Using two of Shakespeare’s comedies, moderators John and Jessica Fullerton will lead a discussion on love and marriage. In society, acceptable matches are made for economic and societal advantage, but the young rebel against this. After much hilarious deception and flouting of convention, in the end, all return to convention to live happily ever after. Is conforming to societal customs the key to a successful marriage? In Taming of the Shrew, must Kate be tamed to be won? What about Petruchio? Though he believes he is domesticating Kate, is he being tamed as well? In Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice and Benedict’s wisecracking sizzles with attraction, but until a trick is played on them they resist falling in love. Can deception be the path to true love?
Readings: Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing
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