delphipsmith: (Elizabethan adder)
Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this amazing opportunity. Srsly :)

"The American Shakespeare Center, a regional theater company in Staunton, Virginia, is looking to stage new plays as companion pieces to William Shakespeare's classics -- all 38 of them.

'We're looking for remarkable playwrights from all walks of life. Do you have a great play that vibes off of Shakespeare's canon? Can you write a great play to be a companion piece to one of Shakespeare's plays? We want to see it.'"

Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape this offer. Get thee to a keyboard!!
delphipsmith: (Elizabethan adder)
"In the early 1590s, Shakespeare sat down to write a play that addressed a problem: How could a great country wind up being governed by a sociopath?...Shakespeare’s words have an uncanny ability to reach out beyond their original time and place and to speak directly to us. We have long looked to him, in times of perplexity and risk, for the most fundamental human truths. So it is now..."

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delphipsmith: (Elizabethan adder)
Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing has a release date: June 7, 2013. Exactly 38 days from today. Tick, tick, tick...

And there's a new trailer. yay!!


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delphipsmith: (grinchmas)
What a great combination of subjects, eh?

[livejournal.com profile] hp_holidaygen is now open for signups, yay! I had great fun writing mine for last year, because I was assigned characters I don't usually write and thus given a chance to stretch myself a bit. Signup post is here, so go forth and put your name down!

On a totally 'nother note, Mr Psmith has gotten me hooked on Sons of Anarchy. Initially I thought it was pretty awful, like a soap opera only with more guns and a much higher body count, but as I've been drawn in I'm starting to see a sort of epic-ness to it. Some of the episodes, admittedly, are just epic train wrecks that you can't look away from: anything these guys touch seems to disintegrate into a bloody fiasco and nobody tells anybody the truth, ever, under any circumstances. But the last two episodes from Season 4 were classic Greek tragedy.

More here, but spoilery )

I'm sure there are more analogies that can be made (Piney, for example, nags at me as being an archetypal figure but I can't put my finger on it), and I'd be interested to hear any that others have spotted or conjectured.

So it's turned out to be an interesting ride (no pun intended!), and I'm looking forward to next weekend when Season 5 starts with a whole new set of episodes to probe for classical/mythical allusions :)
delphipsmith: (CullensBuffy)
Joss Whedon has apparently filmed, secretly, in 12 days, his own version of Much Ado About Nothing! So it's my favorite Shakespeare ever + Joss = ♥ ♥ ♥ It's a perfect one for him to do: the dialog is fast and clever and witty, much like his own. He cast a bunch of Whedonverse folks in it, including Captain Tightpants (aka Nathan Fillion), Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker. (Sadly, no Giles though.) He filmed it as indie flick but I really hope it gets picked up for wide distribution. Must! See! So excited!!!
delphipsmith: (Elizabethan adder)
I don't know who [livejournal.com profile] azalea is, but as soon as I can stop laughing she's got my vote for Cleverest Shakespeare Adaptation of the Year. Or maybe the decade. Her spoof of King Lear, entitled (what else?) King Winchester, contains, among other gems, the following:


Dean: For God’s sake, let us sit upon the couch,
And talk about this in a reasonable way.

Sam: O, insupportable!
Dean: Dude, calm thyself.

Dean: ...How shall Sammy fare, outside our lines of salt
And from the cover of my Glock remov’d?

*snort*
delphipsmith: (face sodding your shut)
REM **********************
REM BEGIN CATTY SEGMENT

In another kidney punch for reputable publishing, Sarah Palin's new book is coming out in November. Yet another tacit admission that providing fodder for mockery is, in fact, more lucrative than providing actual intellectual content or social value. Just how pathetic can homo sapiens get before it becomes homo idiota?

"Harper Collins Thursday unveiled the cover art...[which] features a smiling Palin looking straight into the camera while donning a flag pin and flag-studded bracelet."

Heck, Sarah, why not go all the way and get a flag tattooed on your ass? Then we'd all of us REALLY know how much you love your real America and and all about that patriotism, there.

The publisher's summary says, "Written in her own refreshingly candid voice, America By Heart will include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her-from the nation's founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography, and even some of her favorite songs and movies."

"Refreshingly candid" presumably means she'll be making up new words left and right (well, mostly right, ha ha). It will be easy to distinguish her bits from the bits by others that have inspired her: the latter will (presumably) be grammatically correct and at least minimally coherent. No doubt Isaiah 49:16 will feature prominently.

Anyone want to take a stab at what her "favorite songs and movies" might be? The mind boggles. Although obviously since she doesn't read she must do SOMETHING with her free time...

REM END CATTY SEGMENT
REM ********************
delphipsmith: (much rejoicing)
Hamlet (Facebook News Feed Edition)

The king poked the queen.

The queen poked the king back.

Hamlet and the queen are no longer friends.

Marcellus is pretty sure something's rotten around here.

Ophelia removed "moody princes" from her interests.

Hamlet became a fan of daggers.


Read the entire hilarious piece here.

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