From bastards to broken kings; weird sisters, hobgoblins, and headstrong French women, Shakespeare created a pantheon of abominations and outsiders through which to view the human condition. By exploring and encountering the “other,” we describe and shed light on that which we are not. And by placing the oddities in relief to the normative and the traditional, we see how their stories are tempered and defined by their opposites. Morality is sharpened by perversion. Loyalty by rebellion. Growth by decay and death.
This lecture is an introspective look at what insight is gained when the differences of Shakespeare’s most abnormal and grotesque characters are inspected.
Free and open to the public. This program is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and is sponsored by the English Department and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
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About Nebraska Shakespeare
Nebraska Shakespeare is producing its 32nd season, “Madness in Great Ones.” All five actors will be featured throughout the year in various productions. A staged reading of Edward III at the end of April, full productions of Much Ado About Nothing, and the Game of Thrones-esque King John this summer for Shakespeare on the Green, an all-female production of Julius Caesar in July presented by Sarah’s Juno’s Swans, and concluding the year with a fall tour to schools and communities of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
About the Guest Speaker
Vincent Carlson-Brown is the Artistic Director of Nebraska Shakespeare. He received a BA in Theatre in 2004 and an MA in British Literature in 2017 from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His Master’s Thesis, A War of Roses: A Reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Henry 6 Trilogy in Two Parts, has been nominated for the Elton S. Carter Excellence in a Master’s Thesis Award. Vincent has acted, directed, and designed violence for the theatre for 19 years. He was the Associate Literary Manager for the Queens Theatre for their 2015 season.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
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