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"Romeo and Juliet" recap and announcing "Cymbeline"

From: Andrew J.
Sent on: Monday, April 2, 2012 8:29 AM

Our reading of Romeo and Juliet on Saturday was fantastic and very emotional - one of the best all round sets of performances so far, with some really heartfelt readings. Afterwards we had a great discussion about (amongst other things) the backstory of Mercutio, and how hilariously funny the play is in places.

From a comical tragedy involving a death-mimicking sleeping potion to a tragical comedy involving a death-mimicking sleeping potion. Next time: In pre-Roman Britain, King Cymbeline has had (twenty years prior to the events of the play) his two sons Guiderius and Arviragus stolen by traitorous (and banished) courtier Belarius. His daughter Imogen secretly marries a gentlemen with the fantastic name of Posthumus Leonatus, who his himself banished when Cymbeline finds out about the elopement. Posthumus then makes a bet with his new Roman acquaintance Iachimo that the latter cannot seduce the faithful Imogen - what could possibly go wrong?

It's not one of Shakespeare's better known plays but it's a lot of fun. Last time we read it someone described it as "a great, big, ungainly fairy tale". There's themes of innocence and jealousy, disguises, fake poison and even a brief appearance from the king of the gods himself!

My house is easy to get to from the #2, #8 and #11 bus lines and there is plentiful free street parking. You're welcome to bring whatever you'd like to eat and/or drink. I'm aware that some people might be hesitant to meet at a private house rather than a public place (especially those who haven't been to a reading before) - if this describes you please let me know (the more people we have for whom this is the case, the harder I'll try to find a new location).

For more details, see the full listing: http://www.meetup.com/shakespeare-50/events/58902402/

When: Saturday, April 21,[masked]:00 PM (note it's 3 weeks after the previous one rather than the usual 2).

Where: Andrew's house, Madison Valley

104 31st Ave E (between E Denny Way and E John St, the brown house with 2 car garage)

Seattle, WA 98112

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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 and at a pinch there's always somebody who doesn't mind sharing.

The play will probably take about 3 hours to read. With distribution of parts, introductions, interval and discussion, we'll probably be done by about 5:30pm.

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