In the context of movie moguls, opera stars, actors, and television anchors being caught in the web of the #MeToo movement, and in the light of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novels, The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments, Shakespeare's complex play Measure for Measure is as resonant as it has ever been. When her brother is condemned to die, a novice nun appeals to Verona's Puritanical new leader for mercy. He will grant it, but demands a shocking price, as lust corrupts his moral certitude. Written 400 years before #MeToo, Isabella's dilemma is a powerful, complex, and timely story.
In this two-part course we will go behind the scenes at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's beautiful theater on South Calvert Street to delve into the background of the play and meet with producer Lesley Malin. Then, we will attend a performance of the play and have the opportunity for a talkback.
Enrollment is limited, so register early!
912.584.01 Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Lecture: Saturday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Performance and talkback: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m. (Please arrive by 1:15 p.m.)
JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% tuition remission; spouse for 50%. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more information.