A Piece of Shakespearean History: The First Folio Visits Seattle

Seattle Shakespeare fans got to celebrate in the run-up to the Bard’s birthday (or deathday, if you’re the glass-half-empty sort) with the arrival of the First Folio at the Central Library. An impressive gilt-edged tome of nine hundred pages, the first compilation of Shakespeare’s plays was opened to Hamlet’s “to be or not to be”…

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Mother’s Day Cards to Famous (and Infamous) Literary Moms

We love our moms, and they love us! But… more often than not in literature, we see somewhat, er, nontraditional relationships between mothers and their children. Some of these relationships are too good (or too bad?) not to comment on, so when we started brainstorming our Mother’s Day post, we kept coming back to the…

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A Shakespearean Mash Up

This summer the Los Angeles based Troubadour Theater Company is reprising its role as masters of the Shakespearean mash up. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream. You may have guessed it, though you might not believe it: one theater company has poured all the funk, bellbottoms, and embarrassing dance…

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The LAWSC’s All-Female Production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet

For twenty years now, the L.A. Women’s Shakespeare Company has been staging Shakespearean plays with an entirely female ensemble. Later this year (August 17-October 4), the company will take on Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, Hamlet, with LAWSC founder and artistic director Lisa Wolpe in the title role. In 1993, the LAWSC was completely funded by private…

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Hamlet!

If you are at all a fan of comics, or have a child who is, you have likely heard of Ryan North, writer of the hilarious comic book series, Adventure Time , the wildly popular Dinosaur Comics  and perhaps even the #1 best-selling Amazon short story anthology Machine of Death .  North had an idea for a new project, a take-off…

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