The latest event in Fistrap’s “Big Read” event will be a program, Love, Death, and Dirty Jokes: “Shakespeare and the Common Man,” with Morgan Green 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Fishtrap House, 400 E. Grant St., Enterprise.
While some view performances of Shakespeare as highbrow theater, in Shakespeare’s time, the audience was anything but fancy. Theater-goers demanded to be entertained, and the actors performed their best in fear of being pummeled with rotten vegetables.
The 2018 Big Read novel, “Station Eleven,” follows a traveling Shakespeare troupe as they perform for villages left in a dystopian world.
Green is planning an evening discussion exploring Shakespeare’s great tragicomedy, “The Merchant of Venice,” to unlock the tools and language of Shakespeare to open up his sometimes obscure world.
Green is a youth drama instructor at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph.
“History teaches us that as humans we turn to theater, and specifically to Shakespeare in times of great national or global distress.” said Mike Midlo, program manager for Fishtrap. “Green will help make Shakespeare more accessible, and discuss why we need art in our lives. Because even in the darkest of times, humanity has always found that mere survival is insufficient.”
The Big Read is designed to broaden Wallowa County residents’ understanding of the world, communities and each other through the joy of sharing a good book.
The program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and is supported locally by neighborhood businesses and individual donations. Special thanks to community sponsors Community Bank, Pacific Power, and the Oregon Arts Commission.