The Tempest is part of a group of plays, with Cymbeline, Pericles, and The Winter’s Tale, that we refer to as the Late Romances.
The Tempest isn’t Shakespeare’s last play, but it *feels* like it should be, so we often discuss it that way. Like the other Romances, it’s about fathers and daughters, about families reunited, about happy endings, and about forgiveness. Unlike the other plays, The Tempest is about retirement – it shows us a sorcerer putting aside his tools and his work, and going home to spend time with family.
Lecture is on Zoom
Sunday, February 28
4:00pm – 5:15pm EST
Shakespeare, Romance & Laughter
Sunday, February 14, 2021 – Was terrific!
Revenge Should Have No Bounds – Shakespeare and Revenge Tragedies
Sunday, February 21, 2021
About Noam Lior:
Noam Lior trained and worked as an actor before transitioning to directing and dramaturgy, and earned his PhD from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. His research is focused on multimedia digital editions of Shakespeare. Noam is one of the co-founders of Shakespeare at Play (www.shakespeareatplay.ca), where he has co-directed and dramaturged productions of Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Noam has taught dramatic literature and theatre history courses at the University of Toronto, and Shakespeare acting courses at the Toronto Film School, as well as directing productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and John Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan.
He is also the dramaturge for Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Company’s ShakesBeers Showdown fundraiser, a wonderfully silly project benefitting the Shakespeare in Hospitals program.
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