November 29, 2012 9:00 AM
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin
Although Shakespeare-speak sounds a bit different than the language that seventh-graders at John Dibert Community School in New Orleans are used to hearing, the young students have learned that many of the worldly issues addressed in William Shakespeare’s plays are relevant today.
Revenge, discrimination and relationships — all topics of Shakepeare’s plays — are of contemporary concern in society.
As part of the Shakespeare on the Road service-learning course, six Tulane theater students recently performed at Dibert School introducing the class to scenes from Henry the VI, Hamlet, and Midsummer Night’s Dream among others.
The course is taught by Chaney Tullos, an adjunct lecturer in the Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance.
“One of my goals is to make it [Shakespeare] relevant and that’s why we aren’t showing up in tights,” says Tullos. “It’s really a two-way street. The Tulane students are learning just as much the young students do.”
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