Thursday, November 17, 2011

Show Us Your Mo!

The Theatre is joining forces with The Movember Foundation to support the awareness for prostate cancer and men’s health.

We are giving away:
To win, simply show us your best Shakespeare inspired moustache.

Step 1) Grow your Mo. Visit the Movember website for details.
Step 2) Shape it like Shakespeare's. Note: there are several styles.

Step 3) Upload your photo to our Facebook Wall; tag yourself and anyone else who is in the photo. Feel free to write a 1-2 sentence caption.

The contest ends December 10, 2011 at 11:59 pm. The Philadelphia Shakespeare staff will then choose their favorite photo and contact you for your FREE tickets and t-shirt. The winner will be announced December 15, 2011.

Good luck and have fun!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Excellent Interpretations

Shakespeare scholar Natalia Razak takes a look at the Folio in, "a 4-part series exploring the reasons why actors use the earliest rather than the latest editions of Shakespeare’s plays."

Modern editions of Shakespeare are full of nifty things – definitions of arcane words, translations of outdated phrases, notations by editors, introductions and essays by very smart people. If you’re in the classroom or curled up in your bed reading Shakespeare (which we all do, right?), then by all means pick up the Arden edition and enjoy. But if you want to perform Shakespeare, then you have no need of definitions and notations (that’s what dictionaries and the internet are for). You need a roadmap for making interpretive choices; you have to delve into the text and find not just understanding and comprehension but the human experience as well. You have to make it yours. This is by no means an easy feat, even if the plays in question hadn’t been written 400 years ago. Thankfully, Shakespeare gave us a map: the verse.