SMART TOWNS: Shakespeare 101

April 14, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Rochester Hills Public Library

Adult, Arts & Culture

SMART TOWNS: Shakespeare 101
This program features scenes from such plays as Shakespeare’s Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors to introduce the audience to the ways in which the performance conditions of Shakespeare’s time period influenced his plays. The program will have a mix of story telling, performance, and history. The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company dedicates itself to the development of a high quality ensemble of actors. Actors who work together frequently develop an onstage and offstage trust and chemistry that results in better productions. The structure of acting companies in Shakespeare’s England created an atmosphere in which actors worked together over decades, developing their talents and instincts together, and sharing and passing down knowledge. The Company is made up of actors who have performed in at least four full-length productions in the previous three seasons. Shakespeare was one of the world's most influential writers. His prose, vocabulary, and wit influenced language and literature the world over. Additionally, his works, including plays and sonnets, provided lessons in politics, psychology, romance, revenge, and more. RHPL records Smart Towns programs (if presenters agree). Recordings are posted on the RHPL website (under UseTheLibrary/VideoLectures) two-four weeks after the presentation.  For more Smart Towns programs around the community, visit smarttowns.rhpl.org. Smart Towns is a lifelong learning program for everyone in the community led by educational organizations in Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township, Michigan. The Smart Towns partners work together to provide a unique series of programs exploring one theme or topic for one year. Lectures, presentations and courses introduce the participants to all aspects of the topic and are presented by experts in their respective fields of study. *** NOTE: This program was originally scheduled for Nov. 12, 2019.