The Importance of Free Shakespeare

This weekend my son saw his second Shakespeare production. He is one year old. Despite my personal beliefs, I do not have some sort of miracle baby that can sit through a two-three hour production at the theatre. He loves to babble and smile at people and generally charm those around him. Adorable, but not... Continue Reading →

Romeo, Juliet, and the Suicide Discussion

Romeo & Juliet is often a teen's first introduction to Shakespeare. This is a logical decision given that the two protagonists are quintessential teens. It gives the students someone to relate to. However, in recent years we have become more aware of how portraying suicide within the media effects young people suffering from depression. The... Continue Reading →

It's not often that we get the opportunity to see an actor from Shakespeare's Globe in London here in Cincinnati, Ohio, but we had that opportunity today. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company invited Scott Brooksbank from the Globe to present interactive retellings of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the... Continue Reading →

Romeo & Juliet Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1 Paris sets up his wedding plans with Friar Laurence. The Friar is hesitant to move forward (with obvious reasons) asks about what Juliet thinks. Paris isn't worried about that. She definitely loves him, she's just too wound up in her own grief...over her cousin...who died yesterday. Silly girls. Juliet comes in... Continue Reading →

Romeo & Juliet Part 2

Act III, Scene 1 Benvolio asks Mercutio if they can go home so they can avoid a fight with the Capulets. Mercutio scoffs at this request because Benvolio seems nervous about a fight and yet is always so willing to fight. The point is quickly made moot because the Capulets are on their way over.... Continue Reading →

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