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Freaking Thank You, Part II

nobizshowbiz:

Last time, I graciously thanked socialshakespeare & thevanishingtwin for everything they do.

But I overlooked something drastically important.

When I moved to FL this last time, I, for medical reasons, had to step away from my passion: theatre. Entirely. I couldn’t Stage Manage anymore; worst of it all, I couldn’t act, sing, or dance. I have cried many tears over how much that fact hurts; I do now. That said… two years later, I still cannot rejoin with my passion. Then, by miracle of circumstance and coincidence, I fell across socialshakespeare's blog (I think via one of motherfuckingshakespeare's posts). And so I got to participate in a read-through of Richard II.

It may sound silly… but theatre is so much a part of me that I literally feel completely empty without it in my day to day life. Yet after 2 year’s hiatus to treat my medical problems, I am so afraid to rejoin that miraculous community. But there Social Shakespeare is. 

I want to thank EVERY SINGLE PARTICIPANT in this. You’ve brought me back home. I haven’t had the pleasure of even pretending to act or stage manage until this. I got to lead two of our readings of Richard III this month. That is such a huge deal to me. I feel a member of theatre again. And I wouldn’t be nearly as close to the woman that I am at heart were it not for any single one of you.

So freaking thank you, all of you. I don’t know how to tag all of you… just so many lol, but thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will remember this for the rest of my life. You’re my doorway back to the stage.

socialshakespeare:

strange-goodfellows:

I wish I had records of the Catesby and Aslan conversations but I forgot to get screenshots of them. 
So here are other highlights from the RIII readthrough. Everyone was amazing, ghosts haunted the Skype, Catesby either existed or exited, no one was ever sure which, though when he was existing he did the hokey pokey in a revolving door. Buckingham does not like the block of shame, Richard thinks Elizabeth should get over it, and Richard has a few relationship problems. All the markings of a great readthrough.
(also it bears mentioning that I was not the source of any of these comments, but I don’t know who actually was so there)
—Rosencrantz

Those comments were GOLD.

I’m emailing the whole chatlog to socialshakespeare so they can send it around as they like. 

eternity-in-ice:

The best part of As You Like It is when the freaking god of marriage just shows up at the end like what was Shakespeare even THINKING

casual wedding blessings, as you do. beats getting a toaster 

Me when I'm tired: I can't count to ten....but watch me quote multiple scenes from Shakespeare verbatim.
motherfuckingshakespeare:

brb changing my blog title to Erotic Punning


in case you thought I was joking

motherfuckingshakespeare:

brb changing my blog title to Erotic Punning

in case you thought I was joking

What do you think happened to Poins at the end of Henry IV, part 2? (Personally I like to think he and Hal are still "in touch" and Poins is some sort of spy on a secret mission or something :D )
Anonymous

I’m not the most into the histories so I can’t say I’ve given Poins a ton of thought. I appreciate the headcanon that Hal saves the tavern world part of himself in a spy kind of way.

Could my history people chime in with their tavernworld headcanons? 

harmonicakind:

i would love to see a comparison of the scene in cymbeline where imogen wakes up next to cloten’s beheaded disguised body and thinks hes her murdered husband (4.2) and the scene in the duchess of malfi where ferdinand gives the duchess a dead guy’s hand and she thinks its antonio’s because its wearing his wedding ring (4.1)

actually come to think of it with all the ring business and supernatural horror elements i would actually LOVE to see comparisons between cymbeline and the duchess of malfi, in general

kelseyridge13?

So the next production my school's theatre department is putting on is Twelfth Night. I know you love Sebtonio but I was wondering what you thought about the two characters Olivia and Viola. I love both of the characters but I'm not sure which to audition for. I'd love to go for sassy Olivia and I relate to her but I also want to branch out and go for Viola's bigger role (and also I usually cross dress in plays anyway). I was hoping some of your brilliant character analysis or advice might help?
Anonymous

I really like sassy/ vaguely predatory/ 1000% done with everyone’s shenanigans Olivia and I think she and Viola/ Cesario share a lot because they’re sort of at the same place when they meet, both having just lost brothers. Olivia uses her loss defensively against Orsino, and there are fairly definitive power dynamics with her relationship with Cesario/Sebastian where she is very much in charge. I think the contrast between her authority when she’s running her household and her whimsy falling for Cesario is pretty important. I tend to think of her as being older than the twins but young enough that Orsino is perving on her (also bc irl Shakes was a good few years younger than his wife). 

My headcanon about Viola/Cesario views the character as a trauma survivor b/c lets be real surviving a shipwreck has got to be pretty traumatic. I’d love to see someone explore that aspect of the character, and play with the physicality of Viola as Cesario drawing masculinity around herself when she feels unsafe versus relaxing back into femininity when she feels comfortable. I think there would be a hyper-vigilant aspect to her, as well as reactivity to loud noises/ sudden movements.   

I think there’s a giddiness to their relationship/ a lot of the relationships in the play that reflects how all of the characters get swept up in the period of holiday. 

All of this said, I’m not an actor, but break a leg & let me know how it goes! Other Acting People please chime in! 

Where did you get your buttons?

Etsy! also I have a zazzle thing 

motherfuckingshakespeare:

motherfuckingshakespeare:

TAKE TWO! Ostensibly for hitting 1000 followers but like the person who won at 500 never got in touch SO I’m adding a couple more things so should you win you get
three little cute shakespeare buttons
one large prose before bros button
twenty small prose before bros stickers (which I encourage you to apply to the nearest bro) (I may throw in other stickers but we’ll see)
shakespearean insult bandaids 
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST! THE SHAKESPEARE RUBBER DUCK!!!
So just be following the blog the last day or two of August I’ll probs be insane and moving into/out of places but I will def pick a winner!!
If you win! please please please get in touch with me! I will @ mention you in the winner post and send you a message! Please reply and tell me where to send these lovely things or I will be forced to keep them all to myself!!

I’m announcing the winner September 1st!

motherfuckingshakespeare:

motherfuckingshakespeare:

TAKE TWO! Ostensibly for hitting 1000 followers but like the person who won at 500 never got in touch SO I’m adding a couple more things so should you win you get

  • three little cute shakespeare buttons
  • one large prose before bros button
  • twenty small prose before bros stickers (which I encourage you to apply to the nearest bro) (I may throw in other stickers but we’ll see)
  • shakespearean insult bandaids 
  • AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST! THE SHAKESPEARE RUBBER DUCK!!!

So just be following the blog the last day or two of August I’ll probs be insane and moving into/out of places but I will def pick a winner!!

If you win! please please please get in touch with me! I will @ mention you in the winner post and send you a message! Please reply and tell me where to send these lovely things or I will be forced to keep them all to myself!!

I’m announcing the winner September 1st!

SUMMARIES MASTER POST
brb changing my blog title to Erotic Punning

brb changing my blog title to Erotic Punning

schmergo:

Cassius and Brutus checking their makeup in their daggers in the rehearsals for the production of Julius Caesar that I directed at my college

schmergo:

Cassius and Brutus checking their makeup in their daggers in the rehearsals for the production of Julius Caesar that I directed at my college

HOW TO SHAKESPEARE

motherfuckingshakespeare:

motherfuckingshakespeare:

motherfuckingshakespeare:

HERE’S THE LATEST SERIES OF THINGS. THIS IS YOUR SHAKESPEARE STARTER KIT. IF YOU PARSE THROUGH THESE A LITTLE BIT YOU’LL BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND A LOT BETTER OR AT LEAST BULLSHIT YOUR WAY THROUGH YOUR CLASS A LOT MORE CONVINCINGLY.

IF YOU WANT MORE INFO OR NEED CLARIFICATION LEMME KNOW. ALSO TELL ME IF YOU WANT A CLEAN VERSION OF A POST OR GRAPHIC TO USE AS AN EDUCATIONAL TYPE THING. YOU CAN FIND ALL OF THESE POSTS TAGGED ‘GENERAL’ &/OR ‘HOW TO’ 

UPDATED TO INCLUDE SOME NICE NEW STUFF LIKE USING PROPER CONJUGATION WITH THOU AND WHEN PROSE AND VERSE HAPPEN!

GONNA CONTINUE TO BE WEIRDLY OPTIMISTIC/ EVANGELICAL ABOUT EVERYONE MAKING IT THROUGH SHAKESPEARE

I've only read Romeo and Juliet, and in my opinion i didn't find it that great? My brother says that there are plays that are a lot better than Romeo and Juliet, so could you recommend some for me?
Anonymous

eglantinebr:

hardforthebard:

motherfuckingshakespeare:

If I were you I’d go Twelfth Night or A Midsummer Night’s dream because comedies are usually easier to parse than tragedies. I also like recommending Titus Andronicus because it’s one of the early tragedies and it’s super violent but unintentionally hilarious at times. 

you can check out the SUMMARIES and my HOW TO SHAKESPEARE series if you want more info! 

I like recommending Much Ado About Nothing early on, just because it’s so damn funny.

Like romantic comedy? Check it.

Also, seeing them is a better way to start than reading them. You can always read them after— they make more sense that wwy.

Good point! You should try thegeekyblonde's condensed Shakespeares, much ado is on netflix & I have a slew of links tagged video