Thou, nature, art my goddess. To thy law
My services are bound. Wherefore should I
Stand in the plague of custom and permit
The curiosity of nations to deprive me
For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines
Lag of a brother? Why “bastard”? Wherefore “base”?
When my dimensions are as well compact,
My mind as generous, and my shape as true
As honest madam’s issue? Why brand they us
With “base,” with “baseness,” “bastardy,” “base,” “base”—
Who in the lusty stealth of nature take
More composition and fierce quality
Than doth within a dull, stale, tirèd bed
Go to th’ creating a whole tribe of fops
Got ’tween a sleep and wake? Well then,
Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land.
Our father’s love is to the bastard Edmund
As to the legitimate.—Fine word, “legitimate”!—
Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed
And my invention thrive, Edmund the base
Shall top th’ legitimate. 

I grow, I prosper.
Now, gods, stand up for bastards!

Edmund Act 1, Scene 2 - King Lear

Last month I had the opportunity to work with Milwaukee Magazine on an article about various theatre productions of Wiliiam Shakespeare’s work across the state of Wisconsin. The actual printed size of these small spot illustrations was very tiny, so I tried to keep them simple. Thanks for checking them out!


This. Is. WAR!!!!! #empire #cookie #boobookitty #kinglear

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This Season's High-Concept Shakespeare Productions

Macbeth On A Space Farm

King Lear With Southern Accents

Richard III Only Everyone Has A Hunchback  

Much Ado About Nothing Without Vowels  T

The Tempest And Prospero Is Jimmy Buffet  

Romeo Vs. Juliet 

Othello On Paxil  

A Midsummer’s Night Dream But Wait It’s A Nightmare 

Titus Andronicus With Puppets  

The Merchant of Venice But No Jews  

20 Minute Hamlet  

Coroiolanus Set In A Post-Apocalyptic Fascist Dystopian Future, Again 

Julius Caesar Featuring Women Who Are Bored With Julius Caesar  

The Merry Wives Of Windsor Only Falstaff Is Also A Merry Wife 

Sam Lachow "King Lear" Official Music Video

Here it is! My latest song/video “King Lear” which is now available on iTunes. It isn’t like anything else I’ve been putting out lately, and I hope you guys can appreciate it as much as I do. Produced and co-written by myself & Wilson Luxurious. Follow me @samlachow and tweet the video link with the hashtag #kinglear for the chance to win free show tickets and merch!

This is the excellent foppery of the world, that,
when we are sick in fortune,–often the surfeit
of our own behavior,–we make guilty of our
disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as
if we were villains by necessity; fools by
heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and
treachers, by spherical predominance; drunkards,
liars, and adulterers, by an enforced obedience of
planetary influence; and all that we are evil in,
by a divine thrusting on: an admirable evasion
of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish
disposition to the charge of a star!

King Lear, William Shakespeare.


In conclusion, King Lear shows a varying contrast between the public and private life of the characters. At the start of the book, the discrepancy between the public and private person was huge, but as the play progresses, the reader notices that both lives start to overlap each other and come together in order to create the hectic story that follows William Shakespeare’s King Lear.