PlayReaders Book Club Discusses King Lear

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PlayReaders, Golden Isles Arts & Humanities’ book club focused on reading and discussing a variety of plays, continues on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 630 pm via Zoom with a discussion of Shakespeare’s King Lear. 

Considered one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, the play is the story of old King Lear, who proposes to give up his crown and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. However, his rash generosity is cruelly repaid when he is caught in a web of lies and deceit by those closest to him, and he discovers all too late the falsity of values by which he has lived.

Shakespeare’s King Lear challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents. Its characters harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering of others. Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks. The play tells us about families struggling between greed and cruelty, on the one hand, and support and consolation, on the other. Emotions are extreme, magnified to gigantic proportions. We also see old age portrayed in all its vulnerability, pride, and, perhaps, wisdom—one reason this most devastating of Shakespeare’s tragedies is also perhaps his most moving.

Play Readers will next meet in February to discuss Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by August Wilson; the group will continue once a month March – May 2022 with great discussions of The Seagull, God of Carnage and Death of A Salesman.

PlayReaders is open to all experience levels, so whether you are hooked on drama or have never read a script before, it is easy and fun to participate in this lively reading club – just read the play, log in to Zoom and be ready to talk about these great pieces of theatre.  

Join Golden Isles Arts & Humanities for PlayReaders on Tuesday, January 25 at 6:30 pm via Zoom.  Digital copies of the plays can be made available or they can be checked out from the local library or purchased online.  For general inquiries, to request a copy of the script or for the link for the Zoom meeting, please contact Golden Isles Arts & Humanities at info@goldenislesarts.org or by calling (912) 262-6934.