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Shakespeare Book Club

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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 Shakespeare Book Club is now virtual! To join or for other inquiries, email bard@westhartfordlibrary.org

2020-2021 Season at WHPL

Shakespeare: A Passion For Power

First Monday Each Month at 7PM

The Capital Classics Theatre Company will focus on POWER for the seventh semester of its popular Shakespeare Book Club. All are welcome for this free, 9-month discussion series. Currently, we are hosting the series on Zoom. Each session will focus on specific Shakespeare characters with a passion for power: kings, queens, soldiers, senators, lovers, and more. Each session will combine group discussions and readings by Book Club participants from that month’s play.

2/1/21Soldiers and generals from Troilus & Cressida
3/1/21Antonio, and Sebastian; and Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo from The Tempest
4/5/21The conspirators from Julius Caesar
5/3/21That famous couple from Macbeth
6/7/21Duke Frederick from As You Like It, which Capital Classics will stage for the 30th anniversary of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival

Capital Classics Mission Statement: Capital Classics, a non-Equity professional theatre company, was founded in 1991 to enrich the cultural environment of Greater Hartford through the theatre arts. We are committed to providing classical entertainment that is affordable, accessible, and engaging; serving the community with cultural and educational programming; and providing job opportunities and training to Connecticut’s professional theatre artists.

Facilitator Geoffrey Sheehan

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.

To watch video recordings of Capital Classics Theatre Company Summer Sessions from 2020, watch the playlist through YouTube below.

1. The Taming of the Shrew
2. Queen Margaret
3. Athol Fugard’s “Victory”
4. The Scenes We Thought We Knew: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet
5. As You Like It
6. Calling Mom: Breathing, Enunciating, and Projecting for the Stage