Tuesday, July 2, 2019

In The News: "Bertram never caught on in the U.S. but rings loud in Shakespeare lore"

Evans: Bertram never caught on in U.S. but rings loud in Shakespeare lore

By Cleveland Evans

“I am undone: there is no living, none, if Bertram be away.”

Those are the words of low-born Helena in Shakespeare’s “All’s Well that Ends Well,” part of this year’s Shakespeare on the Green programming. The next performance is 8 p.m. Friday on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus.

In “All’s Well,” Helena loves Bertram, Count of Roussillon. She cures the King of France of a debilitating illness with knowledge learned from her late physician father, on the condition she can choose one of his courtiers as her husband.

The king forces Bertram to marry Helena. Disgusted at Helena’s lower class origin, Bertram runs off to Italy. There, he tries to seduce Diana. Helena follows Bertram to Italy, disguises herself as Diana and tricks Bertram into going to bed with her.

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