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  • 'To E Or Not To E': USC And UCLA Quibble Over How To Spell Shakespear(e)

    08/25/2017 9:27:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | August 24, 2017 | COLIN DWYER
    If Angelenos know one truth, it may well be this: There is absolutely no love lost between the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles. In the classroom, on the football field, around campus — few places escape the pervasive sway of LA's great rivalry. But this week, the battle has found a new theater: the proper spelling of Shakespear(e). See, USC recently unveiled one of the most ambitious projects it has ever embarked upon: USC Village, a $700 million, 15-acre development that opened earlier this month to great fanfare. And towering over it all is a...
  • Shakespeare may have been gay, says artistic director of RSC [Royal Shakespeare Company] [ed]

    07/22/2017 2:28:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2017 | Staff
    William Shakespeare may have been gay, the artistic director the Royal Shakespeare Company has suggested, and directors can no longer hide the sexuality of his homosexual characters.
  • London School Asks Pupils to Write A Suicide Notes for Homework (literary exercise)

    06/26/2017 1:25:04 PM PDT · by johnk · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 23 JUNE 2017 • 5:28PM | Harry Yorke
    A secondary school has been forced to apologize to parents after an English teacher asked students to draft a suicide note for homework as part of a module on Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. More than 60 pupils at Thomas Tallis school, Kidbrooke, London were asked to pen an imaginary final note after reading one of the play’s most celebrated scenes, when Lady Macbeth takes her own life. Having conspired with her husband to murder King Duncan, Lady Macbeth commits suicide by “self and violent hands” after being driven mad by guilt and violent imagery of his murder. The pupils were asked...
  • 2017: Right Splits over Civil Disobedience, Left Splits over Political Violence

    06/18/2017 5:58:18 PM PDT · by Bratch · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | June 18, 2017 | Ezra Dulas
    [...] The New Political Landscape Two parties — Republicans and Democrats — still essentially rule American politics, but their constituencies are becoming more tribal and divided, even against their electoral allies. Trump voters hate Republican lawmakers, such as Sens. John McCain and Ben Sasse, for publicly attacking the president and his agenda during and after the 2016 election. Democrats are still picking up the pieces from a contentious DNC leadership race, where establishment-friendly Obama ally Evan Perez narrowly defeated far-left Rep. Keith Ellison. These same divisions play out in cultural institutions, such as the social justice warriors purging classical liberal professor Bret...
  • “Climate Change” is Our New Wizard of Oz

    06/17/2017 5:25:13 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 15 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | 6.17.2017 | David Blackmon
    A ship filled with Canadian “Climate Change” researchers, whose goal was to study the reasons for the largely mythical “melting” of Arctic ice (Arctic sea ice extent is virtually unchanged since 2006), was forced to abandon its mission when it was prevented from launching its expedition as it was stuck in port for two solid weeks due to…wait for it…wait for it…TOO MUCH ICE! I swear I don’t make this stuff up. Naturally, the “scientists” spent their two weeks stuck in port devising a rationalization to blame their problem on…wait for it…CLIMATE CHANGE! Holy cow. But hey, it’s not just...
  • 'Julius Caesar' to continue despite mounting controversy

    06/15/2017 6:20:00 AM PDT · by Religion and Politics · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 14, 2017 | Linda Massarella
    A modern production of “Julius Caesar” — with an actor made up as Donald Trump getting offed onstage — will continue to play in Central Park as scheduled, the theater company said. The production — part of the annual Shakespeare in the Park series — has been ripped by the White House since it was mounted Sunday.
  • Taxpayers Give $30 Million so NYC’s Shakespeare Festival can Assassinate Trump Onstage

    06/13/2017 3:53:41 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 13 replies
    TruthRevolt ^ | 06/13/2017 | Trey Sanchez
    What a deal! After learning that an actor dressed to look just like his father gets brutally murdered on stage in a production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Donald Trump, Jr. asked, “I wonder how much of this 'art' is funded by taxpayers?" Well, thanks to some digging by Adam Andrzejewski, founder of the federal watchdog OpenTheBooks.com, we now know the answer: "Data at OpenTheBooks.com shows that over $4.1 million in federal, state and city grants funded the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF) – the parent company to Public Theater and its production, Shakespeare in the Park – over the...
  • An Inartful Dodger

    06/13/2017 4:13:51 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 6-13-17 | MOTUS
    Today’s Topic: Shakespeare in the Park, an Assassination. Funny, it’s “art” when the Left approves and “racist” “sexist”  “homophobic” or “Islamophobic” when they don’t. That’s a little too nuanced for me. And poor dear Chelsea,she apparently didn’t know exactly which way to go with the depiction of the assassination of the American President so she rather inartfully attempts to tread water:Ha, ha - irrelevance is something none of the Clintons can get their heads around.For future reference: sometimes it’s best to  shut up and have people assume you’re stupid instead of tweeting to prove it.  I guess Chels was just...
  • Delta Airlines Dumps NYC’s Public Theater Over ‘Graphic’ Trumpified ‘Julius Caesar’

    06/11/2017 6:14:03 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    The Wrap.com ^ | 6/11/2017 | Thom Geier
    Delta Airlines announced on Sunday that it was withdrawing its sponsorship of New York City’s nonprofit Public Theater over a new Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Caesar” featuring a facsimile of Donald Trump in the title role meeting a very bloody end. “No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of Julius Caesar at this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines’ values,” the company said in a statement, ending a four-year-old sponsorship. “Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste. We have notified...
  • Senators Stab Donald Trump to Death in Central Park Performance of Shakespeare’s 'Julius Caesar'

    06/06/2017 2:22:17 PM PDT · by drewh · 41 replies
    Mediate.com ^ | 2:19pm June 6th | Aiden McLaughlin
    According to Playbill, The Public Theater’s Oskar Eustis directed the Trump-inspired take on the classic political drama, which boasts famed stage actor John Douglas Thompson and House of Cards star Corey Stoll in its cast. The choice of Julius Caesar for the annual program is one dripping with subtext, chosen deliberately for the supposed parallels between the Roman dictator and Trump. A description of the play on The Public Theater’s website states that “Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.” It describes the Roman leader as “Magnetic, populist, irreverent,” and “bent on absolute power.” The description also notes that...
  • The Life and Death of Julius Caesar

    03/15/2017 10:52:52 AM PDT · by TBP · 6 replies
    MIT ^ | circa 1599 | William Shakespeare
    ACT I SCENE I. Rome. A street. Enter FLAVIUS, MARULLUS, and certain Commoners FLAVIUS Hence! home, you idle creatures get you home: Is this a holiday? what! know you not, Being mechanical, you ought not walk Upon a labouring day without the sign Of your profession? Speak, what trade art thou? First Commoner Why, sir, a carpenter. MARULLUS Where is thy leather apron and thy rule? What dost thou with thy best apparel on? You, sir, what trade are you? Second Commoner Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am but, as you would say, a cobbler. MARULLUS...
  • Kimura’s Crazed ‘Macbeth’ for Today

    02/10/2017 2:03:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    THE JAPAN TIMES ^ | JAN 24, 2017 | Nobuko Tanaka
    “When I was studying English literature at the University of Tokyo, even though I had no theater experience at all, I got the chance to direct ‘Macbeth,’ ” 33-year-old Ryunosuke Kimura explained when we met recently at a rehearsal studio in downtown Tokyo. “To start my research, I rented a video of ‘Ninagawa Macbeth’ — but I was amazed because it seemed entirely different from William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth,’ ” he recalled. Indeed it was amazingly different, because the late Yukio Ninagawa set his 1980 masterpiece in samurai-era Japan, not medieval Scotland, and he also filled most of the stage with...
  • 21 Everyday Phrases That Come Straight From Shakespeare's Plays

    12/30/2016 10:16:58 AM PST · by blam · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12-30-2016 | Elena Holodny
    Llena Holodny December 30, 2016 William Shakespeare wrote a lot of great plays, but he also coined and popularized a lot of words and phrases that we still use to this day. We put together a list of our 21 favorites. Check them out: "Puking" "The Seven Ages of Man: The Infant" by Robert Smirke, derived from a monologue in Shakespeare's "As You Like It."Wikimedia "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At...
  • Bye, Bye Bard: Penn’s ‘Snowflakes’ Ban Shakespeare

    12/15/2016 4:36:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2016 | 2:11 PM EST | Leesa K. Donner
    In the raging battle of culture wars — another one bites the dust. This time an English white male known as William Shakespeare has been removed from his prominent place at that bastion of Ivy League-ness, the University of Pennsylvania. English Department Chair Jed Esty confirmed that students removed Shakespeare’s portrait from its location in Fisher-Bennett Hall, as “a way of affirming their commitment to a more inclusive mission for the English department,” The Daily Pennsylvanian reported. […] So for whom did The Bard stand down at the University of Pennsylvania? You probably have never even heard of her. I...
  • Students rip down Shakespeare portrait at UPenn

    12/12/2016 9:54:44 AM PST · by Red Badger · 120 replies
    www.campusreform.org ^ | 12-12-16 | Anthony Gockowski
    Students at the University of Pennsylvania removed a portrait of Shakespeare from a prominent location in the school’s English department after complaining that he did not represent a diverse range of writers. The Department had previously voted to remove the painting, so students took matters into their own hands, replacing the portrait with one of an African American writer and delivering Shakespeare to the Department Chair's office. Students at the University of Pennsylvania removed a portrait of Shakespeare from a prominent location in the school’s English department after complaining that he did not represent a diverse range of writers. In...
  • Queen’s University stage production scrapped over ‘oppressive’ choice of white woman to play Othello

    11/05/2016 6:05:26 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 33 replies
    National Post ^ | November 5, 2016 | Graeme Hamilton
    A Queen’s University student theatre company has cancelled a production of Shakespeare’s Othello set to open this month following an outcry over the decision to cast a white woman in the title role of a black man. “For the safety and mental health of our entire team we unfortunately feel the need to suspend our production of Othello,” the artistic directors wrote on Facebook Wednesday. They subsequently apologized to the Kingston, Ont., university’s black community for what they called an “oppressive” artistic decision. After September auditions, Queen’s Vagabond Theatre made what its directors acknowledged was a risky decision: Lauren Broadhurst,...
  • ” O! that a man might know …”

    10/31/2016 2:37:17 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies
    Sword and Shield of Hawaii ^ | Oct. 11 , 2016 | Sword and Shield of Hawaii
    O! that a man might know The end of this day’s business, ere it come; But it sufficeth that the day will end, And then the end is known. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Forever, and forever, farewell, Cassius! If we do meet again, why, we shall smile; If not, why then this parting was well made. Shakespeare – Julius Caesar – Act 5:1
  • So monkeys CAN write Shakespeare - with a little help from mind-reading technology

    09/12/2016 7:45:27 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/12/2016 | Libby Plummer
    It is often said that, given an infinite amount of time, monkeys hitting random keys on a typewriter will eventually type the works of Shakespeare. While it may seem far fetched, an unusual experiment has achieved the fabled task. To illustrate how paralysed people can type using a device called a ‘brain-computer interface’, scientists used monkeys to show how it can be done. Two rhesus macaque monkeys (stock picture) typed a passage from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as well as portions of the New York Times, at 12 words per minute.
  • Deplorable Election Day

    09/10/2016 11:33:10 AM PDT · by antidisestablishment · 12 replies
    9/10/16 | self
    But if it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul alive. No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from America: Rather proclaim it, Ryan, through my host, That he which hath no stomach to this fight, Let him depart; his passport shall be made And filthy dollars for convoy put into his purse: We would not die in that man's company That fears his fellowship to die with us. This day is called the Election: He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named, And...
  • Radar Scan of Shakespeare's Grave Confirms Skull Apparently Missing

    03/24/2016 10:53:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 24, 2016
    Shakespeare's skull is likely missing from his grave, an archaeologist has concluded, confirming rumors which have swirled for years about grave-robbers and adding to the mystery surrounding the Bard's remains. Four hundred years after his death and burial at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon, central England, researchers were allowed to scan the grave of England's greatest playwright with ground-penetrating radar. But in the area under the church floor where the Bard's skull was expected to be, they found signs of interference.