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A Rose by Any Other Name: Using Shakespeare’s Characters as Inspiration

All Levels | For 500 years since they first appeared on the British stage, the characters in William Shakespeare’s plays have reappeared in many forms and guises, as complex archetypes that continue to be reinterpreted and adapted by writers of many cultures. We will explore the complexities of indelible figures from several of his best-known works, how modern authors have been inspired by them, and what these dramatis personae have to say to us now in new guises and contexts.

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Instructor: Misha Berson

Class Type: 4 Sessions


Term: Fall 2021

Start Date: 10/30/2021

End Date: 11/20/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Misha Berson

Misha Berson is a freelance writer and teacher. From 1991-2016 she was the drama critic for the Seattle Times, after 10 years writing for the SF Bay Guardian. She has written four books on theater, including "Between Worlds: Asian American Playwrights" and "Something's Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination." Her work has also appeared in American Theatre,,, Variety, the SF Chronicle and many other publications. She has been a Pulitzer Prize juror several times, most recently in 2019 when she was chair of the drama committee, and she is a juror for the annual Steinberg/ATCA playwriting award. She has taught arts and journalism courses at UW, Seattle University, SF State University, UC Davis, Richard Hugo House and The Eugene O'Neill Center Theatre Critics Conference.

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