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Saturday Shakespeare

May 11 @ 10:00 am  |  Aptos Library


In collaboration with the Shakespeare Workshop at UCSC, this in-person meeting of the Saturday Shakespeare Group will take place on Saturday, May 11th in the new Aptos Library, with a Zoom option for those who can not attend in person. The nominal meeting time is 10:00 am, library doors open at 10:00 am.

The speaker for this meeting will be Sean Keilen, Professor of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Sean is a regular speaker to the group, and always presents original and stimulating ideas. He is also the founding Director of Shakespeare Workshop, a research center of The Humanities Institute.

Readings: Act III Scene 2 (starting with Hamlet “Why, let the stricken deer go weep”, line 266 in the Pelican edition) + Act III Scenes 3 and 4 + Act IV Scenes 1-6

Reading Coordinator: Bob Peterson |
If you would like to read please email the reading coordinator as soon as possible.

Zoom Information
For those who will be attending by Zoom, here is the Zoom information. The link is:
Meeting ID: 897 9522 0016
Passcode: 755261

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The Aptos library is easy to find –> Exit highway 1 at State Park Drive and go north to Soquel Drive. Turn left on Soquel Drive and the library is almost immediately on the right. The address is 7695 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003. There is free parking.

The Text
We will be using the Pelican edition. If you would like to read please get hold of a copy of this edition because there are differences between different editions. There are two sources for the play, the second quarto (Q2) of 1604-5 and the first folio (F) of 1623. The folio contains 70 lines not in Q2 and lacks 230 that are in Q2. Most editions combine them in a conflated text, thus making a long play even longer. The pelican edition does not do that, but sticks almost entirely to Q2. As a result there will be significant differences between the Pelican edition and an edition that uses a conflated text.

Unfortunately Bookshop Santa Cruz won’t order copies for the group (unless all copies are paid for in advance). You will therefore need to order a copy yourself. Alternatively you can buy it on Amazon. It is difficult to find the Pelican edition by searching on the Amazon site. Better is to google “Hamlet Pelican Edition Amazon”.

Donations to Santa Cruz Shakespeare
Our meetings are free, but we suggest that members make a contribution to Santa Cruz Shakespeare.

To do this you can either make a donation by credit card or send a check payable to Santa Cruz Shakespeare:
Santa Cruz Shakespeare
501 Upper Park Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95065

If you send a check, it would be helpful if you could indicate that this gift is on behalf of the Saturday Shakespeare Group.

New Members Wanted
We are always looking for new members. Everyone is welcome. If you know of anyone who would be interested in attending these meetings, please encourage them to do so. Contact to be added to the mailing list.

Note: It is strongly encouraged to attend in person if you possibly can. The lectures and readings will be much more vivid for those actually present, and the in-person interactions will restart the social aspect of the group.


May 11
10:00 am


Aptos Library
7695 Soquel Dr
Aptos, 95003 United States
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