Thursday, February 12, 2009

Shakespeare Was Tagged

Shakespeare did a "25 random things about me." I think Marlowe tagged him. I will not write one.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Five Awesome Things about 1 HENRY VI in Wordle

Wordle: 5 awesome things about 1 HENRY VI
This is a word cloud from wordle on the five awesome things about 1 Henry VI according to the American Shakespeare Center's new email. Sign up for it at

Wordle works really well with Shakespeare stuff.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Shakespeare's Heart

I wish I remembered where I found this animated .gif of Shakes. But I thought that Billy Shakespeare would like to be remembered on Valentines Day. Well, how many of his sonnets do you think will be pilfered by errant knaves in a few days in the name of love?

Friday, February 6, 2009

Shakespeare Got to Get Paid!

Trusty intern, Mollie R, sent me this one. It cracked me up. Shakespeare do got to get paid, son. The American Shakespeare Center is in their second phase of their Survive and Thrive Campaign, trying to make it through these trying economical times.

Also, some jerk over at the senate is trying to kill the arts. Urge senate not to take out Arts orgs from the stimulus package!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Edel Rodriguez Posters

I love Edel Rodriguez posters. He also did one for Macbeth with Kelsey Grammer. Macbeth with Grammer was apparently not very good, but the poster for it was!

This deer is wonderful because of the whole deer thing in the play, but I always wanted to do an As You Like It poster with a lion. As You Like It is one of my all-time favorite plays, of course. This is now one of my all-time favorite Shakespeare posters.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hope for Shakes

Lindsay Howerton made this for me. Thanks Lindsay Howerton!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Shakespeare's Mulberry Cup

This makes me want to plant a mulberry tree so that I can cut it down ten years later and carve a cup out of it. Then I will give it to someone, and they will put it into a museum so that I will forever be in that cup freshly remembered.

Shakespeare allegedly wrote this about his mulberry cup as a toast.

Behold this fair goblet, 'twas carved from the tree,
Which, Oh my sweet Shakespeare was planted by thee;
As a relic, I kiss it, and bow at the shrine;
What comes from thine hand, must eer be divine.
All shall yield to the Mulberry Tree
Bend to thee, Blest Mulberry ;
MatchIess was he who planted thee
And thou, like him immortal shall be.
Don't know if I believe that this was Shakespeare's bag, but it's interesting enough. I found out about this here and here, where there is also a drawing of a pewter cup Billy Shakes supposedly carved his name into at the Mermaid.

Dudley Moore and Peter Cook Use Shakespeare in Comedy

After the caveman bit, there's a song about Robin Hood's best friend. Tons of Shakespeare stuff in this, which is why I like it. Well, that and Dudley Moore is a hero. I remember the first time I heard a Dudley Moore/Peter Cook record. I nearly shat myself. This is from their TV programme, "Not Only. . . But also," which I've never seen.
If you pay attention, you'll hear quotes from 12th Night, Macbeth, and Hamlet. posted this before I did.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pimp My Shakespeare

Since I am pimping Shakespeare these days more than ever, I have decided to own it. I think I will have more graphics on this blog. More graphics and more flashy shit that really gets people "excited" about coming to see a play.

Also, if you are a writer or a blogger and want to score some tickets, you should promise me that you will blog or publish by traditional means a review about a show at the American Shakespeare Center. I will hook you up like it's nobody's business. That's how I roll.

Thanks to Bryan Coffelt for this graphic. The thing I like about Bryan Coffelt is that he can really put away a burrito. He also has no problem pimping in the rain. Go Bryan Coffelt!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Shakespeare Santa Cruz Announces 2009 Season

I am immeasurably pleased that Shakespeare Santa Cruz has announced their new season. They're rolling out the crowd-pleasers, too. A Midsummer Night's Dream is Shakespeare's most popular play, and Julius Caesar is his most American one.

Dream is perhaps most popular because most people think the language is more accessible than most. I don't think that's true. I think it's most popular because you can't break it. It's harder to make a bad Dream than it is an easy one. It's very rare that an audience leaves a playhouse disliking a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is Shakespeare's most theatrically interesting play in that it in habits four worlds and blurs the boundaries between them. A much longer post is needed to talk more about this.

Julius Caesar is the most American play because it is about assassination in the name of democracy. The meaning, the importance, and the cost of democracy are all at stake in Caesar. It's one of my favorite plays, and productions of it are more dangerous than other plays. Which side do you push? Which character is right? Who is the villain? Hero? It's almost (almost) as if the play begs its audience to ask those questions. But while you're asking them, it scoffs at you with irony, making you feel bad for having bothered. By bad, I mean sad, I guess. It is a tragedy, after all.

The photo above is of Yvonne Woods in Burn This. Just an excuse to put her picture on the blog because I think she is beautiful and talented. I hope she's at Santa Cruz this year. They haven't announced the cast yet.

Friday, January 9, 2009

American Shakespeare Center Must Survive and Thrive

Things are getting tougher all the time for Shakespeare companies in America. Now the American Shakespeare Center is running a fund-raising campaign to keep its lights on. If it goes dark, a town and a county will die, but also the tradition. The ASC at the Blackfriars Playhouse has brought a new vitality to the Shenandoah Valley, and it is the most unique theater experience in America. It would be an undeniable tragedy if the American Shakespeare Center went dark.

Please donate if you can. ASC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). ASC needs to raise $250,000 by the end of January! Anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated.
If you're poor and can't donate, please at least join the Facebook Cause.