Program Details

Romeo and Juliet: Such Sweet Sorrow

Margery Marcus
Arts & Letters
Video Catch-up

Course Description

For over four centuries, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has moved audiences to tears, lamenting the deaths of young lovers whose fate was sealed with their first kiss. Victims of passion, enmity, and miscalculation, Romeo and Juliet is synonymous with great love and beautiful language. Composers from Tchaikovsky through Prokofiev and later Bernstein have immortalized the couple in music and ballet. However, the play has its critics too. It has been attacked over the years as overly violent and too dependent upon coincidence rather than character development. Marcus examines the play’s plot structure, characters, and language. She highlights the play’s humor (yes, it has its moments), motifs, and improbabilities. She also discusses the play’s performance and film history, looking at several of the most famous productions that featured notables like Ellen Terry, Edwin Booth, John Gielgud, Claire Danes, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Marcus’ lecture is accompanied by a colorful PowerPoint.

About the Instructor

  • Margery Marcus, Ed.D., retired from Broward County schools after a long and successful career teaching English. Well known for her storytelling ability, her topics run the gamut from book censorship to the British Royal family. She is a frequent presenter at OLLI programs on the campuses of FAU Boca Raton, Jupiter and, Brooklyn College. Her career has been guided by a deep love of learning which began when she read the very first page of "Charlotte’s Web" as a child. Marcus earned a bachelor's degree in English from The College of New Jersey, a master’s degree in education from the University of N.C. at Charlotte and a doctoral degree in education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale.

Upcoming programs presented by Margery Marcus.

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One-Time FPL12131 Margery Marcus Florida: A Literary Treasure Trove (Really!)
Monday, December 13: 10:00 am - 11:30 am