I apologize for missing my post last week, but I have an excellent reason for my absence. I was busy taking in all of the opportunities presented on K-State’s campus last week in relation to Shakespeare’s play Merchant of Venice. Below is a brief rundown of my week.
Monday Afternoon/Night: My Law, Politics, and Literature class recently finished reading Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. To add a little more culture to our classroom experience, our professor was able to have one of the cast members from a London traveling troupe visit our class! He plays Shylock (for those of you familiar with the play) so we spent our class time going over different portions of the play and analyzing their meaning. It was such a unique opportunity to learn from someone who has studied the play for a living!
Tuesday Night: Over the last couple of months, I worked with K-State’s Pre-Law advisor, three distinguished judges, and four attorneys from the Manhattan area to host a mock trial involving Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. The United States Supreme Court hosts a similar event where a few members of the bench preside over the trial of a Shakespearean character. With Merchant of Venice showing on our campus, we were inspired! We selected a character from the play to bring suit against another with each side being represented by two attorneys. Nichols theatre was nearly full! The audience and participants alike were laughing and having a wonderful time. It was truly a success and such a memorable experience.
Wednesday Night: One of my closest friends and I attended the opening night performance of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice as performed by Actors from the London Stage. After reading the play for class, I had a new found appreciation for the storyline. It was amazing to see the actors interpretation of the play and witness all of the characters coming to life. Receiving discounted tickets for being students was not too bad either! Every performance at K-State offers tickets for at least half price to students.
Although last week was busy, it ended with many wonderful experiences! Once again K-State surprises me with the unique opportunities it presents students. It made reading through some of Shakespeare’s less than clear vocabulary much more enjoyable!