Anyone can understand Shakespeare. If you saw last week’s video (which has become something of an internet sensation), you know even a fourth grader can be passionate about Shakespeare. We hope the video was funny (if you missed it, scroll down this page a bit and watch it), but it gets at one of our core values: these plays are for everyone.
Anxiety may lead some to believe Shakespeare is not for them, and others may believe the plays are not worth the work Shakespeare can demand of the audience. We value the complexity of the plays, the scope of Shakespeare’s world view and the compassion with which he views the human experience. Yes, taking in a play by Shakespeare is more challenging than watching an episode of “Iron Chef.”
We are committed to doing whatever it takes to help others discover the joy and the reward of meeting a complex work of art head on. To you who are already on board, we hope to deepen your experience of the plays.
On the final weekend of the season, professionals will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, Part 1 and The Fantasticks; Apprentice actors from training programs across the country will perform King Lear; and two dozen middle and high school students will perform The Winter’s Tale. Renowned scholar Dr. Peter Saccio will lecture, and we’ll have our usual Company Conversations and Festival Mornings.
Educational programming is not just something GRSF does in addition to the shows; it is built into the very structure of our season. Indeed, education is a core value of GRSF’s mission.
To read more: visit GRSF.org/Education