On Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom, Rockland Shakespeare Society members will present dramatic readings of some of their personal favorite scenes from plays including "Henry V," "Midsummer Night's Dream," "Much Ado About Nothing," "Othello" and "Romeo & Juliet." Members participating are Jim Tolles, Joseph Coté, Mary Alice Bird, John Bird, Lisa Goodrich, and Peter Conant.

The Shakespeare Society of Rockland was started in 1889 by a group of women looking for intellectual stimulation and a way to spend Maine's long winter evenings. They met in each other's homes September through April on Monday evenings where they read a Tragedy or History play in the winter and a Comedy in the spring. Each meeting featured the reading of one act of the play under study by members with assigned roles and a paper related to the play written by a member of the group. The evenings ended with refreshments and socializing. This tradition continues today with some slight changes. Men were admitted to the society in the late 1980s almost 100 years later. The society is open to all with an interest in Shakespeare. For further information, please contact Marianne Boretz at mboretz@gmail.com.

To sign-up for a Zoom link for this event, please email pking@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on the day of the event. For more information, call Rockland Public Library at 594-0310.