We are a group who enjoy Shakespeare and are curious to learn about him and his work.
Our meetings are informal and easy going. We create an environment where it's safe to ask questions, discuss them, agree, disagree (nicely), protest (if done gracefully), and laugh: no one has cried yet, but we haven't read any tragedies ;-) The goal here is to enjoy his work and have fun.
Normally we spread each play over two Meetups. We moved our location from Pleasanton to Fremont because we now have members coming from the Peninsula. Our current venue is Peet's Coffees & Tea in Fremont, which currently is central to the members who attend our Meetups. As more members join we are open to moving to other locations that would be more convenient for the active members.
We also have Meetups where we go to see plays, museum exhibits, and other activities related to Shakespeare and his times.
Occasionally we will also delve into the life and times of Elizabethan England including work by his contemporaries such as Kyd, Marlowe, and Webster.
For the book discussions any edition written in the original Shakespearian English is fine. However, it's strongly recommended that your edition have line numbers (trying to discuss the plays without being able to refer to line numbers is inefficient and difficult).
Many fine editions are available and libraries often have a good selection. Nice inexpensive editions are available by Folger, Signet, and New Cambridge. If you're interested in a more thorough and scholarly discussion of the plays I recommend Arden, Norton, and Oxford. Beware of "print on demand" versions available on Amazon and other websites. These editions are often poorly edited and formatted, and are often unreadable.