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King Lear – The Deepest, Darkest Play Ever Written
January 21 : 3:00 pm - January 28 : 4:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Monday, repeating indefinitely
No other play, perhaps no other work of art, carries us so deeply into the darkest places of the soul. In the company of no other play do we go there so willingly and with such painful pleasure. This is Shakespeare’s most sublime and magnetic verse laid at the service of two intertwined stories, where the struggles within two families reflect the struggles which pervade the world. This two-session course will explore the play as a whole, and specifically the way in which we can use the Aristotelian triad of Ethos, Logos, Pathos to understand it more fully.
Jonathan Epstein is an associate professor of classical performance at the Asolo Conservatory of Florida State University. As an actor he has performed on and offBroadway, in London’s West End, and at dozens of regional theatres across the country, but is best known for his 25-year association as actor, director and teacher with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. He was text and sonnet teacher in more than 30 of the company’s month-long workshops for professional actors and has been teaching Shakespeare courses at the Education Center for the last three seasons.