Rockland Public Library is partnering with the Maine Humanities Council to host a theatrical performance and program celebrating William Shakespeare’s inventive language on the 400th anniversary of his death. “Zany, Majestic Bard” will be presented Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. at the library, 80 Union St.

The program is led by theater artist David Greenham and includes singing, acting and learning activities aimed at making the works of Shakespeare more accessible and inspirational to all audiences. The talk will debunk a few of the myths about Shakespeare and also show how his work continues to be relevant 400 years later.

The show itself is broken into five short, focused “acts” and an epilogue, much like the structure of a Shakespearean play. “Zany, Majestic Bard” looks at keys to listening to and understanding Shakespeare; why seeing the plays live or on film is really what Shakespeare had in mind; the continually surprising relevance to today’s cultural and political life; and much more.

Greenham spent 14 leading the Theater at Monmouth, the Shakespearean Theater of Maine. He has been a theater artist and arts administrator in Maine for nearly 30 years. This is the fourth touring program he has created for the Maine Humanities Council; the previous three focused on taxes, growth and jobs, so this topic is a lot more fun. Greenham is program director for the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, where he is also an adjunct professor of drama. He directed the recent production of “Casablanca” for Everyman Repertory Theatre; and will direct Lanford Wilson’s “Talley’s Folly” this fall in Rockport and Augusta.

The program is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, call 594-0310.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.