When a former Jesuit priest and retired English literature teacher gathers a group of retirees to explore the works of Shakespeare, pure magic happens. Although the Bard’s plays were written four centuries ago, they still resonate today, providing a literary adventure as the old-timers tackle the dynamics of plot, language, characters and playwriting technique. Despite their walkers, hearing and vision impairments, and foreign accents, Shakespeare’s insightful words and theatricality allow group members to come together and recognize themselves as actors and friends.
About Nick Weber
Nick Weber did graduate work in theology and theater after years of teaching English literature and theater arts, becoming ordained as a Jesuit priest. In 1971 he founded The Royal Lichtenstein Circus, a poetry theatrical hybrid, and presented morality tales and circus acts for more than twenty years as his official ministry. Nick developed a one-man performance piece, “Shakespeare, Just for Fun!” as a layman, and that piece renewed his interest in the playwright.
Excerpt from the Book
I started Shakespeare, Just for Fun! Seniors Sharing Shakespeare in a small dining and meeting area adjoining a basement kitchen at Milwaukee Catholic Home in August 2008... Read more