Before we dive into the verse of Venus and Adonis, let’s take a little look at what comes before it in the text: The opening dedication…
Yeah, I know, I know. Today is the first of the month. And time to kick off our new reading. Venus and Adonis.
But I want to preview something near and dear to my heart and anxious brain: tomorrow night’s opening of …
If you haven’t been keeping up, an announcement regarding the future of this blog:
This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes upcoming seasons, a new Hamlet, and a group of professional drinkers with a Shakespeare problem. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but at the end of March I’ll be presenting at the Popular Culture Association annual conference in Indianapolis, discussing the use of (primarily) Shakespearean references in the first season of HBO’s series Westworld, and how the use of these meta-texts help inform the series, its characters, and themes.
It’s been a bit tougher than I thought.
OK, so I open in Othello next weekend. As I’ve noted before, I’m playing Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, another in a series of Shakespeare’s dubious dads. I disappear after the first act, only to die off-stage sometime before Lodovico’s delivering of the news in Act Five.
But before I leave the stage (forever), I have one last rhyming couplet…
No shock to any of you who have followed The Project for any amount of time: I’m a geek (I mean, come on, a Shakespeare blog is pretty damned niche). And like any normal person, I am prone to find myself going down a web-browsing rabbit-hole occasionally.
Why do I mention this?
Well, welcome to my latest obsession…
I’ve been thinking about how to proceed. While it might make sense to dive right back into the not-quite-Canon plays (while I’m still in that frame of mind), I feel like I want a change in pace.
So I think I’m going to go all poetic on your @ss… Continue reading OK. So. The future.
This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes Shakespeare Uncovered, Shakespeare Uncorked, and the passing of a giant. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
OK, I’m a fan of The Clash. The only band that matters. One of the few regrets in my life is that I never got to see them live. One of their great songs is “Clampdown.”
And the first words that Joe Strummer sings in the song are: “What are we gonna do now?”
This week’s podcast concludes our prolonged discussion of The Tempest. We have a directorial concept and cast, a look at THE speech, and a conclusion.
OK, so you probably all know I’m appearing in Othello next month (open two weeks from tonight!). I’m playing Brabantio, Desdemona’s d-bag dad. I disappear after the first act, only to die off-stage sometime before Lodovico’s delivering of the news in Act Five.