Hello from SocialShakespeare! I cast you as Barnardo & Player Queen & Ambassador in the read-through of Hamlet taking place 10/23 at 20:00-01:00 EST. Please confirm if you are available and keep an eye on the SocialShakespeare tumblr for updates. Have fun!
Trickster Through & Through Answer:
I’m all set for the read-through! Excited to see/hear everyone there.
being friendly with a boy you aren’t romantically/physically attracted to and him developing feelings for you isn’t your fault, nor does it mean you were “leading him on”. you are under no obligation to date him.
Even if he gets really mad about it. Remember that it’s his problem that he caught feelings. Not your problem.
the guardian imagines what historical figures might look like today. my personal favourite is shakespeare, reincarnated as a shoreditch hipster.
but can you imagine how’d he’d sound a loft party?
"I’m going to subvert the whole, like, narrative ideal by telling you upfront that these two, like, teenagers are going to fall in love and die, and then do it. So there’s no more hiding in the words. Stark, yeah? And then, I think I’ll hide a sonnet in their big scene together, right? It’ll be subversive, because only, you know, people who are up on sonnets will get it…..what? No, she’s thirteen—a little edgy but that’s art, man. Art.”
i am loving hipster shakespeare
This explains so much. Hipster Shakespeare drank too many experimental microbrews one night:
"Will, we need this bit done, buddy. We’ve got rehearsal in ten minutes."
"Shit, I dunno. Uh. Exit."
"Exit, pursued by a bear."
"Will, come on."
"I think I left my LUNGS in that bucket, Robbie, okay? Exit, pursued by a bear. It’s surrealism. Man versus wild. Whatever. Get me a Gatorade and a shit ton of Advil, and maybe I can work out what I’m going to do with the statue."
"No labels" rhetoric isolates people from their community, history and culture. It keeps people from being able to articulate themselves and ask for what they need.It promotes a false sense of unity that only serves to further the dominant classes in society. It is a lazy way of getting out of understanding and digesting complex issues.I dislike this rhetoric and approach.
i am firmly pro selfie. i am firmly pro millennial. i am firmly pro any topic or issue that gets baby boomers to write pissed off articles in salon or slate or the guardian about how the millennial generation is fucked up and narcissistic and lazy and will never be taken seriously by established powers.
Hamlet: You read my journal?
Horatio: At first I did not know it was your diary. I thought it was a very sad handwritten book.
The Tempest: The usurper Antonio, using his brother Prospero’s tyrannous exactitude as the excuse for firing him, casts Prospero out of the Milan School of Dance. Isolated in the Island Studio with his reluctant assistants Caliban and Ariel, Prospero brings up his daughter Miranda, training her according to his rigorous standards. When street performer Ferdinand breaks into the studio to take shelter from a dangerous thunderstorm, Miranda is as intrigued by his exuberant, kinetic performance as he is impressed by her control and precision. When Antonio and Alonso’s father turn up and seek Ferdinand through the dark passages and mirrored rooms of Island, the stage is set for the final, theatrical confrontation.
The Taming of the Shrew: Bianca and Katherine are sisters and outrageously talented dancers; but their dad doesn’t want them to perform in the city competition without male protectors. Lucentio, Hortensio, Baptista try to get Bianca into their crew, while Petruchio is desperate to dance with Kate. Just as the competition is about to get underway, all the male characters spontaneously combust. Katherine and Bianca form an all-female troupe called Haterz, dance their way to the top of the competition, and sip a fine brew of male tears from champagne glasses while high-fiving continuously.
Henry IV Part 1: Oh my god, you guys! He was faking being a terrible dancer this whole time.
(Hat-tip to Dirtbag Henry IV for reminding me how fun this is.)
I watch a lot of dance movies, usually when my sister and I are in our hometown at the same time. They do awesome things with spectacle, there’s usually some social commentary in there, dance is great, dancers are great, and you don’t have to pay any attention to the dialogue after the third one.
Lines you might want to include:
- "What if this doesn’t work?" "It has to."
- "Let’s bring it to the streets!"
- "You gotta step up."
- "You think you can bring YOUR crew HERE?"
- "I’m a dancer! This IS my job!"
Pick three out of the five. BOOM! Dance movie script.
Lots of dance movies also bring in some good old-fashioned Romeo and Juliet stuff, where there’s a clash between rival crews/dance schools/social classes, but THIS talented hetero couple, representing each side of the conflict, can show the power of unity and love… through dance! Their literal or figurative families clash, threats are made, the law is called, but eventually, some are pardoned, others punished and the spirit of the subculture is healed.
(Even better: no one dies)
I sincerely love these movies, and the fact that I can predict what story beats will take place at what point is actually part of my enjoyment. But I feel we could move away from Romeo and Juliet for a while. Even if we’re not quite ready to leave Shakespeare behind, could Jon M. Chu, Yako Miyamato, Parris Goebel and the D’umos get together and think about a dance movie based on one of these?
- King Lear: A dance school owner retires. She’ll apportion out the assets according to how much love her three daughters show her in a solo performance. The youngest is criticised for being too stiff and unemotional, and the school is divided between the two older girls. Their squabbling and their mother’s insistence on still interfering with the business threatens the integrity and sustainability of this once-renowned school and also leads to some awesome dance-offs. The youngest girl has meanwhile taken up with a parkeur-influenced crew (FRENCH!) and returns to save the day with her hot boyfriend. LOOK AT MY EMOTIONS NOW MA.
- Hamlet: A young man returns to his hometown after a successful international tour as a junior dancer to discover that in the wake of his father’s death, his uncle has bowled over his grieving mother and taken over the management of his crew, with some suspicious looking exclusive contracts. He distracts his uncle with a series of increasingly dangerous, eccentric and spectacular routines while his best friend and awesome girlfriend uncover proof of his uncle’s perfidy. Lights, lights!
- Henry V: At the International World Dance Championship World Dance Day, teams from France and England fight it out for world supremacy and the shiny cash prize that will Save Their Club. Bonus points for Katherine totally schooling Henry.
- Much Ado About Nothing:Intrigue and romance in a ballroom dancing championship. oh my god masquerade scene.
- The Winter’s Tale: Dance-off with a bear.
NOW DO TWELFTH NIGHT
Twelfth Night: Viola isn’t allowed to join all-male crew OrSINo, so she auditions as her own brother, performs all over the place, reveals her identity in a blaze of triumph, turns Orsino down because what a jackass and makes out with Olivia forever.