RE: [shakespeare-50] What's so great about Shakespeare anyway?

From: Mallory
Sent on: Friday, August 28, 2009 4:35 PM
I second many of the comments posted. I love performances of Shakespeare, where I can
experience the actors voices and facial expressions. This keeps me concentrating even with the
old fashioned language.
All the Best, Mallory

From: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [shakespeare-50] What's so great about Shakespeare anyway?
To: [address removed]
Date: Fri, 28 Aug[masked]:58:43 -0400

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.

Best regards,
Sarah P.

"i realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others" vincent van gogh

--- On Fri, 8/28/09, andy <[address removed]> wrote:

From: andy <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [shakespeare-50] What's so great about Shakespeare anyway?
To: [address removed]
Date: Friday, August 28, 2009, 1:12 PM

Myself, I do not have much experience with reading Shakespeare, and nothing to speak of in regards to acting out his works.

My passion comes from wanting to get involved in acting of all manners, and I get a real charge out of doing things impromptu style - which is one of the aspects of this group that really appeals to me.  I love the energy and passion that everyone feeds off of from one another, in groups such as these!

My take on Shakespeare is that his work does seem difficult to read.  I like that because it poses a challenge - and where there's a challenge, there's an opportunity for growth and to explore new horizons.  I look forward to trying to find within myself, the wealth and range of emotions needed to really do a Shakespeare reading justice.

Cheers,
Andy


From: Dugan <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, August 27,[masked]:48:51 PM
Subject: [shakespeare-50] What's so great about Shakespeare anyway?

Since there's a bunch of new people in the group, and there's hardly been any action on this list for a while, I thought I'd throw out a question:

What first got you into Shakespeare and what do you like about it?

I'm really curious to know what other people get out of it. Myself, I never really paid much attention, because whenever I tried to read the plays I found it so hard to follow what was going on - until a couple of years ago when I randomly heard a recording of King Lear with Alec Guinness, and something clicked. Then I heard Kenneth Branagh doing Hamlet, and it was all over. Instant obsession. Hearing the actors gave me the missing dimension - what's meant to be funny, sad, angry, how the characters relate, what interactions are really going on, etc. And after a few hundred hours listening to this in bed I even started understanding the language without a dictionary, which also helps.

King Lear and Hamlet - man. I love tragedies in general. I love it when someone takes the bleak miserable horror of the human condition and makes something great with it - it's a wonderful melancholic feeling. Sort of like: wow, there goes another attempt to make sense of things - doomed to fail of course, but damn, what a good effort it was. Goosebumps. My girlfriend thinks I'm a glum bastard, but I'm not, honestly - just a pathos junkie :-)

Then there's a great little book someone gave me called The Shakespeare Wars, which made the case that Shakespeare is the only "bottomless" writer - there's always another level to discover, nobody has ever plumbed the depths. So that was exciting. A long-term project :-)

Well, I could ramble on, but I won't. Anyone else?

Dugan




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