The Citiblog

November 18, 2020, 5:58.39 pm ET


Photo: Joan Marcus

The Brooklyn Public Library has announced the lineup for its inaugural digital Shakespeare program, presented in association with The Public Theater, which begins on Sunday, November 22.

The series begins with a focus on the presentation of Blackness and questions of vengeance through Aaron the Moor in “Titus Andronicus” with readings from Emmy and SAG Award winner Ron Cephas Jones and television and stage star William Jackson Harper. The performance will be followed by a conversation with Michael Sexton, who will moderate all three events, and Ayanna Thompson,

The series continues on Thursday, December 3 with an in-depth look at the views and versions of citizenship, social organization and individual human dignity in Shakespeare’s plays, as well as the role of art and humanities in a modern democracy. It will feature readings by actress Eisa Davis and insights from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Greenblatt and historian and author Jill Lepore.

On Thursday, December 17, Philip Lorenz will delve into the writings of Shakespeare and Lope de Vega, two writers who used the dynamic and populist form of theater to explore and interrogate the corrupt, militaristic, and misogynist monarchies they called home. The event will feature readings in English and Spanish by a cast including Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza

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