Each spring, Delaware Shakespeare’s Community Cornerstone initiative aims to engage in community programming that fosters dialogue around key themes found in the Summer Festival plays that connect to modern life.
In connection with our 2017 summer production of Henry V, Delaware Shakespeare will explore “Henry V as Leader.”
Shakespeare’s Henry V has variously been seen as a rousing patriotic play exploring how a king can rally a country to achieve a remarkable victory and as a political play diagramming how a ruler can manipulate nationalism, war, and religion to consolidate personal power. In either interpretation, the play is a case study in leadership and how good leaders can unify a diverse group in action around a common goal. In a time when our area is witness to a new Wilmington mayor, a new New Castle County Executive, a new Delaware governor, and a new president of the United States, the issue of successful leadership is definitely topical.
The “Henry V as Leader” workshop series will explore the themes of leadership in Shakespeare’s classic history play. Delaware Shakespeare will offer three one-hour workshops to military, business, and sports educational leadership organizations. The objective is to explore, reveal, and identify connections between one of Shakespeare’s most powerful leaders and leadership issues encountered in today’s society, providing leadership students with new insight and illuminating a broader relevance in Shakespeare’s play.
We look forward to sharing the feedback the workshops and to incorporating the ideas we gather into our summer production.
Past Community Cornerstone Programs