We are very lucky to have a world-class theater nearby. I attended The Guthrie Theater in elementary school when it first opened. We were always given opportunities to see the plays through school and my mother took me to several plays each year. That established a tradition. The Twin Cities has a vibrant theater community of which The Guthrie is one of the foundations. Since 1963, the theater has continued to grow and evolve. We recently attended “As You Like It,” the Shakespearean play, in which the director, Lavina Jadhwani, experiments with characters, setting, and music. I am grateful for the presence of theater in my life. Start the tradition for your own children and grandchildren. (Did you know that you can attend Guthrie plays during the Wednesday matinee for $15 per ticket? Fantastic deal.)
I will forever be grateful to Lorraine Livingston, my professor at Augsburg College, who taught Shakespeare: “Study of ten or twelve major plays, comedies, histories, tragedies with attention to the development of Shakespeare’s dramatic and poetic art. Additional plays assigned for reading and analysis.” The papers were demanding. The final was brutal. I loved every minute of that class. Because of her teaching and meticulous attention to details, I continue to read everything about and by Shakespeare to this day. Such a gift. Did you have a particular teacher who left a lasting gift with you?