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Pandemic, Hope, Defiance, and Protest in 'Romeo and Juliet'

Shakespeare's well known romantic tale Romeo and Juliet, written during a pandemic, has a surprisingly hopeful message about defiance and protest.

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Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' Trumps Reality TV

Shakespeare's As You Like It employed every signature reality show convention three and a half centuries before television even existed.

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400 Years After His Death, William Shakespeare Has Kept His Cool

“Once you discover Shakespeare, he can be right at the center of your imagination,” said Ian McKellen. “Long may he continue to do just that.”

Neal Justin
Theatre

Shakespeare's Wit and Humor, Pathos and Anger Remains Vital, 450 Years After His Birth

As the creator of iambic fictions, Shakespeare is the ultimate meme. His name stirs a cascade of associations, memories and feelings in all who are touched by his work.

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Between Church & State

Can ideology be passed on without being radically altered? In Damaged #2 creators Michael and John Schwarz along with writer David Lapham and artist Leonardo Manco explore this question that is at once artistic, relevant to the digital economy and core American values. Explore more of the story in the free-to-download preview attached to this story.

Television

Characters Inside Out: Bryan Elsley's 'Skins' and William Shakespeare’s 'Hamlet'

Hamlet would have fit right in with the Skins kids; in particular, he would have found a friend in Effy, from Generation 2. Both question the nature of their worlds, both grow melancholic.

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The Word Made Flesh: Chronicling The Unwritten

"Companion Tommy, sound your horn!" A story for the ages and, of course, our age, The Unwritten's goals are lofty indeed, and its creators do not shy from them, lest their work lose validity.

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Orson Welles: A Man of a Certain Ego

“The chief proof of a man’s real greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness. It argues... a power of comparison and of appreciation which is in itself proof of nobility.”

Books

William Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson

Bryson's unassuming and enjoyable survey is a useful introduction that students and playgoers will find handy.

Desmond Ryan

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