Academy of Lifelong Learning


John Wieczoreck


Tuesdays, January 31 – March 7 (six weeks)

4:15 – 5:30 pm



Do Shakespeare’s plays appeal to modern audiences, or are they relics of a bygone era? A quick search on the internet reveals that hundreds of films have been based on Shakespeare’s scripts, a fact that suggests his works are as popular today as they were 400 years ago. This course will focus on a select number of highly entertaining movies from the canon. Imagine Macbeth as the Godfather, Hamlet as a Wall Street trader, Prospero (from The Tempest) as a burned-out architect, and Othello as a star basketball player. It’s all here – and much more.


JOHN WIECZORECK has taught American and world literature as an adjunct professor at Delaware State University, Chesapeake College and Rowan University. Since 2002, he has conducted more than 50 adult learning seminars on topics ranging from the American Musical to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane to Poetry and Graphic Novels. He has also conducted trips to operas, musicals, and cultural destinations.