Act One, and some quick thoughts… like “long lost, oh, brother”

OK, finished Act One last night… very short act, two scenes.

Of course, this is a very short play… by my count (and for my count, I’m using the Pelican Shakespeare, edited by Frances, E Dolan… and I plan to use the Pelicans for the entire series, just to be consistent), Comedy has 1766 lines, the least of any Shakespeare play.  (to put this in perspective, the character [not the play, but just the character] of Hamlet has over 1550 lines himself alone…)
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Tomrrow


... and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time...

Macbeth V.v.19-21

Or at least:
The clock is slow... I don't feel tardy

–Van Halen, “Hot for Teacher”

Either way, I can’t wait for tomorrow.  The Comedy of Errors text sits on my desk, almost mocking me… I’m waiting for tomorrow even to open it up… haven’t even cracked it open to read the intro… haven’t even read the section on it in Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare… don’t want to cheat and start early… but I’m giddy, like tomorrow is Christmas… there are times I actually rub my hands together in giddy anticipation!

See you all tomorrow, and we’ll begin to read and start this experiment!

Podcast the First: Introduction

Welcome to our first podcast.  It’s a little re-purposed from some of our first week’s entries, but it gives a pretty solid overview of what we’re doing and why… and a hint of where we’re going with all this.
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A Little Different Background: OK, So Not Everyone’s a Fan…

Ran into a former student from OHS last night in Aaron Bros… didn’t know her at first, but she recognized me (part of that whole ce-leper-ty status Lisa says all teachers have: part celebrity, part leper).  When I introduced Lisa to her, she told my wife (unprompted) that she had taken an English class from me, but she lost interest when we hit Shakespeare… “It was too complicated,” she said. “Still is.”

Kinda ironic given the launch of this venture.

So all that stuff I wrote earlier in the week? Guess that was shot through the prism of golden idealized nostalgia…

Just a guess, but I don’t think she’ll be joining us for this endeavor.

A Little Background: Lucky Boy

I’m a blessed guy, Shakespearean-ly speaking. I had a great introduction to the Bard by my high school freshman teacher, Bill Lindquist at Hueneme High School.

He made Shakespeare seem positively ILLICIT.  On the day we started Romeo and Juliet, he had us open our literature texts to the start of the play.  We read the first half of the first scene, then he brought us to an abrupt, almost angry stop.  He passed out Romeo and Juliet books, paperbacks, and had us look at the same scene.

“What do you notice?”

Hands shot up… “stuff” was missing.

Lindquist wrote the word “unexpurgated” on the board then explained to us that the anthology had been expurgated, had been cleaned up for our young eyes and minds.
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Bill Walthall (UCLA '85 English), a former high school English, Shakespeare, and Drama teacher, will read and blog about each of Shakespeare's plays, from The Comedy of Errors through The Tempest.

The Bill / Shakespeare Project