flickr image courtesy nyer82
flickr image courtesy nyer82

Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

In conjunction with Shakespeare on the Sounds’ 2012 season, Mark Schenker of Yale University will lead a lively discussion of Romeo and Juliet with a focus on a range of tensions in the play: between tragedy and comedy, parents and children, passion and responsibility, moral action and fate. He will also discuss the play in the context of Shakespeare’s time and our own, where Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers continue to flourish in classrooms, stage and movie productions, and in the imaginations of contemporary readers.

Copies of Romeo and Juliet will be available for participants’ use during the lecture and audience members may participate by reading parts from the play. It is not necessary to read the play in advance.

Shakespeare on the Sound will present Romeo and Juliet in Greenwich from June 26 – July 8 and in Rowayton from July 18 – July 29. Please see for more information to plan your visit.

Mark Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990. He is currently a Senior Associate Dean of the College and Dean of Academic Affairs. Born and raised in New York City, he received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia, New York University, and Trinity College (Hartford). He has led book discussion series in public libraries in Connecticut for over twenty-five years through programs sponsored by the Connecticut Humanities Council and lectures frequently on literary topics for public audiences. He was the recipient of the 2001 Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.

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