The Tragedy of King Richard the Third, by William Shakespeare ~ FEB 26, 2022 at 7:00PM

$35.00

Presented by Arlene Okerlund, Ph.D., in person and via live video stream with interactive Q&A.

Tickets: $35.  YOU MAY CHOOSE THE VIDEO STREAM OR IN-CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE. FOR THE VIDEO STREAM, ONLY ONE TICKET PER HOUSEHOLD IS NECESSARY.  CLASSROOM TICKETS ARE $35 PER PERSON. (PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASSROOM SEATING IS LIMITED.)

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Shakespeare’s art begins with facts. But his rhetoric, imagery, and plots convert selected facts into general insights about universal human experiences. The historical Richard III becomes a fictional character who represents the iconic Machiavel, a power-seeking potentate for whom the end justifies any means. Shakespeare uses history and myth to create universal and transcendant truths about humanity. Analyzing Shakespeare’s language will illuminate how his art transcends life.

Arlene Okerlund, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of English at San Jose State University, specializes in Shakespeare and in Medieval/Renaissance studies. She twice taught in SJSU’s Semester-Abroad-in England where she loved studying Shakespeare and English history on site. During retirement, she has published biographies of England’s first Yorkist queen, Elizabeth Wydeville, in Elizabeth: England’s Slandered Queen, and the first Tudor queen (mother of Henry VIII), in Elizabeth of York.

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