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*Join us for a performance of Macbeth by the amazing Dzieci theater troupe and an Olio on the ever-famous Bard
Taught by Professor Geoff Klock*
Breaking Shakespeare's 4th Wall Weirdness
In Twin Peaks David Lynch’s character says “we all live inside a dream — but who is the dreamer?” Join me for a look at a few scenes in Shakespeare — Hamlet reacting to the Ghost, Macbeth reacting to this wife’s death, the play put on by the characters in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Prospero’s farewell — where characters seem to know for a flickering moment that they are in a play — and what that can tell us about mindfulness, our own relationship to art and to our lives, and David Lynch’s question.
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— Geoff Klock has a doctorate from Oxford and is an associate professor at BMCC-CUNY, where he teaches mostly comp, but sometimes film, and old school Brit Lit. 8 years of that. He is the author of three books, two about comic books and one about poetry. His new one will be about Hannibal Lector, the TV one.
*Dzieci (djyeh-chee) is an international experimental theatre ensemble dedicated to a search for the “sacred” through the medium of theatre.
Integrating techniques garnered from such theatre masters as Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba and Peter Brook, ritual forms derived from Native American and Eastern spiritual disciplines, and an ethic based securely in Humanistic Psychology, Dzieci aims to create a theatre that is as equally engaged with personal transformation as it is with public presentation.
Towards this aim, the ensemble balances its work on performance with work of service, through creative and therapeutic interaction in hospitals and a variety of institutional settings. Dzieci believes helping others generates a profound healing effect that not only serves the patient but also strengthens the ensemble’s work.*
Co-Presented with the New York Shakespeare Exchange
New York Shakespeare Exchange bridges cultural divides, starts conversations, promotes education, and brings communities together through diverse, classically-based programming that re-imagines how Shakespearean theater and poetry can impact our modern world.