In the last years of Elizabeth I’s reign, Shakespeare wrote three challenging plays, using the conventions of comedy to explore conflicting and very unconventional ideas. In Measure for Measure, All’s Well that End’s Well, and Troilus and Cressida, we find offbeat, dark comedies—experiments really—that explore the uneasy territories created by war, politics, and, most startlingly, the sexual exploitation of women. The plays are almost modern in their sensibility, presenting us with strong-willed, pragmatic heroines who confront gender inequality with guile, principle, and courage. Join OLLI and Mr. Lopez- Morillas for a thoughtful look at these brilliant but unusual masterpieces. The Bard was, once again, ahead of his time.