Shakespeare Dallas offers an exciting opportunity for our audiences to meet and discuss Shakespeare’s plays. Ever wonder how an acting company prepares to stage a Shakespeare play? What method of text analysis and discussion take place in the rehearsal hall to allow an actor to perform a Shakespearean role to the best of their ability? If you missed out on our previous Book Clubs, you are invited to experience that process at our newest series which studies The War of the Roses.
In the early 1590s, the Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare wrote a series of four plays based on the people and events of The War of the Roses. Because Shakespeare is today considered one of the greatest writers in the English language, his four plays, although never intended as objective works of history, have heavily influenced modern perceptions of the course, nature, and personalities of the civil wars. The plays, Henry VI Part 1, Henry VI Part 2, Henry VI Part 3, and Richard III, cover the period from the funeral of Henry V in 1422 to the death of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
Led by Associate Artistic Director Jenni Stewart and actor/scholar T.A. Taylor, Book Club gatherings are comfortable, fun and promise great discussions. Book club participants will receive a copy of the unabridged Folger edition of the Book Club’s chosen work, a copy of the abridged acting script, a copy of The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones, an invitation behind the scenes to rehearsals for The War of the Roses, and free admission (with exclusive reserved seating) for a live, socially-distanced performance of The Wars of the Roses (May 22-23, 2021) at Samuell-Grand Amphitheater.
APRIL BOOK CLUB: RICHARD III
A story of jealousy, manipulation and deceit based on Sir Thomas More’s unfinished – and largely untrue – History of King Richard III.
When: April 27, May 4, May 11 at 6:30pm
Where: Virtual event on Zoom
Cost: $170 for members | $200 for non-members