Teaching Shakespeare!

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Extra Credit: Romeo and Juliet

After spending so much time in the original texts of Romeo and Juliet this month to compare them to the Fellowes’s adaptation (billed in ads as “Shakespeare’s,” hence the frustration), I went home to my very large shelf of Shakespearean adaptations to remind myself of some great examples of how that text has been explored in different ways…. Continue Reading »

Shall I Compare Thee to a Quarto?

It seems we’re not alone in our disappointment with Julian Fellowes’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet (sans Shakespeare’s words). While the language still sounds lofty, they’re not Shakespeare’s word choices – and that’s a big deal. Terry Guerin suggested in the comments that one of the quotes was perhaps based on First or Second Quarto language… Continue Reading »

Plays of Preference

I was speaking with Folger Theatre’s resident Dramaturg, Michele Osherow, this morning as she prepared for an on-camera interview. While catching up, I mentioned that my husband would be working on a performance of Measure for Measure during his first year of graduate school – one of my least favorite plays. Michele replied that Measure for Measure is… Continue Reading »

“Is all your family within?”

One of the most exciting weekends at Folger is Family Fun day, when we “Shake up Saturday” with a program for students and parents. This past Saturday, we had children and families sharing the stage as we learned about Elizabethan theatre and Shakespeare’s time. Then we worked together to perform a short version of Twelfth… Continue Reading »

“Be truly welcome hither.” (As You Like It, II.7)

Looking for something epic to do this summer? Gather up your family and friends! Join us for Folger’s Shakespeare Summer Adventure! This summer, the Great Hall is closed for renovation. That means Folger is offering several smaller exhibits for families and friends to enjoy. Nelson Mandela served 18 years as a political prisoner at Robben… Continue Reading »

Wherefore art thou NOT Shakespeare?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTGWNHa1wIQ&w=400&h=225] Well, that’s a disappoinment. A closer watch of the trailer for the upcoming Romeo and Juliet adapted by Julian Fellowes reveals that the play has not only been adapted as a screenplay (which is all well and good), but has also had its language adapted. Sneakily, too, it took awhile for the differences from the lines used… Continue Reading »

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