Book Club

SHAKESPEARE DALLAS BOOK CLUB

Shakespeare Dallas has launched a new 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 War of the Roses (May 15-16, 2021) at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre.

Reserve each book club individually or save 10 percent by purchasing all 4 sessions in advance ($610 members, $720 non-members).

 

 

JANUARY BOOK CLUB: HENRY VI, PART 1

Following the death of his father, Henry V, the young Henry VI is proclaimed king but his uncles, the Dukes of Gloucester and Exeter, are the ones who hold power.

When: January 19, January 26 and February 2 at 6:30pm

Where: Virtual event on Zoom 

Cost: $170 for members | $200 for non-members

FEBRUARY BOOK CLUB: HENRY VI, PART 2

Despite the new peace between England and France, the English court is still divided. Now a duke, Suffolk’s influence is growing, both at court and with his lover, Queen Margaret.

When: February 16, February 23, March 2 at 6:30pm

Where: Virtual event on Zoom 

Cost: $170 for members | $200 for non-members

MARCH BOOK CLUB: HENRY VI, PART 3

Having won the battle of St Albans, the Duke of York, Richard Plantagenet, sits on the throne of England.

When: March 23, March 30, April 2 at 6:30pm

Where: Virtual event on Zoom 

Cost: $170 for members | $200 for non-members

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