Have you ever wanted to read Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? This online theater course will provide a guided reading of the script and expose you to the perspectives of actors who have performed in the play. It primarily consists of interviews with 14 professional actors who have participated in at least one production of Romeo & Juliet somewhere in the US, at theaters and Shakespeare festivals including the American Shakespeare Center, American Players Theatre, and the Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, and Utah Shakespeare Festivals.  

This course is a great fit for Shakespeare enthusiasts and the Shakespeare curious in all walks of life. It may particularly appeal to actors, theater practitioners, and teachers of Shakespeare everywhere; secondary school and college students interested in expanding their studies of Shakespeare; and interested readers with little or no familiarity with Shakespeare.

In completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the plot of Romeo & Juliet
  • Identify major characters and themes
  • Analyze and interpret heightened text
  • Consider multiple theatrical approaches to the play

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