Speculating on whether Shakespeare actually penned the plays for which he is justifiably famous is the academic equivalent of wondering if Elvis is still alive. Famous people aren’t allowed to simply expire—they must be resurrected via silly conspiracy theories concerning their life, their death and the veracity of both. Now, Roland Emmerich, the blockbuster filmmaker who gave us Stargate and Independence Day, weighs in on the Shakespeare conspiracy.
Ralph Fiennes takes Shakespeare’s most obscure tragedy and adds a lot of firepower
I’m not sure there was ever anything edgy or avant-garde about staging a Shakespeare play in modern day. Even if there was at one time, we can probably agree that’s no longer the case. In fact, setting Macbeth in postapocalyptic Detroit or Romeo and Juliet in whatever era you find stuffed in the community theater’s prop closet is so commonplace now that seeing a Shakespeare play in full 16th century regalia is becoming the rarity.
Shakespeare was a fraud, says the man who showed us space aliens building the pyramids
Speculating on whether Shakespeare actually penned the plays for which he is justifiably famous is the academic equivalent of wondering if Elvis is still alive. Famous people aren’t allowed to simply expire—they must be resurrected via silly conspiracy theories concerning their life, their death and the veracity of both. It doesn’t matter if the figures are historical (Abraham Lincoln, Jack the Ripper) or pop cultural (Jim Morrison, Tupac Shakur): The unwashed masses will keep them alive with talk of murder, scandal, cover-up and conspiracy. (Michael Jackson, shake hands with Marilyn Monroe.) Very often, these conspiracies involve some preposterous leaps of logic—up to and including alien intervention.
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I know Shakespeare is, well, Shakespeare. Many diehard theater lovers consider him the best playwright to have ever grasped an ink-imbued instrument. Most actors and/or theater companies want to eventually try their iambic-pentameter-loving hands at one of the man’s plays. I realize this will put me on the blacklist of a number of theater patrons in town, but the question I always ask myself before seeing one of Shakespeare’s works on stage is: Why?
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All the train's a stage
It's an ordinary Saturday afternoon on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. Travelers head north to Santa Fe, no one pays much attention to one another—until, suddenly, a voice comes from the back of the car. A young woman, face hidden by a baseball cap and magazine, snaps to attention and responds. Thus begins a scene from As You Like It.
You've run amok in rainbows, you've been prouder than your mom was that time you got second place in the spelling bee back in fourth grade, and you’re all paraded out. Have no fear. There are several low-key, movement-unintensive ways to cash in on someone else's air conditioning. Holla.
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303 – Saint George, Roman soldier and Christian martyr, is beheaded. When he appeared before Diocietian, it is said that St. George denounced him for his cruelty and injustice. The Emperor sent George to prison with instructions that he be tortured until he denied his faith.
St George, having defended his faith was beheaded at Nicomedia near Lyddia in Palestine. He didn’t really slay a dragon. They don’t exist.
1014 - King Brian of Ireland is murdered by Vikings hordes. His forces, under his kiddo’s command annihilated the Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf, near Dublin. As the Norsemen were running from their defeat, they stumbled on the king’s tent and slaughtered him. Was his tent just lying there? Whatever. Victory at Clontarf broke Norse power in Ireland forever, and ever.
1564 / 1616 – William Shakespeare, English writer and actor was born (traditional birth date based on baptism) and died on this day. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. Although the plays of William Shakespeare may be the most widely read works in the English language, little is known for certain about the playwright himself.
He never went to University, I did not know that.
At age 18 married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years his senior and pregnant at the time of the marriage. Their first daughter, Susanna, was born six months later, and in 1585 he had twins. He became an actor and writer in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and eventually died.
He is buried at Holy Trinity Church, in Stratford. On the stone slab that covers his grave a curse is carved:
Don’t move my bones or I’ll wreck you.
Good frend for Iesvs sake forbeare,
To digg the dvst encloased heare.
Blese be ye man yt spares thes stones,
And cvrst be he yt moves my bones.
I don’t know if that last part is true. Why not a plague a' both your houses? I would of gone OG.
Some scholars believe the plays were not written by William Shakespeare but by some other well-educated, aristocratic writer. snobs.
1616 – Miguel Cervantes, Spanish author of Don Quixote rambles on.
1899 - Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-born American novelist and critic born. Nabokov's Lolita has become one of the best-known and most controversial examples of 20th century literature, about dirty old men.
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Tricklock’s Cymbeline at Theatre X
Something magical happened to me in UNM’s Theatre X last weekend: I laughed aloud and often during one of William Shakespeare’s plays.