Acting the Bard: The Merchant of Venice

Course Dates: 
8 weeks: March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15
Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m.
James Reid
Course Catalogs: 
2019 Spring

Participants will rehearse and act out a shortened version of this classic play that is particularly relevant today. In addition to anti-Semitism, it deals with issues of gender, sexual orientation and, of course, mercy. Emphasis will be on faithful portrayals of the characters and their motivations. Participants will hone their abilities to inhabit the characters in a classic play and to become at ease speaking Shakespeare's language and verse. Required text: A Dramatized Recording of The Merchant of Venice, ARKANGEL/BBC Audiobooks America (or comparable product) and a version of the play printed from an online source.

Course outline

Instructor: James Reid ( spent his career in higher education as a faculty member and administrator. His degree is in political science, but he is self-educated in dramatic literature and the thespian arts. Jim has taught Acting the Bard at College for Seniors before and is the immediate past chair of The Autumn Players.