|Sent on:||Friday, August 28, 2009 4:35 PM|
|I love Shakespeare, especially for his ever ironic and humorous wit and point-of-view. His Tragedies while full of minute Truths are also darkly hilarious. His Humor while minutely full of truths and witty observations, can be dramatically dark or telling a story of richer timbres. Much like classical music except funny and laughing at itself. Droll version of the plays or the text un-alive on the page can often can be too dry of a style, such that many people view Shakespeare as boring or dull. I would say perhaps it can be too rich without a glass of water. |
I grew up seeing plays and acted in a few small time Shakespeare productions as a child. Haven't had much to do with his work in years but it developed many aspects of my own style of observation. Reading Shakespeare is a throwback and a reminder to me (like how some people read the bible ever year, I mean this in both seriousness and humor) that reminds me how clever, dark, comical, ironic and troublesome Life can be. And somehow having Shakespeare's rich style in my back pocket is helpful and fun when dealing with the nuances of my own life.
That said, I would not go pick up and start reading Shakespeare on my own. Reading it aloud with others and lending my voice to an aspect of his world is ideal way to process, learn, create and mull the multitude of interactions (or levels of depth, as Dugan helpfully put it) within his stories.
I'd love for the group to read a suitable play, outside (volunteer park, maybe) while the weather is still dependable. Maybe you already did that? (I was away and missed a few). Please do again. Let me know if you want any help organizing it.
"i realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others" vincent van gogh
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