Shakespeare In-Depth with Philippa Kelly

Shakespeare In-Depth Returns in January 2022!

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly returns with a new round of Shakespeare In-Depth!  Explore themes of family, identity, and legacy by delving into classics like Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and Hamlet, while also touching lesser-performed works like Coriolanus and The Merchant of Venice. Approaching each text with the same rich, immersive knowledge she brings to her beloved Grove Talks, Philippa will explore the vital question: what makes these plays so potent for the moment we are living in right now?

Most classes will also include a performance by a beloved Bay Area actor or a visit from a special guest.

Classes will be recorded and take place on Zoom.

Shakespeare In-Depth with Philippa Kelly

Philippa giving a grove talk
Philippa Kelly giving a Grove Talk; photo by Jay Yamada

For just $40 a play, attend one-hour classes on Tuesday evenings and an additional one-hour informal study group on Saturday morning (for a total of 2 hours of learning per play) to unpack all the intricacies of each classic giving you the opportunity to connect with Philippa in an intimate setting. 


The Family in Shakespeare
What families mean in Shakespeare’s plays: inheritance, adoption, education, identity. Plus, where are the mothers in Shakespeare?
Lecture: January 25, 5:30-6:30 PM
Study Group: January 29, 11:00 AM

Obstreperous Fathers: Romeo and Juliet and King Lear
Why fathers set the play’s paradoxes in motion
Lecture: February 1, 5:30-6:30 PM
Study Group: February 5, 11:00 AM

Making New Textual “Families” 
Romeo and Juliet and King Lear and textual adaptation the what, the why, the where, the when.
Lecture: February 8, 5:30-6:30 PM
Study Group: February 12, 11:00 AM

Identities and Legacies, Heroes and Anti-heroes
Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, and Coriolanus
Lecture: February 15, 5:30-6:30 PM
Study Group: February 19, 11:00 AM

The Means, Meaning, and Measure of Music in Shakespeare
Lecture: February 22, 5:30-6:30 PM
Study Group: February 26, 11:00 AM

The Bourne from which No Traveler Returns
Death in Shakespeare and how it shapes dramatic arcs
Lecture: March 1, 5:30-6:30 PM
Study Group: March 5, 11:00 AM

Backstories in Shakespeare – Histories Across Tragedies
Lecture: March 8, 5:30-6:30 PM
Study Group: March 12, 11:00 AM

The Author for our Times? Why Does it Matter who Shakespeare was or wasn’t?
Lecture: March 15, 5:30-6:30 PM
Study Group: March 19, 11:00 AM

Each play costs $40 (includes one-hour classes and one one-hour study group).

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