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Spring 2021 Classes

Are You a Lover or a Fighter?

Either way, theatre scholar Dr. Miranda Johnson-Haddad has a class for you! Enjoy in-depth discussion of famous plays with fellow bookworms and theatre lovers.
 

 
Whether you’re a romantic who believes that “Parting is such sweet sorrow” or a pragmatist who thinks that “The course of true love never did run smooth,” join Dr. Miranda Johnson-Haddad just after Valentine’s Day as she explores Shakespeare’s understanding of love as it evolves over his plays. 
 

“Such Sweet Sorrow”: Shakespeare’s Contradictory Views of Love

Tuesday, February 16 from 6pm – 8pm PST
Tuesday, April 13 from 6pm – 8pm PST
New date added by popular demand!
 
Shakespeare’s Feste famously sings in Twelfth Night, “What is love?” It’s a question that intrigued the playwright throughout the course of his creative life (and, perhaps, his personal life as well), and some of his best-known and best-loved lines explore the nature of love. This fun and informative discussion will center on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, how Shakespeare’s earlier plays anticipate the depiction of love in Midsummer, and how his later plays continue to build on and at times depart from this depiction.
 

$35 for the session!

Invest in personal edification and vigorous discussion about your favorite plays while also investing in A Noise Within.
 
 

 
Join Dr. Miranda Johnson-Haddad for an epic evening exploring Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s An Iliad and the ways it both reflects and differs from Homer’s epic poem. No wooden horse needed to get into this class. 
 

Homer’s The Iliad and Peterson and O’Hare’s An Iliad: Why Are We Still in Love with War? 

Tuesday, March 2 from 6pm – 8pm PST
 
Homer’s epic The Iliad has long been considered a foundational text of Western literature and culture, and its larger-than-life heroes—Achilles, Odysseus, Paris, and Helen—are familiar figures even to those who have never read Homer’s poem. Yet what does it say about us as a society that an epic poem that represents an extended celebration of war should have such enduring influence upon our stories and our psyches? Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s play An Iliad sets out to answer this complicated question. Partly a performance of certain key scenes in Homer’s poem, partly a meditation upon the broader issues that the poem brings up, Peterson and O’Hare’s one-actor play offers a new and profoundly insightful way to engage with these topics.
 

$35 for the session!

Invest in personal edification and vigorous discussion about your favorite plays while also investing in A Noise Within.
 
 

 
These sessions are appropriate for all levels of experience and interest—students, teachers, those who are new to live theatre, and those who have been attending performances for decades. All participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts. 
 
It is not required to read the plays before the sessions, but for those who would like to, Dr. Johnson-Haddad recommends either the Folger or the David Bevington editions, both available from local booksellers as well as from Amazon.
 

$35 per session!

Invest in personal edification and vigorous discussion about your favorite plays while also investing in A Noise Within.
 
 

About Dr. Miranda Johnson-Haddad

ANW Consultant, Teacher, Speaker, and Writer (Program Materials and Study Guides) since 2009. ELSEWHERE: Consultant and Teacher for The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC; Scholar in Residence, The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC; Performance Editor, Shakespeare Quarterly (1996-2003). Dr. Johnson-Haddad has taught Shakespeare and Renaissance literature at Yale University, Vassar College, Howard University, and UCLA. She is the author of several articles on Shakespeare in performance, and she has reviewed numerous productions for Shakespeare Quarterly and Shakespeare Bulletin.