March 22, 2012


I am unabashedly proud of my Shakespeare obsession. 
I absolutely love both him and his works.
"If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ..." nor no man ever truly loved Shakespeare.
And you better not be calling me a liar.
In all seriousness though (Ha!)
The man was a genius, and I have the utmost respect and admiration for him.
There are all sorts of rumors and theories surrounding him, and each one intrigues me greatly.
Most of them center around the belief that he did not in fact write the works he is known for, but - and here the theories branch off into their own respective differences- was either an actor, a plagiarist, hired as a cover for a rich man who wrote the plays incognito (*twirls mustache*), or all three.
In fact, there is a recent film on the topic that many have suggested I see, named Anonymous.
Out of curiosity, have any of you seen this? Is it any good?
Anyway, I like to stick to the belief that Shakespeare was Shakespeare, and that great genius can have humble beginnings. 
My favourite plays are, by far, A Winter's Tale and As You Like It
As You Like It is my absolute favourite, thought, and the protagonist, Rosalind, is (in my opinion) the greatest literary heroine. She's witty, she's funny, she makes mistakes, and she's absolutely, undoubtedly in love. 
The HBO film version is an excellent retelling, and Bryce Dallas Howard makes the perfect Rosalind, Japan the perfect setting.
I'm not sure why I've got Shakespeare on the brain these past few days. It keeps popping up in random places, and reminding me how obsessed I am.
One of the mentions was made by my brother's fiancee (While we were wandering Hyde Park in Boise), suggesting that we go to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival this Summer, and eat cheese and feel very classy about it all.
(It's amazing what passes for sophistication in Idaho. Or should I say funny?)
I, for one, am very excited about the prospect, and am ready to start right now, even if tickets don't go on sale for another month at least.
 The Idaho Shakespeare Troupe is said to be rather good, and I secretly entertain the idea of working with them one Summer as part of my theater education. 
Honestly, who doesn't want to be a part of that?
This year they are doing Romeo and Juliet, A Winter's Tale (Yay!), and The Mouse Trap by Agatha Christie (Not Shakespeare, but another favourite all the same).
I don't know, but I'm rather tired of Romeo and Juliet. Of all the more famous Shakespeare plays it's probably the one I like least. It's so...well, I've seen, read, and heard it too many times. I feel like it's over done in some respects. 
Have any of you been to a Shakespeare festival before?
Did you eat cheese?
I hope Spring is treating you all well!


Optimistic Existentialist said...

I think the opportunity to tour with the Idaho Shakespeare Troupe would be an amazing opportunity Grace! I am a huge fan of Shakespeare as well...I think "Hamlet" will always be my personal favorite.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Somebody is missing your blog posts...and by somebody I'm referring to me :)

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