TSC Study Day: Merchant of Venice
The Shakespeare Company's Merchant of Venice Study Day
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Price: $15.00 + fees
Location: Boris Roubakine Recital Hall
University of Calgary - Craigie Hall C105
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TSCs Merchant of Venice Study Day (2:00 to 5:00 pm on 7th December at the Boris Roubakine Recital Hall) will be tied to our production of Shakespeares play (28th November to 8th December, in the University of Calgary's Reeve Theatre). Study Days are intended for adult learners, as a form of lifelong learning, but we will very happily welcome youth who are interested.
The focus of Study Days is on textual interpretation. Aided by a professor and several actors from the production, participants will consider how our appreciation may be enriched by academic and professional insight into Shakespeare and his work.
We are delighted that Darren Dyck, Assistant Professor of English Literature at Ambrose University, will lead this three-hour Study Day. He is a Shakespeare scholar well-rooted in the classics of English and ancient literature, who is above all committed to close textual reading and teaching in the liberal arts tradition.
In the first seminar hour, participants will consider the play in its context: what prompted Shakespeare to write The Merchant of Venice? Is it important that originally the play was also called The Jew of Venice? Is Shakespeares treatment of Shylock, especially towards the end of the play, anti-Semitic? And, perhaps most interestingly, is Shylock even the plays central character?
In the second hour, participants will get up close and personal with the language of Shakespeares text, looking at the poetry of the play to figure out how Shakespeare uses words. This may involve some small-group discussion.
In the final hour, we will be joined by TSCs Artistic Director, Haysam Kadri, and another actor (TBA) for a discussion and demonstration of how the text informs on-stage work.
The goal of Study Days is to help participants get more out of reading and viewing classical drama, as well as to contribute to the growth of a community of learners around The Shakespeare Company.
Please contact William French with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boris Roubakine Recital Hall (View)
University of Calgary Campus - Craigie Hall C105
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
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