West Hartford Public Library and the Capital Classics Theatre Company team up to bring you the Shakespeare Book Club. Join Capital Classics Artistic Associate and Professor of Theatre Geoffrey Sheehan in discussions of Shakespeare’s great works of theatrical literature.
The discussions will focus on literary elements, such as story, theme, and character, as well as theatrical staging ideas inspired by the texts. The Shakespeare Book Club gathers in the Meeting Room of the Noah Webster Library,20 South Main Street, West Hartford, at 7:00pm on the first Monday of most months (October through May).
No registration is needed to attend. The Club is open to any and all who have read or seen the play, and wish to discuss it. You may bring your own covered beverage or quiet snack to the meeting room.
2018-2019 SCHEDULE of CLUB MEETINGS
1st Mondays of the month. 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm Season Theme: Shakespeare Out Loud! Participants will choose passages from specifically selected plays to share out loud with the group for closer examination of Shakespeare’s use of language in those moments of human thought, passion, and action.
• Monday, October 1: Shakespeare Out Loud “Workshop”
Exploration of Shakespeare’s writing techniques and clues in the First Folio texts that help us deliver his written words more effectively. • Monday, November 5: Love & Comedy
Choose Passages from As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream • Monday, December 3: Love & Tragedy
Choose Passages from Romeo & Juliet and Othello • Monday, January 7: Politics
Choose Passages from Julius Caesar and Richard II • Monday, February 4: Magic: Dark & Light
Choose Passages from MacBeth and The Tempest • Monday, March 4: Henry! Henry! Henry! and Henry and Henry….
Choose Passages from any of the seven plays with “Henry” in the title.
(Henry IV, p.1; Henry IV, p.2; Henry V; Henry VI, p.1; Henry VI, p.2; Henry VI, p.3; Henry VIII) • Monday, April 1: April Fools!
Choose Passages from Shakespeare’s Fools and Clowns. (ex.: Touchstone-As You Like It; Launce & Speed-Two Gentlemen of Verona; Feste-Twelfth Night; Fool-King Lear; Lavatch-All’s Well That Ends Well; the two Dromios-The Comedy of Errors; Dogberry-Much Ado About Nothing; Stephano & Trinculo-The Tempest) • Monday, May 6: Family Spats
Choose Passages from Hamlet and King Lear
Your Isham Garage parking will be validated in the Library Meeting Room before the discussionhttp://bit.ly/libparking. Please go directly from the parking garage to the library to validate your parking using your license plate number.
Geoffrey Sheehan is currently a professor of Theatre Arts at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport where he also serves as the Theatre Arts Program Coordinator. Prior to his work at HCC, Geoffrey taught theatre in many Connecticut schools and youth programs. Geoffrey is also the co-founder and Artistic Associate with Capital Classics Theatre Company, home of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival produced every summer on the campus of the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT. Geoffrey received his B.FA. in Drama from UCONN and his M.A.L.S. in Theatre from Wesleyan University.