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What we're about

This Meetup group will operate under the assumption that Shakespeare's plays and poetry continue to make worthwhile contributions to the realms of entertainment and literature, and to audiences and artists today. All interested in the Bard and his canon---ladies, lords, players, free men, free women, married men and/or married women, teachers, tyrants, thinkers, students, scientists, believers, atheists, mortals, fools... ---ALL are most welcome.

2017-2018 - Round 2 (Historical Time of Action):

1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2. The Two Noble Kinsmen

3. Troilus and Cressida

4. King Lear

5. Coriolanus

6. The Comedy of Errors

7. Timon of Athens

8. Pericles, Prince of Tyre

9. Julius Caesar

10. Antony and Cleopatra

11. Cymbeline

12. Titus Andronicus

13. Love’s Labour's Lost

14. Hamlet

15. Macbeth

16. King John

17. The Two Gentlemen of Verona

18. As You Like It

19. Romeo and Juliet

20. Edward III

21. Richard II

22. All’s Well That Ends Well

23. Henry IV, Part I

24. Henry IV, Part II

25. The Merry Wives of Windsor

26. Henry V

27. Henry VI, Part I

28. Henry VI, Part II

29. Henry, VI, Part III

30. Richard III

31. Measure for Measure

32. Henry VIII

33. Arden of Faversham

34. The Winter's Tale

35. Much Ado About Nothing

36. The Merchant of Venice

37. Othello

38. Taming of the Shrew

39. Twelfth Night

40. The Tempest


Round 1 (Retired List):

Beginning Saturday, the 1st of November 2014, the moderator aims to hold weekly meetings with members of this group. She wishes to focus on all the plays one by one, beginning with The Comedy of Errors. The primary aim is to understand clearly why so many scholars have claimed Shakespeare's texts as context for modern thoughts and conventions, and, as some dare say, for modern humanity itself. The moderator wishes to challenge the group not only to understand the literature critically, but also to think creatively by exploring connections within the world of a single play, between the plays in the collection, and between the collection and the worlds outside of it.

Here is the suggested order for the plays:

'The Early Comedies'
1. The Comedy of Errors
2. The Taming of the Shrew

3. The Two Gentlemen of Verona

'The First Histories'
4. Henry VI
5. King John
6. Richard III
'The Apprentice Tragedies'
7. Titus Andronicus

8. Romeo and Juliet
9. Julius Caesar

'The High Comedies'
10. Love's Labour's Lost
11. A Midsummer Night's Dream
12. The Merchant of Venice

13. Much Ado About Nothing
14. As You Like It
15. Twelfth Night

'The Major Histories'
16. Richard II

17. Henry IV

18. The Merry Wives of Windsor
19. Henry V

'The "Problem Plays"’
20. Troilus and Cressida

21. All's Well That Ends Well
22. Measure for Measure

'The Great Tragedies'
23. Hamlet

24. Othello

25. King Lear

26. Macbeth

27. Antony and Cleopatra

'Tragic Epilogue'
28. Coriolanus
29. Timon ofAthens

'The Late Romances'
30. Pericles

31. Cymbeline

32. The Winter's Tale

33. The Tempest

34. Henry VIII

35. The Two Noble Kinsmen

Depending on size and interest, the group will cycle through for a second go at the cannon starting in June.

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