10 am - 12:30 pm
“T were all one
That I should love a bright particular star
And think to wed it, he is so above me”
Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well has been deemed a “problem play” for several reasons. There are no records of it having been performed in Shakespeare’s lifetime. The 1623 First Folio version was based on an uncorrected manuscript draft. Most importantly, the story and its characters can prove to be downright puzzling. Helena, the gifted daughter of a court physician, loves Bertram, a proud young man of noble birth. But is he worthy of her devotion? In an adventure that takes us from France to the Florentine wars of Italy and back again, we can ask ourselves what lengths we would go to for the object of our desires.
A staged reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago. An informative talk begins fifteen minutes before the performance, which is followed by a question-and-answer session with the director and cast. The Shakespeare Project was founded in 1993 and has performed at the Newberry Library since 2003.
Cosponsored by the Newberry Public Programs department.
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This program is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced registration is required.