Shakespeare series returns this month


A New York-based theater director and play creator will be one  of the speakers at the Saturday Shakespeare Club which begins its new morning series of discussions at 10 a.m. on Jan. 12 in Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive in Aptos.

Jessica Bauman, who — among other things — has staged plays using immigrants and refugees in re-imagined versions of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” (called “Into the Hazard”) and “As You Like It” (called “Arden Everywhere”), will speak to the club on Feb. 2.

“I revel in the glory of language and its theatrical potential,” said Bauman, artistic director of New Feet Productions. “I want to capture the ways people actually talk … that crack the surface to reveal what’s really going on.”

Speaking to the club on the initial Saturday, Jan. 12, will be Michael Warren, dramaturg for Santa Cruz Shakespeare and

emeritus professor at UC Santa Cruz. He’ll give an overview of “The  Merry Wives of Windsor,” the selected play for this series.

Also speaking to the group will be Conrad Scott-Curtis, who teaches Shakespeare at Cabrillo College, on Jan. 19. Warren

is a frequent lecturer for the Saturday Club and Scott-Curtis has spoken to the group several times.

On Jan. 26, the group will see a DVD of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. And on Feb. 9, the club will hold a potluck and show a DVD of “Merry Wives of Windsor.”

All gatherings are open to the public and last from 10 a.m. to shortly after noon, except for the potluck, which begins at

9:30 a.m. and usually lasts until 1:30 p.m. The gatherings are $2 per session or $10 for all five meetings. The money is used to pay the rental fees for the church and a small donation to a charity of choice for each of the speakers.

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