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The Bard and two plays on life and controversy

William Shakespeare
public domain

All’s well that Ends Well is the saying as well as the title of Shakespeare’s tragic/comedy of lesser known prominence. While highlighting the chasm between decrepit age with wisdom and lustful youth with ignorance, the characters of All’s Well show the audience that it is the best of the both worlds when youth pays attention to and learns from their elders and, at the same time, elders gently guide and enjoy the presence of youth. All’s Well that Ends Well makes the audience both laugh and sigh and leaves one pondering the moral lesson portrayed by the abrupt ending and surreptitious shenanigans leading up to it. Reality television could learn a thing or two from the Bard on this one.
February 21st through March 2nd

As You Like It toys with societal codes of behavior and expectations of traditional stability. A man is expected to act like a man and if he doesn’t then his weakness can be explained away by his lineage, financial status, or whims of the day. In the same breath a woman could act no less than a woman or be considered an outcast or worse; one who brings instability to the balance of the human race. While humorous in its day, this pastoral comedy dealt with the issues of equality and traditional role playing. While the protagonist is a woman she hides her identity by dressing and acting like a man in order to school her love on the preferred treatment of a woman. One must surmise that it was beneath a man to learn from a woman, especially on the issues of love, sexuality, or trust. Shakespeare had no qualms about diving into touchy subjects for his generation and with the unfolding of time, his characters continue to generate discussion that has validity today.
February 14 through March 1st

Stolen Shakespeare Festival presents "All the World's a Stage"
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy, Fort Worth, TX 76107

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