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Writer-in-Residence Rick Meier performs scenes from Shakespeare with the Young Shakespeare Players

  • Professor Richard Meier
    Carthage College


Richard Meier

August 22, 2019

Writer-in-Residence Rick Meier will perform with a group of adults and teenagers in The Young Shakespeare Players Actor’s Choice Workshop “All For Your Delight We Are Not Here.” They will perform great scenes from eleven of Shakespeare’s plays at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29. All performances are free and held at the YSP Playhouse at 1806 West Lawn Ave., Madison, Wis. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to see Lady Macbeth, Bottom the Weaver, Shylock, Caliban, Hamlet, Beatrice, Hotspur, and many others all on the same evening. Prof. Meier appears as Bottom the Weaver, Trinculo, Hamlet, and others. The Young Shakespeare Players are the inspiration for the English Department’s own group of amateur actors (akin in some delightful ways to A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s “rude mechanicals”) the English Players. 

Of his chosen scene, Prof. Meier writes: “I chose Bottom the Weaver in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for his weaving together of all things. At the end of the play, Bottom and his fellow “rude mechanicals,” i.e. the craftsmen of Athens, perform a play for the nobles. The comedy of the play-within-the-play comes from the distance between the “rude mechanicals” and the tragic heroes they play, and the distance of the mechanicals from the nobles who watch them. But by the end of the scene, the comedy and distance become, for me, a dream that “hath no Bottom,” the place of the connection of what we had presumed to be so far apart, now woven together by Bottom and Flute and the rest by the passion of their performances.”


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