This late Shakespearean tragedy is no Hamlet; perhaps that is part of its fascination. Although Timon is as flawed as Shakespeare's other tragic figures, Timon of Athens is a tragedy of ideas in which Shakespeare illustrates contrasting modes of excessive conduct. As Timon careens between ostentatious display of wealth to abject poverty, his friends - poets, painters, merchants, politicians, courtesans, and sycophants - blow hot and cold. Vices such as worldly folly and covetousness were central to the Medieval Morality plays the young Shakespeare could have been familiar with.
This class will look at how Shakespeare is reaching back to earlier ideas in structuring Timon of Athens's contrasting modes of excess. The play's imperfections as well as its strengths will be explored.
The lecture will take place in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. The registration fee is $20. For more information and to register, visit greenmtnacademy.org or call Veronica VanDerMark at 802-768-8525.
On Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. , Shakespeare's Timon of Athens from the National Theatre in London will be shown in a high-definition broadcast performance in the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy.
The National Theatre's acclaimed contemporary staging of Shakespeare's fable, set against a backdrop of modern-day London where money is power, has enjoyed a sell-out run at the theatre.
Tickets are $18 for adults; $12 for senior citizens; $9 for students and can be purchased online at bba. ticketjunior.com or call 802-549-8118.
National Theatre Live is presented in partnership with Aviva and distributed internationally (ex-UK) by New York-based BY Experience.