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Close Reading of King Lear
NEW READING ROOM! Fashion Outlets mall at the south end of Cerrillos: 8380 Cerrillos Road, Unit 404. Enter through the main entrance (see photo above). Once inside, turn RIGHT. Go past the cafe on the LEFT — you'll see outdoor tables under beautiful trees. On the LEFT is unit 404 with a blue sign: Theater Grottesco. John Flax/Theater Grottesco is allowing us to rent their rehearsal room on Sunday mornings! Yay! PLEASE, NO DOGS! We are renting the space and need to be good guests, plus some people are allergic. Thank you! . . . . . . . . . . Join us for a close and intimate reading of Shakespeare's most profound yet bleak play, a tale of family dynamics, political maneuvering, lust and betrayal, redemption (maybe?). If you are new to Shakespeare, you'll be surprised how easy it is to join in as we read very slowly, making sure we understand every word and line before moving on. It creates a rich understanding and a close community! We are preparing to be a well-read audience for the September 2018 ISC performance of King Lear.

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8380 Cerrillos Road · Santa Fe, NM

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If you think you know a lot about Shakespeare, try a close read and see what unexpected treasures appear! If you are new to Shakespeare, this is a great way to be introduced to why the plays are considered so great.

This is a non-academic discussion and non-performance-based reading! We read aloud and talk about it, and everyone finds they have insights to share. Silent readers are also most welcome! Feel free to drop in and check it out.

There is a $5 fee per person per Sunday, payable at the door (cheaper than yoga or a dog-training session!).

We have two reading groups, a morning and an afternoon group.

The Morning Close Readers meet from 11 to 1 every Sunday morning. Exactly what we do is explained below, “What we do at a Shakespeare Close Read.”

The Afternoon Close Readers meet from 1:30 to 3:30 every Sunday afternoon.

Please provide a first and last name (even if it is not your real last name) so we can tell apart people with the same first names! It is also extremely thoughtful if you provide an actual photo of yourself so other members in the community can recognize you. Thank you!

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What we do at a Shakespeare Close Read

Our group is very non-intimidating. No one HAS to read—we have many people who have never read a line but thoroughly enjoy listening and participating in the discussion. Some people have been coming for years and never said a word and that’s just fine too!

Each week we carefully go through about 175–200 lines. We stop after every couple of lines and make sure we know what it means, how it relates to the play, what we learned, what we see, etc. With all these bright minds, we all discover amazing riches that we hadn't noticed before.

The following week we first read straight through the section we closely read the week before. Then we start the close read. We have a short break at noon.

Post-it notes are on the board with the character names for those who want to read. You just grab a part as you come in if you want to read aloud.

Robin, who usually facilitates, makes a BEEP sound to interrupt and open clarification and/or discussion. Anyone can also beep at any time if they need clarification or want to comment, although she beeps VERY often!

We have readers of all levels and no one is discouraged or corrected.

We have extra copies of the play for visitors to borrow. You'll find it's a very welcoming group with no pressure whatsoever. No one will ever put you on the spot! Come join us, even if you’re just passing through town!

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