Cheer Up Post #2832

dorianslover could use a post with Tom Hiddleston and Kenneth Branagh (separately) in stage productions. I hope this helps!

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I did the math and, in my life, I have seen 41 Shakespeare productions, not counting movies. That’s also not counting the 13 Shakespeare productions I’ve been in (and/or directed), or the two more shows I’m seeing this week. I am so lucky. DC and London are amazing cities to live in for theatre, especially discounted theatre for young people.

I’ve been checking out a handful of Something Rotten! tumblr pages and I’m really disappointed in what I see.

Instead of taking this intellectual comedy and analyzing it, they break it down into who sings the songs better and what happened at the stage door.

How about we have a conversation about how so many of Shakespeare’s works were intertwined into the story? Or how the main character’s name is both a conversation and foreshadowing? Or what about the fact that there is only one character in the entire show who has an English accent despite the play taking place in England! 

I just wish people cared more about the content of the show than the people on stage.

YAY! I won the ticket lottery for opening night of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Free-For-All production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream tomorrow! That’s two years in a row that I don’t have to wait in a long, boring line! Man, I love STC. This will be the 19th production that I will have seen there, and incredibly, the 14th free one (I’ve attended Free-For-All, been a student ambassador, and have had good luck with the new Free Will program). I received discounts on the other five shows I’ve seen. 

I just  wanna give a shout-out to STC for making professional theatre so accessible to young people who don’t have a lot of money. Getting to see so many STC shows has really nurtured my passion for Shakespeare and made me a more knowledgeable and nuanced scholar, actor, and director. Thank you for everything, STC (even though I didn’t get that apprenticeship I applied for the other year… no hard feelings).

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Jamie Parker’s Henry V “Once more unto the breach…”

I love an actor like Jamie Parker because he allows you to so clearly see what he’s seeing. 

For something different - Toil & Trouble and Plutona

It’s time for the witches from MACBETH to take centre stage in TOIL & TROUBLE. And a group of kids discover the shocking truth that sometimes superheroes get beaten in PLUTONA.

TOIL & TROUBLE 6 issue mini series begins this Friday 4th of September Written by Mairghread Scott with art by Kelly Matthews & Nichole Matthews

The three fates-Riata, Cait, and Smertae-have always been guiding and protecting Scotland unseen, indirectly controlling the line of kings according to the old religion. When there is a disagreement in the sisterhood, Riata and Smertae will use men as pawns, and Smertae will direct Macbeth to a crown he was never meant to have. Throw out your textbooks, this is not the Macbeth you remember. Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade) and Kyla Vanderklugt (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches) have reinvented Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, but this time the power is in the hands of the three witches. These ladies aren’t all “double, double, toil and trouble.” They’re the power controlling kings and the fate of Scotland.

PLUTONA New monthly comics series from Image starts Friday 4th of September.

A brand-new heartfelt super-hero series by JEFF LEMIRE (SWEET TOOTH, DESCENDER, Hawkeye) and amazing indy superstar EMI LENOX (EMITOWN) #Featured, #ImageComics, #Shakespeare

‘O, but they say the tongues of dying men
Enforce attention like deep harmony:
Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in vain,
For they breathe truth that breathe their words in pain.’

Quotation from Richard II for lasabejas who likes to talk Shakespeare 😎

This moment was so moving and stood across the whole show (the whole thirty years, probably). If I were the crying kind, that would be me crying