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  • Justice Breyer Makes Chicago Acting Debut as Ghost in Hamlet

    05/15/2009 1:55:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 552+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 14, 2009 | Chris Jones
    Meet the newest Chicago actor: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Breyer will be appearing as the Ghost in "Hamlet" in Hyde Park on Friday, with an encore presentation slated for Saturday. It's part of this weekend's "Shakespeare and the Law" conference at the University of Chicago Law School. Breyer's performance (part of a collection of scenes from "Hamlet," "As You Like It" and "Measure for Measure") will be open to the public, free of charge, subject to space limitations. Also of particular interest at the conference: U.S. Appeals Judge Diane Wood, a senior university lecturer and reportedly a candidate for...
  • Shakespeare for Presidents (Previous Presidents Loved Shakespeare)

    04/27/2009 3:00:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 742+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 26, 2009 | BARRY EDELSTEIN
    President Obama’s conscious emulation of Lincoln is a matter of record, whether it is in announcing his candidacy in Lincoln’s hometown or taking the oath of office on Lincoln’s Bible. Given Mr. Obama’s particular fondness for Lincolnesque oratory, it’s surprising that he hasn’t adopted one of Lincoln’s favorite habits: quoting Shakespeare. Lincoln was a lifelong Bardolater and serial Shakespeare-quoter, as Mr. Obama noted in remarks at the recent reopening of Ford’s Theater. Lincoln regarded Shakespeare, whose 445th birthday was last week, as many things: an oracle to be consulted for wisdom; a pastor with whom to share confidences and from...
  • Unleash thy inner bard on 'Talk Like Shakespeare Day'

    04/23/2009 7:50:33 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 36 replies · 2,391+ views
    CNN ^ | 21 Apr 09
    Hast thou been patterning thy parlance to evoke the vernacular of William Shakespeare? Well, get thee to an Internet machine hastily, sirrah or mistress, for thou hast but two days from Tuesday to unleash thy inner bard.
  • Justice Stevens Renders an Opinion on Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays

    04/19/2009 10:06:12 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 40 replies · 1,120+ views
    WSJ ^ | APRIL 18, 2009 | JESS BRAVIN
    In his 34 years on the Supreme Court, Justice John Paul Stevens has evolved from idiosyncratic dissenter to influential elder, able to assemble majorities on issues such as war powers and property rights. Now, the court's senior justice could be gaining ground on a case that dates back 400 years: the authorship of Shakespeare's plays. Justice Stevens, who dropped out of graduate study in English to join the Navy in 1941, is an Oxfordian -- that is, he believes the works ascribed to William Shakespeare actually were written by the 17th earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere. Several justices across...
  • Babes With Blades Presents An All-female Production Of MACBETH 4/27-5/30

    04/09/2009 11:18:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 1,791+ views
    Broadway World ^ | Thursday, April 9, 2009
    Babes With Blades closes its 2008-2009, 11th anniversary season with an all-female production of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth," directed by Next Theatre's Kevin Heckman. Enter a Scotland wracked by treachery and possessed by supernatural forces - a kingdom where loyalty is fatal, ambition is madness, and no motivation is pure. This production features mask work and broadsword-driven stage combat. The cast will be joined by youth actresses from The Viola Project, a Chicago organization offering Shakespeare performance workshops for girls 8-18 ( The show runs about two hours with one intermission. Note: "With" is capitalized in Babes With Blades. La Costa...
  • Shakespeare Scholars Say the Bard was Catholic?

    03/31/2009 1:07:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 611+ views
    cerc ^ | 05.11.99 | Paul Burnell
    An international gathering of scholars this summer examined the theory that playwright and poet William Shakespeare was a secret Catholic. MANCHESTER, England - It is early in the Protestant Reformation, and a time of fierce persecution of Catholics in England. Every Catholic faces the same questions: Will I rise up against the Queen if required? Will I become a martyr if given the chance?  If a group of English scholars are right, one Catholic poet summed up the dilemma nicely:“To be or not to be, that is the question.Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and...
  • Only Shakespeare Portrait Painted During His Lifetime Is Revealed in London (video)

    03/10/2009 9:53:40 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 1,418+ views
    NBC News ^ | March 10, 2009
    The New York Times: “His face is open and alive, with a rosy, rather sweet expression, perhaps suggestive of modesty.”
  • Shakespeare painting is 'only surviving portrait from his lifetime'

    03/08/2009 7:04:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies · 1,556+ views ^ | March 9, 2009 | Matt Sandy
    A 400 year old painting thought to be the only surviving portrait of William Shakespeare from his lifetime is to be unveiled. The picture, painted in 1610, six years before the playwright's death, has been owned by the Cobbe family since the early 18th century. But for three centuries they were unsure if the subject was Britain’s greatest writer. At one point it was thought to be Sir Walter Raleigh.
  • Shakespeare's Feminist Critics

    02/06/2009 12:36:55 PM PST · by bs9021 · 7 replies · 1,418+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 6, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    Shakespeare’s Feminist Critics Bethany Stotts, February 06, 2009 The tragedy of too many college courses on William Shakespeare these days is that students may be learning more about literary criticism than the Bard himself. “The fact is, even if you sign up for a course with ‘Shakespeare’ or ‘Faulkner’ in the title, there’s absolutely no guarantee that you’re going to be taught English or American literature,” argued Dr. Elizabeth Kantor in her 2006 Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature. “On the contrary, the professor is all too likely to make use of the literature to indoctrinate you in...
  • Lenny Henry on playing Othello

    02/05/2009 12:25:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 810+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Jasper Rees | 04 Feb 2009
    Some will be wondering where it’s going to end. Russell Brand to make his stage debut as the Prince of Denmark? Jo Brand to have a stab at Lady M? At the age of 50, Lenny Henry is to give his Othello. Unless you count panto, it will be his first time onstage in a dramatic role. Given the clownish figure he has always cut in performance, his casting by theatre company Northern Broadsides has a counterintuitive whiff about it. “All the galumphy Tiggerish stuff has got to go,” Henry concedes. A trim soldierly beard has sprouted around the mouth...
  • Animalistic Shakespeares Explored

    02/03/2009 9:29:56 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 673+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 3, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    Animalistic Shakespeares Explored by: Bethany Stotts, February 03, 2009 Not only did the Bard speak to human nature and love, but he also spoke to philosophy, epistemology, and sociology, according to four Modern Language Association (MLA) scholars speaking at a panel arranged by the Division on Shakespeare. They argued at this year’s MLA Convention that Shakespeare used complicated ecosystemic imagery to evoke concepts of Atomism, to delineate a continuum of animals, to explore nature’s indecipherability, and to comment on power struggles between social groups. Hamlet. The reflections of the melancholy protagonist Hamlet reflect the tenets of atomism, argued North Carolina...
  • Shakespeare and Deep England

    01/17/2009 2:09:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 818+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | January 7, 2009 | John Guy
    Jonathan Bate's eloquent evocation of the man from WarwickshireAt last we have a new kind of biography of Shakespeare. Starting from Ben Jonson’s description of Shakespeare as “Soul of the Age”, and shunning “the deadening march of chronological sequence that is biography’s besetting vice”, Jonathan Bate selects only the material that, he believes, will help to reveal Shakespeare’s cultural DNA. Structuring this loosely around the theme of the Seven Ages of Man from Jaques’s speech in As You Like It, Bate sweeps majestically backwards and forwards in time, moving between history and criticism, appropriating whatever best brings together Shakespeare’s life,...
  • Canal cruises into past prove Shakespeare was right [Italian Medieval/Renaissance canals reopening]

    01/14/2009 1:22:51 PM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 8 replies · 584+ views
    The Times [London, UK] ^ | January 12, 2009 | Richard Owen
    Italy is to reopen medieval and Renaissance inland waterways so that tourists can travel more than 500 kilometres (300 miles) by boat from Lake Maggiore to Venice via Milan. This summer engineers will start clearing eight kilometres of canals from the southern end of Lake Maggiore at Sesto Calende to Somma Lombardo. Alessandro Meinardi, of the Navigli Lombardi (Lombardy Canals) company, which is overseeing the project, said that the aim was to make navigable the whole of the 14th-century 140-kilometre stretch of waterways from Locarno in Switzerland to Milan. The restored canal system would eventually link up with the River...
  • Bard's Genius Slips Through Prison Bars

    10/13/2008 5:16:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 342+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | KATHY ANEY
    The stage was a high-gloss tile floor and a couple of simple chairs. Security cameras adorned the ceiling and a prison guard's eyes roved the room. Deep inside Two Rivers Correctional Facility, an all-convict cast performed "Hamlet" for other prisoners.Hamlet gazed heavenward and began his soliloquy. "To be or not to be, that is the question," he said. "Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles ... " The 25 or so men in the audience leaned forward in their chairs, absorbed in the...
  • 'The Simpsons' Go Shakespearean

    10/13/2008 4:34:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 374+ views
    BuddyT V ^ | Sunday, October 12, 2008
    Comedian Rick Miller recently adapted the Shakespeare classic Macbeth into a one-man production by casting characters from The Simpsons into the dark play about lethal ambition. Backed up by a simple stage, a few props and a slipcovered television as Express Night Put it, Miller created and performed the adaptation all by himself, using mostly Shakespeare's original words. He says they were fairly easy to adapt. "'Macbeth' is a pretty simple, straightforward story," Miller said. "It's probably one of the shorter tragedies — it seems to fit very well with this one dysfunctional family doing another dysfunctional family." Your Take...
  • Shakespeare and Pie

    10/07/2008 11:43:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 688+ views
    AMHERST, Mass., — Some students join for pie. Others show up for the Bard. Whatever their reasons are for joining the new Shakespeare and Pie club at Hampshire College, first-year student and club founder Josh Parr is pretty happy with the response. Parr started reading Shakespeare in high school, and the idea to pair Shakespearean discussion and snacks came to him shortly after he arrived on the Hampshire campus. The addition of pie, he said, was something he hoped would boost the club's popularity. "I had a few friends who were interested in a Shakespeare club. But everybody loves pie,"...
  • Neither a Borrower Nor Lender Be (Frivolous, demagogic liberalism catches up with America.)

    09/30/2008 10:43:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 579+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 10/1/2008 | George Neumayr
    Liberalism, as an experiment against common sense, undermines every institution it touches, including financial ones. In the age of political correctness, the conservatism of the banking industry was bound to give way to mindless multiculturalism and Great Society babble. Tried-and-true lending principles were deemed illiberal and imprudent loans became a form of "progress." Whatever the area that falls under it -- whether it is banking or education -- liberalism's regulatory regime consists of forcing people to adopt ideological goals which defy rationality: banks are told not to insist on such outmoded tests as good credit; schools are told not to...
  • Edward Achorn: Was the immortal Bard a Catholic?

    08/07/2008 7:37:07 PM PDT · by annalex · 35 replies · 231+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | Tuesday, August 5, 2008 | EDWARD ACHORN
    Edward Achorn: Was the immortal Bard a Catholic? 01:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 EDWARD ACHORN FOR CENTURIES, people have been trying to form a coherent picture of the greatest writer in the English language. We have scattered pieces that do not always fit together, leading crackpots to seize on all kinds of theories about William Shakespeare — most notably, the preposterous idea that someone else wrote the plays and poems under his name. But a new and stunning line of inquiry has gathered momentum in recent years. Academics have increasingly noted links between the Bard and the...
  • Man arrested over Shakespeare theft (Book valued at over $30m stolen ten years ago)

    07/11/2008 10:08:37 AM PDT · by Stoat · 11 replies · 246+ views
    Man arrested over Shakespeare theft     The Shakespeare book is worth an estimated £15m plus     A man has been arrested on suspicion of the theft of a priceless book from Durham University ten years ago. The first folio edition of a collection of the works of William Shakespeare, published in 1623, was one of a number of manuscripts and books stolen from the University library on Palace Green in December 1998. It is believed to be worth at least £15 million. Durham Police were alerted by the British Embassy in the United States, two weeks ago...
  • Shakespeare was a woman: Expert

    05/28/2008 4:21:43 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 88 replies · 784+ views
    PTI via, The Times of India ^ | 28 May, 2008 | PTI
    JERUSALEM: Shakespeare was actually a Jewish woman who had disguised to get her work published in Elizabethan London where original literature from women was not acceptable, an expert has contended. The woman, Amelia Bassano Lanier Bassano, was of Italian descent and lived in England as a Marrano. She has been known only as the first woman to publish a book of poetry ( Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum in 1611) and as a candidate for "the dark lady" referred to in the sonnets, daily Ha'aretz reported. The theory rests largely on the circumstances of Bassano's life, which John Hudson, an expert...