Some recent posts on this blog have noted that introducing Shakespeare’s plays to young students can be a very successful experience for the students and their teachers. In addition to the Folger’s program for students in grades 3-6, Shakespeare Steps Out (SSO), the RSC has been creating shorter versions of the plays for youngsters. Last year, for example, the RSC presented 70-minute versions of The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet. The results were interesting. Rather than finding the comedy to be more successful with students, the tragedy was the play students connected with because they were able to relate to the family issues within the play. Now, the RSC is planning to film and make available for free to students in NYC a 70-minute version of King Lear. Last year’s efforts were not filmed. If students respond to family issues in a tragedy more than they do to a comedy, what other Shakespeare plays ought to be presented to students? Why? What’s the family-related issue(s) in the play?
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