CORIOLANUS: Act I, II + half of III

LIMIT is 9:  (8 members + me = 9) -  RSVPs will be closed then. However, a  "repeat" gathering may be opened on the following Sunday - Jan. 27th.

The format will be one of providing guided teaching/presenting of Act 1, 2, and half of 3 of "Coriolanus" - while providing space for the group to discuss favorite quotes and passages, chosen for their poignancy and poetic beauty. The gathering is also focused on discussions of the universal social, spiritual and psychological - and in this case "political" insights that we can dig up!


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  • Tamar

    Coriolanus is very relatable to our modern relationships in every level. Power, Pride, Honor, Compassion, all elements within all of us; and yes history repeats itself.
    Once again, Afsaneh put in loads of effort in preparing and in-depth analysis of the play. Looking forward to the remainder of the Acts.

    January 20, 2013

  • Betsy L.

    Great! Asfaneh, you do so much work for this meetup, and it is very much appreciated. I know I will get so much more out of seeing the play or the movie than I have in the past.

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome experience. Interesting approach to Shakespare and his work!

    January 20, 2013

  • Afsaneh M.

    We welcomed three new members: Adaorah, Ken and David - and together with Betsy and Tamar who are now the backbone of the gatherings, ploughed through the material! Remember, TS Eliot is quoted as saying that he found the character of Coriolanus to be more intriguing than that of "Hamlet". The deeper we're getting into the play, the better we are seeing the contradictions and complexities of Coriolanus' - pride, honor, his contempt for the common folk, humility, major mother issues and more.

    January 20, 2013

  • Betsy L.

    Afsaneh and members of the Shakespeare Lovers Meetup -- take a look at Paul Theroux's article in this past Saturday's New York Times--he quotes from Coriolanus, of all plays. Betsy

    January 13, 2013

    • Afsaneh M.

      Thanks, Betsy. Curious... Paul Theroux seems to have gotten exhausted by the Singaporians he lived amongst and was teaching - his contempt for them, being similar to Coriolanus's contempt for the common people, if in your head, "tyranny of the masses" resonates - ie. you think their opinions are too ignorant to matter.

      January 14, 2013

    • Afsaneh M.

      Oh- I was going to add. That's the beauty of "Coriolanus" - the man, as a member of the Nobility, hates the masses, the common people. On one level, a proud snob, but on another level, Shakespeare makes sure to represent the masses as fickle in their opinions, and open to being swayed. So... you just don't know who to side with. That's what I'm finding compelling....

      January 14, 2013

  • Afsaneh M.

    "Coriolanus" starts with an "uprising" in Rome - the Citizens/Plebeians vs. the Nobility/Patricians - with the common man having reached the end of his tether. When a Patrician asks that they stop their revolt, to "undo" themselves, one of the citizens responds:
    "We cannot sir, we are undone already."

    The play is set in pre-Imperial Roman days of Roman city-states and it's amazing how over and over in history, from 2500 years ago to today, this theme of an "uprising" - once the masses feel "undone" rears itself in human history.

    And "Uprising" was also one of my favorite recent songs - by the UK band "Muse" - It won a Grammy in 2011 for Best Rock Album and the below song is pretty cool.... The anger in the line: "rise up and take the power back, it's time the fat cats had a heart attack" could be right out of the first scene in "Coriolanus!" (Great song.)


    January 4, 2013

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