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January 17, 2008


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Oh after all that national board stuff maybe I should try listening to Shakespeare. Sounds wonderful and I am illiterate when it comes to his works. A colleague recites him all the time!

"I think you can't see, hear, or read too much Shakespeare." I agree. Never enough.

If you ever want to take a Shakespeare road trip, I highly recommend the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. We had season tickets for two years, and in addition to Shakespeare, they do classic plays and host the Southern Writers Project, and even do new children's plays. If you time it right, you can see four plays in a weekend!! They also have an email newsletter, The Shakespeare Times, and I think they're going to offer audio streaming of their educational series, Theater in the Mind. The link is here.

Also wonderful is the American Shakespeare Center at the Blackfriars Stage in Staunton. I see that they have a podcast now, too. We saw As You Like It there, and it was fabulous.

Jone, it's really fun, and listening to a comedy is a treat at the end of the day. I wish I could quote Shakespeare, but the lines just don't stay in my head. My niece, when she was 12, had no problem memorizing them for a production, though! Youth. Sheesh.

Sara, the Alabama Shakespeare Fest. sounds awesome. Maybe I'll have to get my mom to go on a road trip with me; she'd love it. We could drive over from Miss., where my folks live. I also love Shakespeare & Company, which performs in Lenox, Mass. I looked up the Yale Rep's schedule, and they did "Richard II" back in the fall. Shoot. I missed it.

Ooh, the Riverside Shakespeare. I have a sad story about mine; I had to sell it to make my rent in my first apartment in college. I was just sick at that! Textbooks always cost so much more to buy than to sell-back to the campus bookstore! And I wanted to keep that one! But someday I will treat myself, the same as you. Enjoy!

TadMack, textbooks are wicked expensive, aren't they? That is a sad story about your Riverside! The good news is that it looks like there's a relatively new edition that looks quite spiffy. When you do treat yourself, you can get that one!

I went to a Shakespeare festival up in Stratford Ontario when I was in college. It was fabulous. My favorite play has always been "Midsummer Night's Dream". I have one of Shakespeare's sonnets posted today so we are thinking on similar lines!

What a phenomenal idea, Susan! I really love the movie version of Twelfth Night, which I watched by myself one New Year's Eve and it's still one of my most-memorable and most fondly-recalled New Year's Eves. Do productions of Kiss Me, Kate count as Shakespeare, or are you looking for actual Shakespearian productions?

"you can't see, hear, or read too much Shakespeare. That's all."

Amen! I'll have to come back to this post for a proper visit when I'm not rounding up!

Cloudscome, one day I want to see that festival in Stratford. I've heard about it forever. I like Midsummer Night's Dream, too. Will dash over and see your sonnet. We both have Shakespeare in mind today!

Kelly, sure, Kiss Me Kate counts! I have not seen a movie version of Twelfth Night but plan to watch the most recent when I finish reading and listening to it. The audio proceeds at a nice clip--since there's no scenery to be changed and such.

Becky, thanks so much for rounding up all the posts today. I'm hoping to have some more time tomorrow to savor them.

I'm another Midsummer Night's Dream person. My most precious book is my copy of the version with Arthur Rackham's illustrations.

Are you going to read fiction about Shakespeare too?


Hey, Charlotte. What a cool edition of Midsummer's Night Dream you have. Right now I probably won't delve into fiction, though perhaps at some point in the future.

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