|Sent on:||Saturday, December 10, 2011 8:38 PM|
"The Taming" seems to be a rather sexist and misogynistic play at first glance, with ideas like "women are like wild animals that need to be tamed" and "a good wife should be obedient". But in the discussion afterwards we came to the conclusion that maybe we aren't necessarily expected to sympathize with the characters who espouse these ideas. We wondered about the family dynamics behind Kate's "shrewishness" and just what was going through Petruchio's mind.
Next time: Troilus and Cressida are Trojans in love. But Cressida is exchanged for a Trojan prisoner of war As he attempts to visit her in the Greek camp, Troilus glimpses Diomedes flirting with his beloved Cressida, and decides to avenge her perfidy. Meanwhile, Agamemnon (the leader of the Greeks) and his cohorts attempt to get the proud Achilles to return to battle and face Hector, who sends the Greeks a letter telling them of his willingness to engage in one-on-one combat with a Greek soldier. Ajax is originally chosen as this combatant, but makes peace with Hector before they are able to fight. Achilles is prompted to return to battle only after his friend and (according to some of the Greeks) lover, Patroclus, is killed by Hector before the Trojan walls. A series of skirmishes conclude the play, during which Achilles catches Hector and has the Myrmidons kill him. The conquest of Troy is left unfinished, as the Trojans learn of the death of their beloved hero.
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When: Saturday, December 17,[masked]:00 PM
Where: Inner Chapters Bookstore & Cafe
419 Fairview Ave N (between Republican & Harrison)
Seattle, WA 98109
We'll be at the back of the shop, in the children's section.
It's not necessary to read the play beforehand, but it's easier to understand what's going on if you familiarize yourself with the plot first. Please bring copies of the text if you have them, but if you don't then don't worry about it - someone might bring multiple copies, there might be copies.
The play will probably take just over 2.5 hours to read. With distribution of parts and discussion, you should plan to park until at least 4:30pm. There is plenty of metered street parking available for about $5. If that's high enough that it would prevent you from coming, let me know and I'll work something out.