Reinventing the Human: Shakespeare and the Awakening of the Renaissance Man

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Performance and Presentations
B2 Conference Room

There was a shift in the experience of the medieval humans from being miserable, unquestioning, keep-your-head-down and don’t-make-waves commoners to citizens who entertained aspirations of becoming a Renaissance adventurer, creator, and scientist. Could Shakespeare’s characters have provided fuel for the intellectual fire? Actor John McDonald is our guide on this experiential tour of the 16th century. How can we access Shakespearean wisdom, apply it to our own lives and embody the spirit of adventure, creativity and curiosity to fuel a Renaissance for our time? John explores 16th century social and cultural change with six pieces from three plays: Henry the V, Macbeth, and Richard the II. John returned to his native Denver in 1986 after earning an MBA in Drama at The Catholic University of America. Since then he has taught, acted, and directed in local theatre extensively. John enjoys the language and poetry of Shakespeare and making it accessible to everyone. Two performances only! Free and open to the public. If you’d like to bring a school group to either performance, please call 720-865-1206 or email events@denverlibrary.org for reservations. Recommended for middle school students and up.
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Reinventing the Human: Shakespeare and the Awakening of the Renaissance Man