Shakespeare Reading Group: THE TEMPEST
William Shakespeare's The Tempest ~ a six-week workshop
6-7:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, February 6-March 13
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.
Led by veteran English teacher Sally Frostic, this six-week reading group is for both first-time and experienced Shakespeare readers. It is for people might like to do some out loud reading, acting or presenting, as well as people who might like to read and listen only. The overall emphasis is on enjoyment of The Tempest -- discussing, reading brief excerpts together and learning about the playwright and his world. The workshop is designed to stimulate enjoyment and discussion, and be attuned to group interests and needs, with participation by everyone.
ABOUT THE TEMPEST
William Shakepeare is thought to have written The Tempest in 1610–11. It was performed at court on November 1, 1611.
Putting romance onstage, The Tempest gives us a magician, Prospero, a former duke of Milan who was displaced by his treacherous brother, Antonio. Prospero is exiled on an island, where his only companions are his daughter, Miranda, the spirit Ariel, and the monster Caliban. When his enemies are among those caught in a storm near the island, Prospero turns his power upon them through Ariel and other spirits.
The characters exceed the roles of villains and heroes. Prospero seems heroic, yet he enslaves Caliban and has an appetite for revenge. Caliban seems to be a monster for attacking Miranda, but appears heroic in resisting Prospero, evoking the period of colonialism during which the play was written. Miranda's engagement to Ferdinand, the Prince of Naples and a member of the shipwrecked party, helps resolve the drama.
ABOUT SALLY FROSTIC
Sally returns to Bud Werner Memorial Library for a Shakespeare reading encore after her past Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Henry V workshops garnered rave reviews. Sally taught honors English at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois, for 25 years. She has an M.A. in Literature and Theology from the University of Chicago. Her special interests include Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dante and great contemporary writers who explore universal themes. She and her husband divide their time between Chicago and Steamboat Springs.
WANT TO JOIN THE TEMPEST READING GROUP?
The workshop is limited to 25 participants!
Participants are asked to commit to the reading and attend most of the sessions. To sign up, you must contact Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay directly by email or by calling 879-0240 x 317. Once your space is confirmed, further information will follow.
The Library will provide copies of The Tempest to loan to all participants. It is requested that participants read ACT ONE before the first session. And remember the following caveat from Sally: "As in years past, do not be concerned if you cannot understand this language -- we will work it out together."