up close," to have the classroom transform into the site of dramatic rendition, and to feel taken up into the inner workings of the plays. There is always lively discussion, with the actors and among the "students." This year we expect to arrange a special morning or afternoon session with the cast, in Staunton, to accomplish these objectives (and maybe to discover some more besides!). Date and cost (no more than $20) TBD.
Note: This course does not meet on Tuesday, November 21.

Instructor Bio:

An independent academic, English teacher, and exercise instructor, Henry McHenry grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, graduated from Yale, and has taught for years in the Upward Bound program and as a substitute in Albemarle County schools. He holds a PhD in English Language, Literature, and Pedagogy from UVA and is the author of From Cognition to Being: Prolegomena for Teachers. Most recently, he leads an Athletic Conditioning course at Carver Recreation Center.

Required Reading:

Any text of the two plays. The inexpensive Signet editions have critical essays from various periods appended to each play.  Previous experience with Shakespeare is not prerequisite;  many of us are longtimers, but we welcome newcomers.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B11 Henry McHenry Jr. Oct 31, Nov 7, 14, 28, Dec 5, 12 Tu 10:00-11:30 a.m. Meadows Presbyterian Church A

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