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The Shakespeare Discussion Group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustees' Room.

Every year we select a range of plays, each of which is read over two months. 

A play leader pre-circulates background readings, talking points and questions as well as the scenes to be read in plenary. Everyone has a chance to read, although anyone who would prefer not to is free to pass. Reading aloud helps to take us off the page and breathes life into the words themselves. Discussions are guided by the play leader and group moderator and generally flow organically. 

There is no requirement of familiarity with Shakespeare's works in order to join our discussions. We recommend the Arden edition if you are acquiring a new text. 

This discussion group is currently oversubscribed. Please write to Michael Almond at if you'd like to be put on a waiting list for membership.

We offer meetings through a virtual platform and in-person with a hybrid connection. Please contact the group moderator with questions.

2022–2023 Schedule

  • Jul. 13: Romeo and Juliet 
  • Happy summer!
  • Sep. 14: Julius Caesar
  • Oct. 12: Julius Caesar
  • Nov. 9: Antony and Cleopatra
  • Dec. 14: Antony and Cleopatra
  • Jan. 11: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Feb. 8: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Mar. 8: King Lear
  • Apr. 12: King Lear
  • May 10: Henry VIII
  • Jun. 14: Henry VIII
  • Jul. 12: Sonnets