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A Woman's Heart: Poetry into Play 
Day/Time  Monday 3:00-4:20 
Location C-115
SessionSecond 6 weeks 10/29
Limit: 25

Looking mostly through women's eyes, Judith Partelow's poetic play A Woman's Heart presents life, love, and loss, juvenile delights, jaded divorce, death, dignity, and deliverance. The play is peppered with salty dialogue, simmered with sweet memories, then swirled together with rhythm and succulent sounds. We will discuss its poetry and ideas. The script of A Woman's Heart will be our text and will be provided in the first class.

Coordinator: Rod Owens

Rod retired from teaching high school English in 2015. He dove into the bracing waters of Cape Cod theatre in 2016 and relishes performing as three men in A Woman's Heart.




Deep Focus 
Day/Time  Wednesday 1:30-2:50 
Location Downtown Campus, Hyannis
SessionSecond 6 weeks 10/24
Limit: 22

This interactive class will take a closer look at the stylistic and thematic techniques used by Hitchcock, Ford and other influential filmmakers. Each week students will view assigned movies on their own. In class, we will examine relevant clips and critique the film. The coordinator will email a syllabus to everyone who registers for this class.

Coordinator: Evan Cook

Evan has coordinated The Famous Final Scene at A.L.L. for the past five years. He has also conducted film classes for Eldredge Library in Chatham. He enjoys the interpretation each movie fan brings to class discussions.




How To Read A Movie Visually 
Day/Time  Monday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-115
Session 12 weeks 9/10
Limit: 25

A movie has a basic structure through which the screenwriter/director keeps an audience enthralled. Its successful construction guarantees the audience’s participation in the film. This course will examine this structure by viewing and discussing three films from different periods of filmmaking, enabling the student to understand (read) the successful execution or failure of a film’s story line and thus augmenting the enjoyment of the movie-watching experience.

Coordinator: Joseph L. Gonzalez

Joseph is a native Cuban, raised and educated in the United States. He was a bilingual script supervisor in movies, commercials, music videos and television as well as a screenwriter of short and feature films. He studied film at the New School for Social Research in New York City and worked for twelve years as an editor/writer for several national magazines.




Making Shakespeare Come Alive 
Day/Time  Tuesday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-106
Session12 weeks 9/11
Limit: 25

As in the past, we will read two of The Bard's plays, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, with class members taking parts. We will also watch a film version of each play. Lively discussion regarding the plot and characters as well as interesting facts about each play and Shakespeare's life are part of each class.

Coordinator: John Kennedy and Barbara Berelowitz

John and Barbara have been coordinating this class at A.L.L. for many semesters.




Masterpieces of Chamber Music 
Day/Time  Monday 3:00-4:20 
Location C-106
Session 12 weeks 9/10
Limit: 25

For all the fame attached to their symphonies, concertos and operas, classical music's greatest composers have often maintained that their very best work came in the form of chamber music--music for small ensembles in intimate settings. Yet today, many symphony-goers dismiss this vast category without knowing much of anything about it. This course seeks to open up this treasure chest and highlight some of the wonders inside through live-performance videos. Examples will range from Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Mahler and Ravel to modern masters in both classical music and jazz.

Coordinator: John Temple

John is a semi-retired business writer, lifelong listener, former classical concert reviewer for the Boston Globe and Providence Journal, Sturgis Library trustee, and occasional presenter on historical topics. Last fall he led a 12-week A.L.L. course on Mozart's piano concertos.




More Great Operas of Rossini 
Day/Time  Monday 9:00-10:20 
Location C-115
SessionSecond 6 weeks 10/29
Limit: 25

Last fall's course on the great operas of Rossini showed what pure joy this composer's works are. This new course will feature 6 different works by the master, including Armida, Tancredi and Il Viaggio a Reims. The beautiful melodies and stupendous singing in these works ensure another generous helping of joy.

Coordinator: Steve Piontek

Steve has been passionate about opera for decades. He has previously presented courses on the operas of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Rossini and loves sharing his enthusiasm.




Philosophy and Film 
Day/Time  Friday 9:00-10:20 
Location North/South Hall
Session12 weeks 9/14
Limit: 25

This course is designed to explore some of the great ideas of both Western and Eastern thought. To understand these ideas better, we will view and discuss six classic American films which illustrate them: Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Matrix, High Noon, Double Indemnity, Groundhog Day, and On the Waterfront. (One or two of the films may possibly change.) No previous knowledge of philosophy is required, but a love of films and a desire to improve critical thinking about them is. Class times will vary in length. Those classes in which we introduce the topic will be 90 minutes (weeks 1,3,5,7,9,11). Those classes in which we view and discuss the film will be three hours (weeks 2,46,8,10,12).

Coordinator: Tom Gotsill

Tom taught literature, philosophy, and humanities on the secondary level for 40 years. He has also taught graduate courses in the College for Professional Studies at Northeastern University. He is a writer whose work can be found at




Talking Film 
Day/Time  Monday 2:00-3:15 
Location North/South Hall
Session12 weeks 9/10
Limit: 30

Class members will watch assigned films at home prior to the class discussion which will focus on themes and issues raised by the films.

Coordinator: Stephen Pastore

Stephen is the president of the Emile Zola Society (USA) and was the only American named to the Council of Management of the Thomas Hardy Society (UK). He is a published novelist and playwright and has taught at the university level for over 30 years.