Shakespeare In-Depth with Philippa Kelly

Join Cal Shakes’ Resident Dramaturg Dr. Philippa Kelly for a deep dive into five of Shakespeare’s most enduring and complex plays: Hamlet, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, and The Taming of the Shrew. 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?

Classes will take place on Zoom.

Shakespeare In-Depth with Philippa Kelly

Philippa giving a grove talk
Philippa Kelly giving a Grove Talk; photo courtesy of Kelly

For just $60 a play, attend two one-hour classes on Tuesday evenings and an additional one-hour informal study group on Saturday morning (for a total of 3 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. If you sign up for all 5 plays at once, you will also be invited to the live interview with Stephen Greenblatt.

Explore the syllabus to learn more!

Check out Philippa’s Run the Canon series to get a taste of her insight, and meet the Dramaturg herself in the new interview in the blog Aisle Seat Review


Julius Caesar:  The Arc of Destiny
Lectures: August 4 and 11, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Optional Study Group: August 15, 11:00 AM

Hamlet:  The Suits of Woe and the Too-Bright Word of Denmark
Lectures: August 18 and 25, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Optional Study Group: August 29, 11:00 AM

Measure for Measure:  Playing [with] God
Lectures: September 1 and 8, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Optional Study Group: September 12, 11:00 AM

King Lear:  De-Throning the Self from the Center of the Universe
Lectures: September 15 and 22, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Optional Study Group: September 26, 11:00 AM

The Taming of the Shrew:  
The “Hilarious Distress” of Physical Comedy vs. The Comedy of Happy Endings 
Lectures: September 29 and October 6, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Optional Study Group: October 10, 11:00 AM

Each play costs $60 (includes two one-hour classes and one one-hour study group).

All classes will be recorded.

National Endowment for the Humanities

This project is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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