“The Zany, Majestic Bard: Celebrating the Inventive Language of Shakespeare” will be presented at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Pittsfield Community Theatre.

The educational one-hour performance-lecture is for audiences of all ages. The program will include history, a brief guide on how to read and understand the text, the opportunity to hear some Shakespeare, and more.

When it comes to Shakespeare, some people get downright gloomy. They rant on about how well-read you need to be to understand him. But use restraint in your yelping. You may not know that Shakespeare wrote for everyone from the well-bred to the uneducated; from the successful manager to the most foul mouthed kitchen wench. In other words, Shakespeare’s for you!

Shakespeare’s wit, humor and linguistic style can bedazzle those who attend with a fun and informative celebration of the language of his plays including “Hamlet,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “King Lear,” “As You Like It,” “Twelfth Night” and more.

The program is created and performed by David Greenham, the creator of several popular Maine Humanities Council programs, including the award-winning “Taxing Maine” and most recently, “Maine At Work.” He is an adjunct professor of drama at the University of Maine at Augusta, and spent 14 years as the producing artistic director of The Theater at Monmouth, the Shakespearean Theater of Maine.

This program is sponsored by the Pittsfield Public Library and Maine Central Institute through a grant from Maine Humanities Council and Maine State Library.

For more information, call 487-5880.

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