Would you like to learn more about Shakespeare’s plays? When they were written? Why they were written? Quirky facts about their stage history and what cool films have been made from the plays? If so, Shakesology is for you!
Shakesology is a 2 ½ hour special event to learn the history and context of Shakespeare’s work before viewing the play. Inspired by a program created at Shakespeare’s Globe and led by Shakespeare on the Square dramaturg, Dr. Jennifer Horn, each study session will showcase Shakespeare’s story and influences, as well as some of the choices that other productions have made and the background behind the two selections for this year’s Shakespeare on the Square productions. Members of the Stage Company artistic team will also discuss the current productions and their creative process. In 2016, we will be highlighting The Merry Wives of Windsor and King Lear. Join us at the Lawson McGhee Library downtown at 2:00 pm, for this engrossing and thought-provoking program, follow it with dinner downtown and then see a free performance of the featured play.
“One of the key elements of Shakespeare’s genius is that his plays are so open to different interpretations” said Horn. “Even if you’ve seen one production, you definitely haven’t seen them all.” Come find out about the crazy choices that can and have been made in productions of the plays, and prepare to amaze your friends with the trivia you learn.
Saturday, July 16, 2:00 PM – The Merry Wives of Windsor
Saturday, July 23, 2:00 PM – King Lear
Fun with Shakespeare
The Tennessee Stage Company offers a free, interactive and exciting children’s program in collaboration with the Knox County public libraries. Each May and June, we visit almost every library branch in Knox County to present a 50-minute interactive workshop on one of the plays from the current Shakespeare On The Square season. Performers from Shakespeare on the Square provide an exciting and fun environment for elementary-school age children to experience Shakespeare through immersive interactions with the actors. Fun, games, writing and acting all play a part in allowing the children to be introduced to and experience Shakespeare on many different levels.
Tennessee Stage Company is proud to participate in SHAKESFEST, an annual program by the Knox County Public Library and the Friends of the Knox County Public Library. Geared toward high school-aged students, this free program provides a fun way for high school students to appreciate Shakespeare’s work by spending an afternoon immersed in the literature and performance of William Shakespeare.
For more information go to: www.knoxlib.org/shakesfest.