Dearest Advanced Students!

I’ve been closely looking at my calendar, and realized I need to get the word out regarding my next OnePlay Focus class!!  It starts up in little over a month, And a little bit before the next  regular class session starts at the end of August. So check those calendars and come join the fun!

I am thrilled to announce the next play for the wildly popular “one play focus” series!! The impeccable   MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING...!!! I have such a soft spot for this play, and I would be thrilled to have a fresh look at it with you, my advanced students. Dates and details are below. Let me know if you want to register! Can’t wait!   

XOXO  Susan


Prerequisite: Student MUST have taken Beginning Monologue, Intermediate Monologue and B2B Scene Study classes... TEACHER APPROVAL also required.

This is a 6 week class which explores an individual Shakespeare play in depth, by choosing key scenes involving the major characters. Each actor will have a scene in which he/she plays a larger role, and may be asked to play small roles in other scenes if needed. Sometimes this involves gender-bending, which is AWESOME! It’s a joy to work as a team and explore some of the wonderful puzzles these plays provide as the characters head on in their journeys. The responses to these classes have been tremendous.              

Serious students only please.  These classes are a lot of work and require discipline.

ONE session offered:


6:00 p.m. – 10: 00 p.m.

  AUGUST 18th-SEPTEMBER 29th  
( skipping September 1st,  for Labor Day  holiday weekend)

Location: The Edge and DEN Theatres

TO REGISTER, PLEASE RESPOND TO: an $80.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required within 7 days after you register, or I cannot insure that your reservation is secure. This deposit is applied to the class fee. I prefer online payment for deposits,  and have Venmo, Chase Quick Pay, Bank of America online  transfer, as well as the new Zelle option( which many banks now use for bank-to-bank transfers!) Just let Susan know which method you prefer,  and she will send you instructions for online payment of deposit ).  Also, if you need to mail a check, let Susan know and she'll send her mailing address to you!  If necessary, due to finances, you may pay half of the balance at the FIRST CLASS and then the remainder at the THIRD CLASS. This payment plan is available ONLY if you let SUSAN know UPON REGISTRATION  If you email to register, you should receive a response within a few days. The majority of classes are held in Andersonville on Chicago’s north side.

 " You must not, sir, mistake my niece; there is a kind of merry war betwixt Signor Benedick and her . They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit between them.
So absolutely thrilled to be exploring this perfect play again after several years! The infamous battle of wits between Beatrice and Benedick has dazzled and delighted audiences for centuries! Two of the greatest lovers ever written, willful, stubborn, wildly intelligent, and real "softies" at heart, Bea and Ben are madly in love, and both too terrified of being wounded by the other, that they spar verbally with brilliant elan!  Only when faced with a villainous plot by the evil Don John to mislead Claudio into believing Hero has been unfaithful, do they admit their love and together, join forces to save Hero's honor. 
The play is perfectly balanced with humor and tragedy. Well-meaning people are up against a spiteful villain, and the emotional roller coaster is quite a ride!  I was lucky to finally play Beatrice at Milwaukee Shakespeare many years ago, in a wonderful production, and it was, honestly, a run that I never wanted to end! At it's core, the play grapples with the terrifying fear of not being loved, by many of the characters.....a theme that is so very human and complex. And it is the complexity of every character in this play that draws us in, and we never want to leave them ( MUCH, MUCH more on this at first class!!)
Please consider joining me for a fabulous 6 weeks in this dazzler of a play! We'll meet Bea and Ben ( nuf'said!); the innocent and beautiful young lovers Hero and Claudio; the noble and loving Leonato; the complete opposite, polar ends of the spectrum brothers...awesome Don Pedro and malicious Don John; Margaret and Ursula, the sassy , classy
waiting women to Hero: and, among others....the hilarious "Barney Fife" of the town, Dogberry, who, with his rather inept but enthusiastic band of brothers bring down the villainous plot and provide the happy ending to the story!  

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