Monday, September 28, 2015

Upcoming Event: SHAKESPEARE APPRECIATION : The Merchant of Venice



With  Patti Houghton-Arrison

Wednesday Evenings:

September 30th   October 28th
6:30 PM    8 PM

Saturday, November 7th, 2 – 4 PM

Patti Houghton-Arrison studied English and Art History at Smith College and received her master's degree in English from UVM.   For many years she worked as the rare book specialist at Dartmouth's Special Collections Library,  which has an extensive collection of early printings of Shakespeare's plays, including the First Folio of 1623.

This discussion group is designed for those who have never read Shakespeare's plays and are afraid to try them on their own.  Patti wants participants to discover how easy it is to read and enjoy Shakespeare. We will read together, usually one act per week, stopping whenever we want to discuss what is happening in the play. Patti will provide help in understanding the language and the poetic form, but wants all members of the group to feel comfortable participating. This fall's selection, The Merchant of Venice, should provoke lively discussions, because it has acquired a somewhat controversial reputation over its 500 year history.  We will end with a special, Saturday afternoon session, during which we will critique clips from movies and stage productions.

Sponsored by the Friends of the
Springfield Town Library