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Sign up for the Shakespeare history plays marathon challenge!
No physical fitness required—this is a mental marathon you’re bound to enjoy!
From March, 2021 and into the Spring of 2022 we will be reading Shakespeare’s history plays in a historical chronology, rather than in the chronology of when the works were published or performed. (We’ll take a break from them over the summer of 2021, when we will dive into the comedies.) Shakespeare’s cycle of history plays spans more than three hundred years, including in its sweep the Hundred Year’s War (1337-1453) and the Wars of the Roses—fought between the houses of Lancaster and York (branches of the Plantagenet family) for the English throne—and the rise of the House of Tudor.
On this journey, Shakespeare acts as both chronicler and poet as he recounts the history of England through the lens of his imagination, sometimes inventing a memorable group of ordinary people who gather in a London Tavern and out of which arises a modern political leader, Prince Hal and sometimes inserting real historic facts. This collection of plays amounts to a pertinent commentary on the politics of the House of Tudor and is a cautionary tale of a divided world.
This and many other topics should engender some lively discussion in our meetings. Each semester I will provide a theme to bring focus to our conversations, and there will also be a few workshops peppered throughout the year to solidify our understanding of the plays we read—and to remind ourselves that Shakespeare was first and foremost a profound source of entertainment. Finally, at the end of the year we will have a trivia game on the history plays we read! Get ready!
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About Brave Spirits Theatre
Our guest workshop leader, Marshall Garrett, is the multi-talented director-in-residence of Brave Spirits Theater.
Founded in the DC region in 2011, Brave Spirits Theatre stages visceral and intimate productions of Shakespeare and his contemporaries with a focus on female artists and feminist perspectives. Our productions contrast the elegance of poetry with the basest elements of humanity, and work to tear down the perception of these plays as proper and intellectual, exploring the boundaries of human behavior. BST has produced six early modern plays never professionally staged in the DC region previously, including the first modern professional production anywhere in the world of Middleton and Dekker’s The Bloody Banquet. BST’s last season before the pandemic was a repertory of Richard the Second, Henry the Fourth Part 1, Henry the Fourth Part 2, and Henry the Fifth.