From Dramaturg Cathleen Sheehan (5)

Gender in Much Ado – by Dramaturg Cathleen Sheehan

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Much Ado About Nothing                                                          Much Ado About Nothing written about 1599, is one of Shakespeare’s joyful, Elizabethan comedies. As with Shakespeare’s most light-hearted comedies—even one whose title seems to suggest that it is about nothing important at all—the plays often embrace poignant ideas about individuals and the community in which they live. For…

Twelfth Night’s Witty Fools and Foolish Wits

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  by Cathleen Sheehan, Dramaturg Likely commissioned to mark the holiday, Twelfth Night takes its first title from the final event of the Christmas season—a night celebrated by inversions of status as servants could boss around masters, and all had to obey the Lord of Misrule in charge of the party. The topsy-turvy elements of…

Love, Loss, and Desire in Twelfth Night

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By Cathleen Sheehan Twelfth Night or What You Will presents a duality of loss and love embodied in the pairing of characters—twins as well as lovers. Comedy, as a genre, moves from a place of disorder to order—a community that is off-kilter moves toward social stability embodied in the uniting of a married couple. “The…

“Dick the Bad” by Cathleen Sheehan, Dramaturg

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“Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this son of York.” – Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Richard III Richard III opens with a display of Richard’s vocal dexterity—with a pun and verbal irony. His verbal flexibility suggests his moral dubiousness—hardly surprising in a king famously reduced to “Dick the Bad” in…

An Ideal Husband [by Dramaturg Cathleen Sheehan]

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Cathleen Sheehan is a writer, lecturer and teacher who teaches Shakespeare and Advanced Shakespeare (among other courses) at the Urban School in San Francisco. She has served as a dramaturg for Marin Shakespeare for the past four years, and also as a dramaturg for California Shakespeare Theater.  She holds an AB and MA in English…