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Each play is a solo show, abetted by armloads of household objects: cups, cans, kitchen twine, wood glue, gin. Juliet is a jar of marmalade. Hamlet is a bottle of vinegar. (Genius.)
Program Note: Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide
Approaching all the Shakespeare plays in a single project, albeit focusing entirely on the narration of the plots, we’re in at the deep end, and somehow pretty much dodging the bullet at the same time.
Get Into It: Trailers & Behind the Scenes
If you’re hooked on props after seeing Forced Entertainment work their magic… you’re not alone.
Peek inside the New York Library’s collection of “Weird Objects,” including a lock of Walt Whitman’s hair, Jack Kerouac’s boots, and Virginia Woolf’s cane.
Get an overview of fields of study that focus on objects, plus links to interesting articles, in JSTOR’s blog (did you know JSTOR has a blog?) “Personification is your Friend: The Language of Inanimate Objects“:
Despite science’s general reluctance to approve of personification techniques as a teaching aid, this is really a natural way for people to express information—personification does often help us to understand concepts through human analogy. By turning objects into individuals, we can relate emotionally to their ‘histories,’ making them more memorable and studies have shown this does help kids learn.
“Everything is Alive” is a new podcast featuring host Ian Chillag, interviewing inanimate objects. Listen to an interview with Ian Chillag and NPR’s Ari Shapiro, and read a review of the podcast in the New Yorker.
Read All About It
If you want to read more about Shakespeare, you’re in luck — there are no end of resources. Here are a few that we like:
Harold Bloom. Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. Riverhead Books, 1999.
Sarah Brown, Robert Lublin, and Lynsey McCulloch, editors. Reinventing the Renaissance: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries in Adaptation and Performance. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Marjorie Garber. Shakespeare and Modern Culture. Anchor, 2008.
Jan Kott. Shakespeare, Our Contemporary. W. W. Norton & Company, 1961.
Michael Dobson and Estelle Rivier-Arnaud, editors. Rewriting Shakespeare’s Plays For and By the Contemporary Stage. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.
Plus, peruse MIT’s comprehensive archive: “Global Shakespeare“
Brevity is the Soul of Wit
Daniel Mallory Ortberg takes on the greats in his Dirtbag Shakespeare series, which “imagines modern remakes of Shakespearean plays with a teenage dirtbag cast”:
JULIET: do you know what I think would be super romantic
JULIET: if we drank poison together
JULIET: hell yeah
you go first babe
Still too long? Read one-sentence summaries for each of Shakespeare’s plays here.