April 22, 2021
Dost thou know me?” asks Gloucester in the performance of King Lear that opens Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. “I remember,” replies Lear, though it is not at all clear that he does. We soon learn that the actor playing Lear will live only moments longer, and that most of humanity will succumb within days to a devastating flu. A very few will live. Those few have little choice but to keep moving, travelling not only through utterly transformed spaces, but also deep inside what they can remember of the world they lost. They take Shakespeare along for the ride, often quite literally. Lettered in white on both sides of the Traveling Symphony’s lead caravan is the reason why: “because survival is insufficient.” Shakespeare’s plays, two in particular, thread their way through many of the novel’s key moments. Mandel’s people read Shakespeare. They perform Shakespeare. Some get their names from Shakespeare. And some find Shakespeare insufferable. All of them, in one way or another, seek what Gloucester and Lear sought: to be known, and to remember. Do any of them find what they are looking for?
On the Same Page: Travels with Station Eleven's Shakespeare - ONLINE
Thursday, April 22, 2021
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About the speaker: Sally Sutherland, Senior Lecturer Emeritus in English at Mount Holyoke College, specializes in the theatre of Shakespeare and his fellow dramatists, especially as their plays have been staged, filmed, and adapted in our own time.
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