Bob Smith Returns on April 2 to Discuss Shakespeare's Pericles at Greenwich Library

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Bob Smith will lead a six-week discussion of Shakespeare's Pericles at Greenwich Library starting Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m., in the Cole Auditorium.

This spring marks Bob Smith's 20th session for the devoted Shakespeare fans at Greenwich Library. 

Says Smith, "Pericles is an odd little piece that works wonderfully on stage. It's brief and episodic - a kind of Shakespearean travelogue with a couple of fabulous brothel scenes and the best father-daughter reunion outside King Lear. In the 50 years that I've worked on these texts with groups, no play has inspired better conversations than Pericles. Director Mark Lamos at Hartford Stage presented a terrific version setting it in the cockamamie universe of the great Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte. Bowler hats floated against a cerulean blue sky. What a treat. And the critics adored it. I think the fun-loving crowd at Greenwich Library will too. I can't wait!" 

Library Journal called Bob Smith "the teacher we all should have had to introduce us to Shakespeare." The Boston Globe called him "inspired and inspiring." 

T.S. Eliot was so moved by the father-daughter reunification scene in Pericles that he wrote a rhythmic poem called "Marina" as the last piece in his Ariel Series in 1930. 

On May 7, the final week of the series, a film of Shakespeare's Pericles starring Mike Gwilym and Amanda Redman will be shown. (Running Time 177 Minutes). 

The program is open to all at no charge. The Shakespeare series is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Copies of the play will be provided. For more information, please call Matthew Sgritta at (203) 622-7972. You can learn more about Greenwich Library events by subscribing to the Library's email newsletter. 

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