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Shake Up Shakespeare

Guest Speaker: Carol Ann Lloyd

Our next Happy Hour program features Carol Ann Lloyd—a speaker, educator and writer who shares English history and Shakespeare with a broad audience across the US and abroad. She takes a fresh look at Shakespeare's works and presents them in a way anyone can appreciate his literary talents. Join us on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm (CDT). It is a free program but registration is required.

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For more than 400 years, Shakespeare and his plays have been part of our lives. From the playhouses of the sixteenth century to the American Wild West, and from formal theatres to high school festivals, Shakespeare's stories have resonated around the world. Shakespeare created worlds our of words that continue to inform and shape our language and our culture

His histories, tragedies, and comedies capture the human condition, explores what it means to love and to hate, and display the humorous, the terrifying, and the absurd sides of life. This interactive program will invite attendees to participate in polls, chats, and discussions. We'll take a look at how Shakespeare created stories that raise questions about relationships that we are still trying to answer today. We'll explore the power of his language and how it has shaped and been shaped by experiences over hundreds of years.

Finally, we'll look at ways Shakespeare's characters and his plays say "goodbye," considering how these final lines encourage us to continue our consideration of ideas and insights.

About Carol Ann Lloyd

Carol Ann Lloyd is a speaker and writer who shares English history and Shakespeare with a broad audience across the US and abroad. hakespeare Library, first as a volunteer and tour guide, then as Manager of Visitor Education Programs, and now as a Reader. For more than a decade, Carol Ann has been speaking for the Smithsonian Associates, Royal Oak Foundation, Agecroft Hall, George Mason University Lifelong Learning Institute, and other organizations. She recently offered a very popular course on the History of the British Monarchy, as well as programs about The Six Wives of Henry VIII in Popular Culture, Inside Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Women, Decoding the Royal Wardrobe, Royal Consorts, The Wives who Survived, and Secrets and Spies in the Elizabethan Court. She is currently working on a book about the Tudors. When not researching, writing, or speaking, Carol Ann is likely finding new guests and exploring new questions for her podcast, British History: Royals, Rebels, and Romantics


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