Three Tall Women: Stars in Shakespeare’s Firmament

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Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 6-week course begins 5/18 (*note: class meetings are two hours)

Of the varied collection of women that William Shakespeare created in his oeuvre of long-lasting plays, one wonders which were his favorites. This six-session course will focus on three women whose very presence in their respective plays always draws action focus and captivates audiences. We shall meet these women with the goal of focusing on their strengths, their Achilles heel, their desires or ambitions, their needs and their successes: ROSALIND in As You Like It, ISABELLA in Measure for Measure and KATE in The Taming of the Shrew.  Will they all rise to the honorific “star quality” as favorites of the Bard?  Required reading: Student’s preference of play edition. Full texts provided on-line.  Joseph Coté has performed featured roles in fourteen of the Bard’s plays. His mentor and acting teacher for some years was John Broome of the Royal Shakespeare Company. At MSC he has taught multiple courses that focus on individual characters within the greater landscape of a play in an effort to understand the details of their journey through the play.