Robert Brustein, founding director of the Yale Repertory and the American Repertory theatres, writes, "King Lear may very well be the greatest play ever written . . . [It] tells us more about the tragedy and triumph of being human than anything in literature.” Compelling, complex, and challenging, King Lear traces the title character's journey to self-knowledge. In Lear's story, we may see something of ourselves encountering our own failings and those of the world we inhabit. In our OLLI classes, we will engage in close analysis of the text. Through a variety of activities and in-depth discussions, we will examine key soliloquies, dialogues, and scenes. In addition to reviewing critical scholarship on the play and viewing film clips of it, we will ask if King Lear speaks to us in a singular way at this particular point in our own lives. Facilitated Discussion; Viewing Videos
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