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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 (violaproject.com). 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
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 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 · 33 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...
  • Words coined by Shakespeare

    04/28/2008 11:35:28 AM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies · 337+ views
    Rhymezone ^ | 1589-1611 | Shakespeare
    Nouns: accused addiction alligator amazement anchovies assassination backing bandit bedroom bump buzzers courtship critic dauntless dawn design dickens discontent embrace employer engagements excitements exposure eyeball fixture futurity glow gust hint immediacy investments kickshaws leapfrog luggage manager mimic misgiving mountaineer ode outbreak pageantry pedant perusal questioning reinforcement retirement roadway rumination savagery scuffles shudders switch tardiness transcendence urging watchdog wormhole zany Verbs: besmirch bet blanket cake cater champion compromise cow denote deracinate dialogue dislocate divest drug dwindle elbow enmesh film forward gossip grovel hobnob humour hurry impedes jet jig label lapse lower misquote negotiate numb pander partner petition puke rant reword secure...
  • Shakespeare came from Wales

    04/01/2008 1:48:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 463+ views
    News Wales ^ | April 1 2008
    William Shakespeare's plays were penned by a little known Welsh law clerk, Dyfed ap Davis, it was revealed today. Because Welshmen were out of favour at the court of Queen Elizabeth 1, Monmouth-born ap Davis bribed the actor William Shakespeare to put his name to what are fallaciously known as the works of the great Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon. They shared the royalties and were often seen drunk together in Covent Garden and Cardiff Bay. Many of the plays were originally set in Wales but, because of the Queen's preferences, had to be transferred to more exotic climes. The character Hamlet...
  • Tantalizing hints of Shakespeare

    02/26/2008 11:15:45 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 416+ views
    Marjorie Kehe
    A historian pieces together bits and scraps in an effort to re-create a chapter in the life of the Bard of Avon.What do we really know about William Shakespeare? Apart from his writing (if it is, indeed, his writing), almost nothing. And what an unhappy thing that's been for scholars throughout the centuries. But Charles Nicholl (British historian, biographer, and travel writer) seems quite cheerfully prepared to do much with little. One of the few solid sightings of Shakespeare in the public record (discovered only in 1909) is his appearance as a witness in a trial in 1612. There, Shakespeare...
  • Shakespearian Dystopias

    02/13/2008 2:03:04 PM PST · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 156+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 13, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Shakespearian Dytopias by: Bethany Stotts, February 12, 2008 Chicago, Ill.— A recent Modern Language Association (MLA) panel hosted by the Division on Shakespeare asked “What Does Science Have to Do With Shakespeare?” According to Professor Henry Turner of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, if the question encompasses attitudes toward science, “then the answer to [the] question is: quite a bit.” He listed many areas on which Shakespeare’s work touches, including “cosmology, medicine, mathematics, meteorological phenomena....astrology, and other so-called ‘sciences.’”... ....Similarly, Professor Paula Blank argued that Shakespeare explored how humanity itself defies measurement. “Shakespeare’s rhetoric of measurement exposes more often...
  • Shakesqueer

    01/09/2008 10:56:17 AM PST · by bs9021 · 66 replies · 246+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 9, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Shakesqueer by: Bethany Stotts, January 09, 2008 Chicago, Ill.—The recent Shakespeare panel at the 2007 Modern Language Association (MLA) convention, ironically titled “Shakesqueer,” featured four queer theorists presenting articles soon to be published by the notoriously liberal Duke University press. The panelists described the collection as the first reputable, scholarly collection of Shakespeare queer theory criticism, and it will join other illustrious Duke Press lesbian bisexual gay transsexual (LGBT) titles such as “Barbie’s Queer Accessories,” “Desiring Disability: Queer Theory Meets Disability Studies,” “Female Masculinity,” and “In the Name of National Security: Hitchcock, Homophobia, and the Political Construction of Gender in...
  • BBC to film all 37 of Bard's plays (12-year Shakespeare project could top $200 Million)

    11/18/2007 11:53:23 AM PST · by Stoat · 22 replies · 428+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 18, 2007 | Chris Hastings and Stephanie Plentl
    BBC to film all 37 of Bard's plays By Chris Hastings and Stephanie Plentl  Last Updated: 4:36pm GMT 18/11/2007     Boasting one of the greatest casts ever assembled and spanning more than seven years, the BBC's Shakespeare series 30 years ago was a defining moment in British television history.   Helen Mirren in the 1980s version of Cymbeline   Now the corporation aims to upstage its own classics by producing new versions of all 37 of the Bard's plays.It has enlisted Sam Mendes, Oscar-winning director of American Beauty and Road to Perdition, and his Neal Street company to produce...
  • Mystery Of The 'missing' Shakespeare Portrait

    10/30/2007 2:03:48 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 155+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-30-2007
    Mystery of 'missing' Shakespeare portrait 30 October 2007 NewScientist.com news service It is the kind of argument William Shakespeare himself would have enjoyed. On one side is a claim that a famous portrait of the Bard has gone missing and been replaced by a fake. On the other side, the claim is dismissed as nonsense. The row is over a painting of Shakespeare known as the Flower portrait. Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel from the University of Mainz, Germany, examined the portrait in 1996 and pronounced it an authentic representation of Shakespeare, painted in 1609. In 2006, the National Portrait Gallery in London...
  • Upon Saint Crispin's Day: My Two Cents on Honoring What's Honrorable

    10/26/2007 8:37:14 AM PDT · by Natty Bumppo@frontier.net · 7 replies · 235+ views
    Spare Change | October 25, 2007 | David J. Aland
    1,721 years ago, two Christian brothers in pagan Gaul were martyred. 300 years later, they were named Saints of the Catholic Church, celebrated on the 25th of October. On the Feast of Crispin and Crispinian, some of the most climactic battles in Western history have been fought: Balaklava, Leyte Gulf, Cap Finisterre. The Cuban Missile Crisis began on Crispin’s Day, as did the First Marxist Revolution, and the United States invaded Grenada. Pablo Picasso and Minnie Pearl were born on Crispin’s Day; Geoffrey Chaucer and Bat Masterson passed away. But no one remembers Saint Crispin’s Day the way Will Shakespeare...
  • Coalition aims to expose Shakespeare

    09/08/2007 9:31:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies · 574+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Sat Sep 8 | D'ARCY DORAN
    LONDON - The bard, or not the bard, that is the question. Some of Britain's most distinguished Shakespearean actors have reopened the debate over whether William Shakespeare, a 16th century commoner raised in an illiterate household in Stratford-upon-Avon, wrote the plays that bear his name. Acclaimed actor Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance, the former artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London, unveiled a "Declaration of Reasonable Doubt" on the authorship of Shakespeare's work Saturday, following the final matinee of "I am Shakespeare," a play investigating the bard's identity, in Chichester, southern England. A small academic industry has developed around...
  • American group brings Shakespeare to Stockholm's Drottningholm Palace

    08/30/2007 3:31:58 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 7 replies · 372+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 08/29/2007 | Paul O'Mahony
    This Friday and Saturday, the American Drama Group Europe (ADGE) will be performing William Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' at Drottningholms Slottspark Teatern in Stockholm. Producer Grantly Marshall talks to The Local about touring the castles of Europe and coming to Sweden.
  • 'Merchant [of Venice]' a Tough Sell (The PC-ification of Shakespeare)

    07/12/2007 6:43:58 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 7 replies · 542+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | July 12, 2007 | Aaron R. Conklin
    SPRING GREEN, WI -- In a year that's already seen shock-jock Don Imus canned for waxing racially insensitive and Tommy Thompson's presidential campaign sidetracked by ill-considered remarks about Jewish individuals and wealth, it's somehow appropriate that American Players Theatre would choose this summer to take another swing at "The Merchant of Venice," one of William Shakespeare's most problematic plays. While we'd like to think we've come a long way from that courtroom where the Jewish merchant Shylock calls for his pound of flesh, the headlines keep telling us otherwise. The play hinges on a romance and a contract: To help...
  • Anti-Israel theme imposed on Egyptian Merchant of Venice

    07/11/2007 7:29:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 586+ views
    IMRA ^ | 7-11-07 | Nehad Selaiha
    Excerpts: Anti-Israel theme imposed on Egyptian Merchant of Venice. Value of alternative media. 11 July 2007 +++AL-AHRAM WEEKLY 5-11 July '07:"A cloak-and-dagger Shylock" HEADING:"... The Merchant of Venice, Nehad Selaiha finds the interpretation too simplistic" QUOTE:"pointedly linked to ...Israeli forces in the occupied terrirories" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ EXCERPTS:... director Galal El-Sharqawi,... production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice ... was cleverly calculated to win the sympathy and admiration of everyone, both patriotically and artistically. . . . a production ... in which the Jewishness of Shylock is consistently negatively stressed and pointedly linked in the two posters facing each other on either...
  • Diagnosing Lear

    06/06/2007 9:57:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,975+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | June 2007 | Anthony Daniels
    Doctors have been trying to diagnose King Lear for more than two centuries. They haven’t succeeded, of course, for a couple of reasons that are not mutually exclusive: first, King Lear does not exist, and second he is not available for tests or examination. The latest technology, no matter how sophisticated, will never settle the matter. No imaging studies for King Lear: he was born much too soon for them, and now will never be diagnosed properly. Not, of course, that that puts doctors off, far from it. Nineteenth-century mad doctors in Britain and America said Lear’s case was...
  • Video Game Aims To Hook Children On Shakespeare

    05/02/2007 9:22:56 AM PDT · by Froufrou · 16 replies · 351+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/02/07 | Martin Robbins
    Children typically spend hours in front of a computer so a Canadian university has decided to introduce them to Shakespeare with a video game. While zapping enemy spaceships players have to help recover the stolen text of Romeo and Juliet by memorizing lines from the famous play, learning facts about Shakespeare's life and devising synonyms and homonyms for parts of the text. "The game is a way to capitalize on the time that kids spend on computers," said Professor Daniel Fischlin who headed the team at the University of Guelph in Ontario that developed the game called "Speare." "I don't...
  • Needing FReeper Help

    04/04/2007 9:50:09 PM PDT · by TBP · 11 replies · 327+ views
    TBP | Right now! | TBP
    I'd like some references from any fellow FReepers who may be able to help, especially those on the Left Coast. I sent out a parody Shakespeare script to some folks in the Bay Area and they need to find actors who can do it. (They are interested in doing it, but they thought we had a troupe and we don't.) Does anyone here know anyone who might be able to do this?
  • Heads she's homely; tails he's ugly

    02/15/2007 4:12:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 863+ views
    Washington Times Insider ^ | February 15, 2007 | Al Webb
    <p>LONDON -- A couple of millennia after their steamy affair went scorching across the Roman Empire, Mark Antony and Cleopatra remain among history's most romanticized lovers. But in the looks department, they may both have left much to be desired.</p>
  • Reconstructing Shakespeare (What Did The Bard Look Like? Exhibit Offers Six Possible Answers)

    06/23/2006 11:27:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 470+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | June 23, 2006 | ADRIAN BRUNE
    Scores of literature students and buffs think that, after 400 years, they know Shakespeare - the balding guy with frilly neckware, a goatee and a stiff upper lip who brought us the mercurial musings of Hamlet and the amorous entreaties of Romeo. Not everyone sees him that way. British painter John Taylor saw William Shakespeare as a bit more bohemian, an Elizabethan hipster. His portrait has the bard in a long beard, plain white collar, disheveled hair and a gold hoop in his left ear. The truth is nobody knows what Shakespeare looked like because there is no record that...
  • English schools dumb down Shakespeare

    06/07/2006 7:03:58 AM PDT · by Sam_Damon · 20 replies · 830+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 6, 2006
    "Here, we compare the original works of Shakespeare with their modern day translation. ROMEO AND JULIET Act One, Scene One - confrontation between the Capulets and Monatgues Shakespeare: Tybalt: What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death. Benvolio: I do but keep the peace, put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me. CGP (modern-day UK-speak -- ed.): Tybalt: Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough. Benvolio: Leave it out, big nose."
  • Age no handicap for 105-year-old fisherman 105-year-old man still hauling in fish (My kinda guy)

    05/15/2006 7:23:25 PM PDT · by girlangler · 21 replies · 1,075+ views
    MINNEAPOLIS-ST.PAUL STAR TRIBUNE ^ | May 15, 2006 | DENNIS ANDERSON
    Age no handicap for 105-year-old fisherman 105-year-old man still hauling in fish By DENNIS ANDERSON MINNEAPOLIS-ST.PAUL STAR TRIBUNE Pulling his driver's license from his billfold, Floyd Doty, Minnesota's oldest angler, on Wednesday confirmed the state would allow him to pilot a vehicle on its roads until 2009 - at which time he will be 108 years old. Floyd, 105, lives alone in the west-central Minnesota town of Glenwood. A huge northern pike adorns one wall of his apartment. On Wednesday Floyd was out, like thousands of Minnesotans in advance of Saturday's first day of fishing, seeking a license. Unsure exactly...
  • The Shakespeare Code

    05/13/2006 9:45:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies · 644+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 5-14-06 | Fr. Andreas Kramarz LC
    “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes / I all alone beweep my outcast state…”What does William Shakespeare’s immortal Sonnet 29 really mean? Was the melancholy Bard transmitting a coded message? The hypothesis that the playwright concealed his secret Catholic identity during the years of Elizabethan persecution has long been the subject of academic daydreams. But startling revelations in a book that is so far available only in German may take the hypothesis out of the realm of dreams. In a previous issue of the Register (Feb. 5-11), Jennifer Roche wrote about recent textual discoveries. Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel’s book The...
  • The Modern Elizabethan (On Shakespeare's Birthday)

    04/23/2006 4:42:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 553+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 23, 2006 | LORRIE MOORE
    AN academic colleague of mine once asked me who had made me into a writer. "And I don't mean one of those creative writing professors," he said to me, a creative writing professor. "Well, who do you mean?" I asked, probably ungrammatically, a thing creative writing professors get to do. "I mean, who was your Shakespeare professor?" he asked; he was of course a Shakespeare professor himself. I understood what he meant: Shakespeare was elemental, formative, fateful. Unlike the work of any writer before or since, Shakespeare's plays and poetry, while taking advantage of an audience's church-acquired tolerance for long...
  • There's much ado about life and works of Shakespeare

    04/23/2006 10:42:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 310+ views
    The Plain Dealer ^ | Sunday, April 23, 2006 | Rochelle O'Gorman
    Today is William Shakespeare's birthday. Or it would be had the man lived to be 442. Interestingly enough, this is also his death day, as he shuffled off this mortal coil on April 23, 1616, at the age of 52. Though the Bard and his work have never gone out of fashion, for some reason everyone and his brother of late has made an audiobook about old Will. If you only have time for one of these, opt for Peter Ackroyd's compelling "Shakespeare: The Biography." Fascinating doesn't even begin to describe it. Ackroyd takes all the information we have on...
  • (Australian) Elite girls' school 'kills the study of literature' (Shakespeare goes Marxist)

    04/14/2006 2:47:18 PM PDT · by CheyennePress · 60 replies · 1,848+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 15, 2006 | Justine Ferrari
    ONE of the world's leading authorities on Shakespeare's work, Harold Bloom, and the nation's pre-eminent poet, Les Murray, have declared literary study in Australia dead after learning that a prestigious Sydney school asked students to interpret Othello from Marxist, feminist and racial perspectives. "I find the question sublimely stupid," Professor Bloom, an internationally renowned literary critic, the Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale and Berg Professor of English at New York University, said yesterday. "It is another indication that literary study has died in Australia." The question was an assessment task in March set for advanced English students in Year...
  • Will the Real William Shakespeare Please Stand Up?

    03/08/2006 11:10:55 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 614+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 4, 2006 | ALAN RIDING
    The first painting donated in 1856 to the new National Portrait Gallery here was of William Shakespeare, already well enshrined as the nation's literary idol. For the gallery, the oil recorded as NPG 1 seemed like a singularly apt founding work for its collection. And now, as the museum celebrates its 150th anniversary, it is again in the limelight. But does this so-called Chandos portrait actually depict Shakespeare? Indeed, do any of dozens of other "Shakespeare" paintings and engravings offer a true likeness of the man who was born in Stratford-on-Avon in 1564 and died there in 1616? These are...
  • Shakespeare Died of Rare Cancer? (British Gallery Unveils Shakespeare Image)

    03/01/2006 1:39:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies · 1,856+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | March 1, 2006 | Rossella Lorenzi
    William Shakespeare died in pain of a rare form of cancer that deformed his left eye, according to a German academic who claims to have discovered the disease in four genuine portraits of the world's most famous playwright. As London's National Portrait Gallery prepares to reveal in a show next week that only one out of six portraits of the Bard may be his exact likeness, Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel, from the University of Mainz, provided forensic evidence that there are at least four contemporary portraits of Shakespeare. Hammerschmidt-Hummel, who will publish in April the results of her 10-year research in "The...
  • Ben Jonson's encomium to William Shakespeare

    02/12/2006 9:46:35 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 283+ views
    The First Folio ^ | A.D. 1623 | Ben Jonson
    The First Folio To the memory of my beloved, The Author MR. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: and what he hath left us. [by Ben Jonson] ...Soule of the Age! The applause! delight! the wonder of our Stage! My Shakespeare, rise; I will not lodge thee by Chaucer, or Spenser, or bid Beaumont lye A little further, to make thee a roome:Thou art a Moniment, without a tombe, And art alive still, while thy Booke doth live, And we have wits to read, and praise to give. That I not mixe thee so, my braine excuses; I meane with great, but disproportion'd Muses:...
  • RSC in school Shakespeare drive

    11/15/2005 9:46:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 235+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 14 November 2005
    The Royal Shakespeare Company is to increase its efforts to boost the teaching of the Bard's work in schools. The company will go into schools and encourage teachers to get children to study Shakespeare by performing his works rather than just reading them. The project is part of a year-long festival in which every play, sonnet and long poem written by Shakespeare will be staged. It covers both primary and secondary schools across the UK. Active participation The company already works with schools and runs conferences for primary and secondary school teachers on innovative ways of teaching Shakespeare. "The Royal...
  • For Virginia-DC-Maryland Posters

    11/15/2005 11:07:50 AM PST · by TBP · 403+ views
    Me! | Today! | TBP
    If you have the time to get out this weekend, you really must go over to the Comedy Spot, 3rd level, Ballston Common Mall, to see Shaekspeare's Skum. They do fractured Shakespeare, and they are currently doing "The Comical Tragedy Tour," which consists of "Richard III: Just Misunderstood," "Othello: Having a Bad Day," and "Macbeth: In 20 Minutes or Less." (I was their timer Saturday night and they did it in 18 minutes!) They are hilarious. You may have seen tehm at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. IF YOU CAN GET OUT TO SEE THEM, YOU REALLY SHOULD DO SO. SHAKESPEARE'S...
  • In Oregon, Brushing Up Their Shakespeare, Helped Along by Software

    11/08/2005 11:00:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 463+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 8, 2005 | KATIE HAFNER
    For nearly 30 years, Michael Schroeder, a computer research scientist, has been a loyal fan of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. He is so devoted that in July 2001, when he was interviewing for a job with Microsoft, he flew from Medford, Ore., to San Francisco one morning and hurried back to Ashland for that evening's performance of "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Mr. Schroeder ended up taking the Microsoft job. A couple of summers later, when he attended a donors dinner in Ashland, he asked if the festival would be interested in receiving software along with his usual...
  • Experts plan to exhume Shakespeare's body

    11/02/2005 7:30:05 PM PST · by SpringheelJack · 58 replies · 1,968+ views
    icBirmingham ^ | Nov 1, 2005 | Name not given
    Controversial plans to dig up William Shakespeare's grave, to find out whether he was murdered by his son-in-law, have been revealed by American scientists. The US experts, who are convinced the Bard's death was anything but natural, are hoping to be granted permission by his descendants to exhume his body. Shakespeare died on his birthday on April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later at Stratford-upon-Avon's Holy Trinity Church. His grave has remained untouched for more than 350 years, but now American pathologists want to disturb his resting place, in spite of warnings of a curse on Shakespeare's tomb...