If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then glasses are the window to our eyes. (That's my justification for including this in #WindowFriday/#FensterFreitag.) 🙂 A quiet still-life photograph I took not too long ago, in lovely black and white. https://jon-woodhams.pixels.com/featured/bifocals-and-hamlet-jon-woodhams.html
We stood in a circle as a company one final time. I stumbled through some words. “Thank you for coming on this journey with me” or something to that effect. But mostly I just marveled at this group of beautiful people.
Some of our super team performing excerpts of Macbeth plus a Q&A at Torquay Library today ahead of the main show tour. Thank you so much to the library for making us so welcome!
#devontheatre #brixhamtheatre #devonactors #macbeth #devon #torbay #theater #acting #stage #rehearsal #britishtheatre #regionaltheatre #touringtheatre #torquay #torquaylibrary #shakespeare #brixhamdevon #theatrearts #DevonActors
Wish I had made this comparison, but since I didn't, gotta share it here.
#shakespeare browsing Instagram
When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Flights of Angels, Michael Gambon. Everybody will call him Dumbledore, but IMDB lists his first credit as several minor characters in Olivier's Othello! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059555/?ref_=nm_flmg_t_172_act #Shakespeare #Othello #Dumbledore #HarryPotter
I was graciously referred to a producer during the #WGAstrike about Billy Shakes Is Out for Royalties. Just sent an email, fingers crossed for a meeting.
Billy Shakes is coming for all the royalties he’s owed by the producers, a fun fever dream of a film noir exploitation film.
#BillyShakesIsOutForRoyalties #BillyShakes #OutForRoyalties #royalties #WilliamShakespeare #Shakespeare #DavidAugust #film #movie #script #gun #FilmNoir #ExploitationFilm #FeverDream #residuals #writing #writer
On Shakespeare’s Two Heroic Friends that Saved the Bard’s Plays From Being Burned ‹ Literary Hub
Free event streaming live (!) Tuesday night at 7:30 US Eastern: "Tilting at Windmills: Cervantes, Shakespeare, and the Cultural Significance of Don Quixote." An interactive discussion with guests from Red Bull Theater, Repertorio Español, and members of UCLA's Diversifying the Classics. Link is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DePZaeGT980 #cervantes #shakespeare #literature #histodons #earlymodern #español
Here's my story from the weekend about writing letters to the lovelorn on behalf of Juliet in Verona, Italy:
Verona, Juliet house: Casa di Giulietta and giving free romantic advice https://www.smh.com.au/traveller/inspiration/in-the-home-of-juliet-i-gave-out-free-advice-on-people-s-love-lives-20230915-p5e4x5.html
COMINIUS: I offer'd to awaken his regard
For's private friends: his answer to me was,
He could not stay to pick them in a pile
Of noisome musty chaff. He said 'twas folly,
For one poor grain or two, to leave unburnt
And still to nose the offence.
MENENIUS: For one poor grain or two!
I am one of those; his mother, wife, his child,
And this brave fellow too, we are the grains.
— Coriolanus, V, i
In Traveller today... I am Juliet!
Or at least, Juliet's secretary. In Verona, I volunteered to answer letters sent to Shakespeare's doomed heroine by lovelorn people from around the world. Here's how it went...
You can read the article in print in The Age or Sydney Morning Herald today, or check out the online version here: https://www.theage.com.au/traveller/inspiration/in-the-home-of-juliet-i-gave-out-free-advice-on-people-s-love-lives-20230915-p5e4x5.html
@jasondidner This kind of fits with what I "know."
In Billy Shakes Is Out for Royalties, Billy Shakes hasn't slept in 400 years and is coming for all the royalties he’s owed by the producers in this fun fever dream of a film noir exploitation film.
#FakeShakespeareFacts #BillyShakesIsOutForRoyalties #BillyShakes #OutForRoyalties #royalties #WilliamShakespeare #Shakespeare #DavidAugust #film #movie #script #gun #FilmNoir #ExploitationFilm #FeverDream #residuals #writing #writer
We saw the #StratfordFestival production of #MuchAdoABoutNothing last night. It runs until October 27, and I highly recommend that, if you have a chance, go see it! It features some hilarious physical comedy and really draws the audience in. The additional text is thoughtfully crafted: it gives the character Hero more of a voice and more force without being jarring or preachy. Great show! #Shakespeare
The acting MFA program at our alma mater of Case Western Reserve University is staging William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" at the Cleveland Play House the rest of September! This is the Bard most influenced by the pastorale plays with commedia dell'arte elements, something we have been working more on lately.
Reserve your tickets: https://www.clevelandplayhouse.com/shows/2023/the-tempest
#DavidTennant said in an interview he isn't superstitious, so instead of talking about the "Scottish Play" he refers to it by its title.
I researched that a bit and found this interesting article by the Royal #Shakespeare Company:
"The Curse of the Scottish Play
The Scottish Play. The Bard’s Play. Macbeth is surrounded by superstition and fear of the ‘curse’ – uttering the play’s name aloud in a #theatre causes bad luck. But where did this superstition come from?"
#shakespeare summed up eloquently:
"we can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and we can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and we can do you all three concurrent or consecutive. But we can't give you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory. They're all blood, you see."
~ Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead
The Foodbank Players perform the classic tale, 'Romeo and Juliet', at the Healing Garden, plus one night only at Cal Shakes. Director Gene Kahane invites Alameda to catch the show before it closes and experience the magic of live Shakespearean theater.
PUCK: Damned spirits all,
That in crossways and floods have burial,
Already to their wormy beds are gone;
For fear lest day should look their shames upon,
They willfully themselves exile from light
And must for aye consort with black-brow'd night.
— A Midsummer Night's Dream, III, ii
Great days in #Shakespeare — my students are designing soundscapes for R&J I.5 after reading the scene and discussing it. Such energy!
Yesterday we went to see "Troilus and Cressida" at the #Shakespeare Tavern - it was great. It is not clear that this play was ever performed in Shakespeare's lifetime, so you don't want to miss your chance to see it now! #Atlanta #ShakespeareTavern https://www.shakespearetavern.com/on-stage/company/troilus-and-cressida/
I did two comics in a little less than a month, who even am I anymore? It's almost like I have a bunch of fast-approaching deadlines I am not eager to think about. (*laughs nervously*)
Shakespeare everywhere! The more I read the more I hear. It's amazing.
And I've only read four plays, and really studied two.
Heading to this event. You may be able to stream it. Few books are more celebrated than Shakespeare’s First Folio. Published in 1623, the First Folio was the first collected edition of the Bard’s drama, bringing together edited texts of 36 plays--including 18 that had never before been published.
Only 233 copies of the First Folio are known to survive. One is held by the Newberry.
Tiny love notes attached with gum cover the courtyard walls at the possible family home of Shakespeare's muse for Romeo & Juliet. It is said that if you leave a declaration of your love at Juliet's House you and your lover will be together forever.
Not sure “captures” is the best nuance here, but OK.
New ‘Verbal Treasure Trove’ Dictionary Captures Nuances And Uses Of Shakespeare’s Words
Space, superheroes, The Beatles, Grumpy Aliens, Goblins & more. — Honestly idk how everyone keeps up sometimes. 😂
I'm enjoying the poetic justice and the absolute strangeness to a second language speaker of the expression "hoist with his own petard", and this brings me to the question of what the most glorious examples of this happening are.
Brighten my day with a few hoisting examples.
Been a while since I posted some Stratford shots. Here we have:
1. Fishpond, Festival Theatre gardens, west of the main entrance.
2. Stratford railway station.
3. Tom Patterson Island.
4. Tom Patterson Island and Victoria Lake footpath.
More details in the alt text.
Florida school system ditches Shakespeare over ‘Don’t Say Gay’. A reading teacher in the district, told the Tampa Bay Times that “the rest of the nation — no, the world, is laughing us”
#LGBTQ students are losing out, but so are ALL Florida students.
Update on #Shakespeare situation in Florida #schools: confusion. Parts of “Romeo & Juliet” #banned #censored; but then play is named “book of the month” in one district. Also, some schools will have full “#novel #readings.” I thought Shakespeare wrote plays & #poetry. Whatever. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/10/us/florida-schools-rules-transgender-pronouns.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare
Hillsborough schools cut back on Shakespeare, citing new Florida rules
This is the quote that gets me:
“There’s some raunchiness in Shakespeare,” said Joseph Cool, a reading teacher at Gaither High School. “Because that’s what sold tickets during his time.”
I love a good Shakespearean analogy more than most, but while Richard II calls back to the sad fall and humbling of a king, I think the demise of the thief Bardolph might have been more appropriate.
From ‘Mr President’ to ‘Mr’: strongman Donald Trump cut down to size in court
🆕 blog! “Theatre Review: Sh!t Faced Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing”
Make Shakespeare Lowbrow Again!1 That's a rallying cry I can get behind. Willy wrote for the groundlings - plenty of sex and violence, interspersed with fart jokes and casual xenophobia. When your audience are drunk and violent, you really need to bring your best rhy…
🆕 blog! “Shakespeare Serif - an experimental font based on the First Folio”
Disclaimer! Work In Progress! See source code. I recently read this wonderful blog post about using 17th Century Dutch fonts on the web. And, because I'm an idiot, I decided to try and build something similar using Shakespeare's first folio as a template. Now, before setting off …
🆕 blog! “Theatre Review: Shakespeare in the Garden's Romeo and Juliet”
Everybody knows the story of Juliet and her Romeo. Everybody. It's a cultural touchstone unlike any other. It has been remixed, reinterpreted, reimagined, and probably remastered into 4K 3D. So what can a new production of it bring? Well, for a start, ukuleles. The …
The Globe Theatre in London, built by William Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, burns to the ground. #OTD in 1613.
A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and stayed open until the London theatre closures of 1642. As well as plays by Shakespeare, early works by Ben Jonson, Thomas Dekker and John Fletcher were first performed here. via @Wikipedia
As I was reading this epic thread of words in Lord of the Rings that have wandered in meaning https://mastodon.nu/@Loukas/110570108533679423 I noticed there’s about one word every few pages on average, and remembered that when you read Shakspere, about one in ten words have diverged from modern usage 🥵 #Tolkien #Shakespeare
Today, June 23, 1593, William Shakespeare and his acting troupe perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Morpheus and an audience of fae folk (The Sandman: Dream Country, by @neilhimself and Charles Vess)
🆕 blog! “Review: Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare's Globe”
I'll cheerfully admit to only having a hazy familiarity with the play (it's the one with twins that isn't 12th Night, and with the shipwreck which isn't Tempest, and with the annoyed money-lender which isn't Merchant of Venice... wait... perhaps I have seen it in aggregate!) On the one hand, this is an entirely tr…
“With both reflection and anticipation, I commit this merge, bridging the realms of innovation and evaluation, as the #disruptive force we have unleashed reverberates through the business world. Let this extraordinary convergence be a reminder that progress often requires sacrifice and the willingness to challenge the status quo.
Signed, William #Shakespeare”
When Shylock spoke Yiddish:
In the late 19th and early 20th century, Yiddish #theater star Jacob P. Adler (right) was known for playing Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice." His portrayal was no villainous cliche but a proud #Jew who, even in defeat, left the stage with his head high.
Invited to bring the show to Broadway in English (which Adler spoke with a heavy accent), he agreed to a compromise: everyone else spoke in English but Shylock spoke #Yiddish.
Something wicked this way comes! UC Shakespeare Trial 2023 at Freight & Salvage, next Sunday, 4/30.
The Macbeth Files: A Witches’ Brew
What was Shakespeare's wife's name?
A. Anne Hathaway
B. Julia Roberts
C. Emma Watson
D. Kate Winslet