Sunday, November 21, 2010

This Week's Reading Assignment

This month, our readings are all about Hamlet. We started with The Spanish Tragedy, an earlier play that influenced Shakespeare's own revenge tragedy, and of course we've read the play itself. Now, let's read a contemporary play based on Hamlet: the Tony-winning Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard.

A few of you just cringed and said, "Contemporary drama? Really? I only like the old stuff." I used to feel that way, too. When I started spending long weekends at theater festivals -- especially the Stratford Shakespeare Festival -- I sometimes needed an extra play to fill up my schedule. So, I first saw plays like Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot by accident. Trust me: The new stuff is worth your time. After all, what might Shakespeare have written had he lived in the 20th century?

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