Shakespeare in the Quad

Shakespeare, from the student perspective, only begins to make sense really after one has acted his plays out. One learns line by line, struggling with the language; then there is the intonation, the framing of the shots, and the acting… It is a enormous amount of work.

This project allows students to take responsibility for staging an act from Romeo and Juliet for the teacher to film for them. The project is time-consuming, but by the time students have studies the text, figured out the staging, and acted out the play they know everything going on in the play: that is how it should be with Shakespeare, which can be like a foreign language to young adults (and not-so-young adults). I also allow students to stage the play in contemporary contexts, connecting the language of the past to the passion, hormones, and parental tensions which are endemic to youth.

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