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Tom Hanks Is Falstaff. Discuss.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:22:11 +0000

Have you heard the news? No, not that Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have been associated with The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ Simply Shakespeare event since 1990. This year, Hanks and Wilson will actually be taking part in the production, something they’ve never done before. Even better?  Tom Hanks is playing Falstaff. How … Continue reading Tom Hanks Is Falstaff. Discuss.

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What If Claudius Was Innocent?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:22:00 +0000

Here’s a thought that came to me over the weekend.  What if the “ghost of Hamlet’s father” really was an evil spirit that was just trying to cause trouble? What if Claudius didn’t really kill Hamlet’s father?  How would the play change? Other than Claudius’ actual words (“a brother’s murder”), how much evidence is there … Continue reading What If Claudius Was Innocent?

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Sir Patrick Brings The Shakespeare

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:52:45 +0000

So you’re putting together the Motion Picture Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony, and you need a big name to host.  Why not geek cultural icon, Professor Xavier and Jean Luc Picard himself, Sir Patrick Stewart?  A match made in heaven.  Sir Patrick, who seems to always be in the mood for such sport, is game … Continue reading Sir Patrick Brings The Shakespeare

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The Ultimate Shakespeare Hoodie

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 15:03:26 +0000

So, I’ve got the chance on Amazon Merch to make hoodies. But before I just jump in and blindly start copying designs from t-shirts and then waiting 90 days of no sales before they get de-listed, I thought I’d do some market research. Let’s design the ultimate Shakespeare hoodie and I’ll see if I can’t … Continue reading The Ultimate Shakespeare Hoodie

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Lear’s Shadow

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:43:54 +0000

SCENE A rehearsal room, dark. Enter JACK through the curtains, directly from outside as we see cars driving past.  He rolls a single, lit incandescent lamp to center, and opens the curtains. We see folding tables on which sit copies of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.  JACK picks one up and starts swearing. Enter … Continue reading Lear’s Shadow

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Step Aside, Holinshed?

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:17:25 +0000

The New York Times this week has an interesting (?) story about a possible new source that Shakespeare may have consulted while writing. Dennis McCarthy and June Schlueter, who of course have a book coming out, used plagiarism detection software to spot similarities between Shakespeare’s work and “A Brief Discourse of Rebellion and Rebels” by George … Continue reading Step Aside, Holinshed?

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You Learned From Who That Ears Are What Now?

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:41:35 +0000

Reading The Idiot by Elif Batuman, and this odd sentence went flying past: I knew from Shakespeare class that ears were sexual. I’m sorry, what?  I love that I’ve been doing this for almost thirteen years now and I can still find new things to talk about.  I’ve definitely never heard the argument made that … Continue reading You Learned From Who That Ears Are What Now?

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The Adventures Of Will And The Boys

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:23:35 +0000

Recently I spotted The Enchantress of Numbers, a novel about Ada Lovelace. If you’re unfamiliar with that name, she’s often credited as being the first computer programmer because of her relationship with Charles Babbage, inventor of the Difference Engine (often heralded as the first modern programmable computing device).  As a lifelong computer geek and now … Continue reading The Adventures Of Will And The Boys

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Which Play Do You Wish You Had Studied?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:23:14 +0000

I’m in the middle of a book right now, The Idiot by Elif Batuman, and while I can agree that it’s a very well-written book that deserves that praise it’s getting … I’m not enjoying it.  It feels like homework.  If I was back in college and this was required reading? Fine.  I can read … Continue reading Which Play Do You Wish You Had Studied?

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Every Night Is Now Trivia Night

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:42:37 +0000

I think that, as a general rule, if you know more about Shakespeare than the average person, chances are that’s also true of a broad number of categories.  You’re likely to be good at general knowledge stuff.  Which also, if you’re like me, means that people want you for their trivia team.  I always hope … Continue reading Every Night Is Now Trivia Night

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