Twelfth Night: Sources

If you dig deep enough into the possible source materials that Shakespeare used for Twelfth Night, you can find a whole slew of suspects.

You want to talk twins and the confusion that can arise from mistaken identity (like The Comedy of Errors)? Check out the old Greek play, Plautus’ Menaechmi, which actually was a source of that earlier play).

If, however, you want to talk about the concept of the female disguising herself as a young male, to work for a(nother) male, who tasks her/him to plead his suit to a(nother) female, who in turn falls in love with the first female, but as the young male, who–of course–has fallen for the male who has hired her (as a him)… well, then you’ve got quite the tangle coming up.

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Podcast 91: Julius Caesar: Directorial Concept and Wrap-Up

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This week’s podcast concludes our two month-long discussion of Julius Caesar, with a directorial concept, the winner of a contest, and a wrap-up of the play.

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A quick infographic

I know, I know… I should be reading Twelfth Night.

But you know me, always playing around the work.

So here’s my latest plaything, an infographic that visually represents the Collected Works of Shakespeare. Each pixel of the full size version represents a line of text. The histories are in shades of purple (royalty, baby), comedies in green (verdant), poems in yellow (no reason), tragedies in red (duh), problem plays in brown (murky, like their genre classification), and tragicomedies in blue (again, no reason, just a vibe).

Rectangle Tree chart of the Collected Works of Shakespeare, presented by the Bill / Shakespeare Project
Rectangle Tree chart of the Collected Works of Shakespeare, presented by the Bill / Shakespeare Project [updated with info supplied by William Sutton]
Enjoy!

UPDATE–1/4/15:
A shout-out and thanks to William Sutton, who gave me some information re: the sonnets that changes the legend/content of the graphic.

A New Year, A New Month, A New Play: Twelfth Night

So, with a new play–Twelfth Night–comes some new stuff for you…

The YouTube Channel now has a Twelfth Night playlist, including

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Happy New Year!

On a day when most are looking forward, I’d like to glance back over my shoulder.

It’s been a good year in this relaunch of the Project. While reader- and listener-ship is not what it was before we went on our three-year hiatus, we have been on a steady growth pattern:

2014 page views
2014 page views

 

And for that, I sincerely thank each and every one of you.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed the last six months as much as I have… but we’re not done yet. Heck, we’re not even two-thirds of the way done.

So… tomorrow:

The Pelican Shakespeare - Twelfth Night
The Pelican Shakespeare – Twelfth Night

 

Twelfth Night!

(but for today, just a New Year’s Thanksgiving)

Julius Caesar: the wrap-up

So, after two months with a play I really didn’t enjoy all that much in the classroom, what’s my thinking now on Julius Caesar?

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news, for the week ending Monday, December 29th, 2014

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This week’s Shakespeare news review includes Benedict Cumberbatch’s turn as Hamlet next year being the most in-demand stage and theatrical tickets in the UK for this year, color conscious casting, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s New Fellowship for Theatre Leaders, and Shakespeare as a source of business advice for CEOs and managers. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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