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MEASURE FOR MEASURE: Act I, and Act II Scene 1 + 2

  • Oct 6, 2013 · 5:30 PM
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LIMIT is 9: (8 members + me = 9) A REPEAT of the Sept. 22 + Sept. 29 gatherings, to help open up gatherings to a maximum number of members. RSVPs will close when we reach 9.

The format will be one of providing guided teaching/presenting of Act I and Act II Sc. 1 =2 - with passages and quotes chosen for their poignancy and poetic beauty. The gathering is also focused on discussions of the universal social, philosophical and psychological insights in the play that we can dig up!

Afsaneh

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  • Clare D.

    I still love the description of "Snow broth" running through someones veins. I really enjoyed our deep discussion in to this very unusual play!

    October 15, 2013

    • Afsaneh M.

      Well... we've got "his urine is congealed ice" coming up in Part II... :- )) See you this Saturday.

      October 15, 2013

  • Peter G

    II,ii Isabella: "O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength,but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant"
    Our exploration of "Measure for Measure" linguistically, historically, and personally was very enjoyable. Thanks to all.

    October 8, 2013

    • Afsaneh M.

      Great quote, thank you! Afsaneh

      October 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I.iii.18: Duke. We have strict statutes and most biting laws,
    The needful bits and curbs to headstrong weeds,
    Which for this fourteen years we have let slip;
    Even like an o’ergrown lion in a cave,
    That goes not out to prey. The book I mentioned is: Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare, by Clare Asquith.

    Pg. 188: Shakespeare "spells out the precise dates of Angelo's revived statues, relating them closely to the anti-Catholic statues revived by Parliament in 1604 and reinforced by the Privy Council in 1605. One is '19 zodiacs old' like the 1585 'Act against Jesuits ... and suchlike Disobedient Persons' that made sheltering a priest a capital offence; the other, fourteen years old, matches the 'Proclamation' of October 1591, which invited the whole nation to hunt down recusants."

    http://www.amazon.com/Shadowplay-Beliefs-Politics-William-Shakespeare/dp/1586483870

    October 8, 2013

    • Afsaneh M.

      Very interesting all around, many thanks. Afsaneh

      October 8, 2013

  • Sonya L.

    Very good

    October 7, 2013

  • Afsaneh M.

    Welcome to "new" members: Marcy, Peter, Wilson, and Sonya, "returning" member Clare!
    I encouraged you to share a quote you enjoyed from the gathering - and here's mine - Isabella chiding Angelo's "pride." The reference to man's "glassy essence," the fact that God is mirrored in man, is my favorite part, and clearly, something Angelo is "ignorant" of, while becoming victim to his exposure to "brief authority":

    Isabella:
    But man, proud man,
    Dressed in a little brief authority,
    Most ignorant of of what he's most assured,
    His glassy essence, like an angry ape
    Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
    As makes the angels weep

    October 6, 2013

  • Robyn A.

    Hi Afsaneh and friends! I'm so sorry I won't be able to join you tonight :(. I am relocating to Australia in November/December, so with all the busyness of packing, selling my home, etc, I have not had a chance to even begin reading our play! I am hoping to catch up on my reading over the next few weeks, and hope to join you for the second meeting on the play. Have a wonderful time tonight, and hope to see you next time!! :)

    October 6, 2013

  • Afsaneh M.

    FYI everyone,
    Last year, the format of the Readings was two sittings per play. I am experimenting with doing the play in three sittings for this year, starting with "Measure for Measure."

    So, Sun. 10/06 will be one third of the Play:
    Act I, and Act II Scene 1 + 2

    Schedule (as always):

    5:30 Meet, Greet and Eat/Drink!
    6:00 Start
    7:15 (appx.) 10 minute BREAK
    8:30 Finish

    See you on Sunday 10/06!
    Afsaneh

    September 23, 2013

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