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The Magnificoes! are interested and interesting folks who gather once a month to talk plays, poems, criticism, history, and fiction! The group began in May of 2012 just in time for that year’s production of Othello #InTheGlen by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Our long-term goal is to read all of the plays in the canon (38 of them) while enjoying the many creative works written that illuminate, complicate, and build on them. By December, we’ll have read 28 of the plays; our plan is to finish the canon in 2020.
2018 marks our 3rd year performing a staged reading as part of Shake 38!
If you are interested in joining this group or have any other questions, please email Shane firstname.lastname@example.org
We usually meet the third Tuesday of every month.
**This group is meeting virtually on Zoom for an invitation to join email Shane.email@example.com**
2021 Reading List
Tuesday, January 19th, 2021, 7pm: Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
Tuesday, February 16th, 2021, 7pm: David Brown essays (unpublished)
Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, 7pm: Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Tuesday, April 20th, 7pm: Shakespearean Tragedy by A.C. Bradley
Discussion will focus on: Lecture 1—The Substance of Shakespearean Tragedy, Lecture 2-Construction of Shakespeare’s Tragedy, Lectures 7 & 8 –King Lear
Tuesday, May 18th, 7pm: King Lear
Tuesday, June 15th, 7pm: Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro
Tuesday, July 20th, 7pm: As You Like It
Tuesday, August 17th, 7pm: Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate
Tuesday, September 21st, 7pm: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
Tuesday, October 19th, 7pm: Macbeth
Tuesday, November 16th, 7pm: How Shakespeare Put Politics on the Stage: Power and Succession in the History Plays by Peter Lake