This Shakespeare play is one of the first great romantic comedies. It features the verbally dueling pair, Beatrice and Benedick, each of whom has vowed never to love or marry. Their friends Claudio and Hero have other ideas—headed for marriage until the evil Don John prevents them. Constable Dogberry tries to figure everything out, but has such a poor grasp of language that he wishes the evildoers to be “condemned into everlasting redemption.” That’s what will happen to those who read this play! There are many questions here: What drives men and women crazy? How do they deceive each other—and themselves? What is marriage as an institution? Can we ever truly know each other? Come to discuss, and come to laugh!
Cammy Thomas has a PhD in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley, where she wrote her dissertation on the poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. She has published two books of poems, Cathedral of Wish, and Inscriptions. A third book, Tremors, is forthcoming in 2021, all from Four Way Books. She has taught literature and creative writing for many years, and lives in Lexington.