Bob Smith returns to Greenwich Library with his popular "Nights with Shakespeare" series, this time focusing on As You Like It. Participants will meet in the Cole Auditorium every Wednesday at 7 p.m. from April 25 through May 30.
Shakespeare's romantic comedy was published in First Folio in 1623 but is widely believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600. The first recorded performance of As You Like It is in 1603.
At each session Smith deftly explores the complete text line-by-line, challenging the seminar participants to thought-provoking give-and-take discussions about each play, its history, its characters and its relationships.
Library Journal called Smith "the teacher we all should have had to introduce us to Shakespeare." The Boston Globe called him "inspired and inspiring."
A New York Times profile described Smith as, "A plainspoken autodidact whose passion for Shakespeare regularly breaks attendance records." The Sunday Times Book Review called his passion, "Contagious." A third Times feature said, "When Bob Smith twinkles at full throttle there's stardust everywhere."
Smith has taught and directed Shakespeare for the Temple University Graduate Program, Kent State, The National Shakespeare Conservatory, the State University of New York, NYU Musical Theatre Works and scores of other colleges and universities.
The series is free and open to all. Free copies of the play will be given to attendees.