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Throughout the year, enjoy fascinating lectures, performances, and discussions about exciting topics in Shakespeare’s plays. Select from the months below for information on upcoming lectures and topics.

 

 

Shakespeare and Politics

Led by scholar-in-residence, Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017; 6pm-7pm
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia; 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Parkway Central Library); Room 108
Admission: Free with advance registration
Parking: Metered street parking, and nearby garages and lots

Was Shakespeare a populist or a royalist, a liberal or a conservative? Do the plays present some unified grand theory of government, politicians, and power? Can the plays shed light on the complicated political issues of 2017? The answer to at least that last question is “absolutely!” This lecture will explore political choices and consequences in a range of plays, from the histories to the romances, as well as tackle the question of whether politicized readings of early modern plays even makes sense.

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*Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

Revenge Tragedies

Led by scholar-in-residence, Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017; 6pm-7pm
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia; 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Parkway Central Library); Room 108
Admission: Free with advance registration
Parking: Metered street parking, and nearby garages and lots

Revenge dramas have always been appealing, from Seneca’s plays in Ancient Rome to the 21st century television show Revenge. And in the late 16th and early 17th century, revenge was a consistent hit on the early modern stage. This lecture will investigate the various developments of the genre, including looking at Shakespeare’s two versions — Titus Andronicus and Hamlet.

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*Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

Magic in Shakespeare

Led by scholar-in-residence, Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017; 6pm-7pm
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia; 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Parkway Central Library); Room 108
Admission: Free with advance registration
Parking: Metered street parking, and nearby garages and lots

 

Everyone knows the witches from Macbeth and the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream but magic shows up in over a quarter of the plays, and is referenced even in plays that have no magic in them. Shakespeare seemed fascinated by magic, more so than most of his contemporaries. This lecture will explore how Shakespeare’s audience would have thought about magic and then look at examples, both familiar and unusual, of magic in the plays.

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*Photo by Kendall Whitehouse


 

 

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