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.
Here I am in Cedar City, Utah, for the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Wooden O Symposium at Southern Utah University (enough Utahs in there for you?). Check out the promotional poster in my hotel’s window:
Today, another break (this one post-inaugural) from Pericles:
As many of you know, I’ve gone back to school (part-time) to get my Masters; I’m in the midst of my fifth course, now, “Shakespeare” (I figured I wanted something in my wheelhouse given rehearsals and the run of Much Ado coming up…), and a month ago, I posted my “20th Century American Fiction” paper where I linked Kevin Powers’ Iraqi War novel The Yellow Birds to Hamlet…
As many of you know, I’ve gone back to school (part-time) to get my Masters; I’m in the midst the fourth course, “British Romanticism,” but for the last class, “20th Century American Fiction,” I had to write a 15-20-page paper. Why do I mention this? Because, believe it or not, I was able to tie The Yellow Birds (an Iraqi war novel) to Shakespeare…
And you know, I do workshops and presentations on Shakespeare. In the last year and a half, I’ve delivered talks on sonnets, blank verse, teaching Shakespeare, Shakespeare resources, the historical context of Julius Caesar, and Time in Romeo and Juliet.
I had a great time last night (and this morning) on the campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, participating in the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company‘s celebration of both the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, as well as the kick-off for their 20th anniversary season.
OK, so today marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, a day I’m calling the Deathiversary. But ol’ Willy Shakes wouldn’t want you to be sad today. It’s a day for celebrating (just ask the RSC). Ah, what to do if you can’t get to JOE (Jolly Ol’ England)?
A couple of weeks back, I announced that the weekend of April 23, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company will be celebrating the death-iversary with what they’re calling “a special, community-inclusive Bard-Day bash to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s life and works!”
At that time, I teased not only my participation but that more details would be coming.
On Saturday, April 23 — yes, that’s the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (or deathiversary, as I like to call it) — the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company will be celebrating the day with what they’re calling “a special, community-inclusive Bard-Day bash to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s life and works!”
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