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CCU Guest speaker Tina Packer on women in Shakespeare

Tina Packer Women of Will

“Women of Will” argues that to know William Shakespeare, you must know his women. Tina Packer, one of the country’s leading experts in Shakespeare and the founder of Shakespeare & Company, shows that the poet’s imagination develops and deepens until finally the women, his creative knowledge and a sense of a larger spiritual good come together in his late plays, making clear that when women and men are equal in status and sexual passion, they can — and do — change the world.

Packer shows that Shakespeare wrote the women of plays such as “Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “The Comedy of Errors” as shrews to be tamed or as sweet little things with no definable independent thought, virgins on the pedestal. As Shakespeare turns his attention to the extraordinary Juliet from “Romeo and Juliet,” Packer perceives a large shift. Suddenly, Shakespeare’s women have depth of character, motivation and understanding of life more than equal to that of the men. As Shakespeare ceases to present women as predictable caricatures and starts writing them from the inside, embodying their voices, his women become as dimensional, spirited, spiritual, active and sexual as any of his male characters. Packer, with co-star Nigel Gore, examines and performs.

March 18
7:30pm - 7:45pm
CCU Wheelwright Auditorium
105 Spadoni Park Cir, Conway, SC 29526, USA