Introduction to Shakespeare’s Tragedies
Shakespeare’s tragedies are plays of great sweep and wrenching emotions that examine issues of morality, honor, loyalty to the state and self. We will look at five of these plays to get a sense of what happens in each, as well as what issues lie under the surface. Alan Irvine will present the basic story of each play we examine, so the class is a good introduction for someone planning to attend or read one of these plays for the first time, as well as a chance to delve a little deeper for those familiar with them.
Alan Irvine*, PhD, is a local director, playwright, and storyteller. He has directed Henry V and The Tempest for PSIP, for whom he also serves as the long-time host of the Bring Your Own Bard reading series. He writes and directs numerous Shakespeare related shows for Brawling Bard Theater. As a storyteller, he adapts and performs the stories of Shakespeare's plays. Registration Required.