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Good news LGBTQ headlines

March wasn’t an easy month. If the coronavirus didn’t impact you directly, headlines concerning the pandemic surely stirred up anxiety related to the current moment’s uncertainty. On top of the health crisis, outlets and events for the queer community are being closed and canceled at an alarming rate, leaving LGBTQ folks with very little light at what’s looking to be a much longer tunnel than expected. But let’s not dwell on the bad stuff. In 2015, Harvard researcher Shawn Achor, psychologis...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, Arianna Huffington, France, New York City, Spain, Harvard, West, Canada, Stephen Sondheim, Wheeler, Broadway, Lgbtq, Shakespeare, Andrew Cuomo


strip for March / 31 / 2020 - Shakespeare the Horder

Shakespeare the Horder Jump to a Random Strip in the Archives! | Buy This Original Art | Archives | E-mail Dave
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Is There Pressure to be as Productive as Shakespeare During Self-Isolation and Social Distancing?

Much has been talked about during the current health crisis about remaining active during social distancing and self isolation. Many people are looking at this time as a way to focus on creative work, stating that Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the plague. Other people are saying that being creative may be too lofty of a goal during a time when people are trying to get used to thisnew normal. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Shakespeare, Lear, BWW News Desk


a reading plan for 2020: the (second) year of the biography plus... more?

On the final day of 2017, I wrote a short list of books of people and topics I wanted to know more about, authors I wanted to sample but somehow never did, and unfinished reading challenges: what i haven't read and what i'm not reading (again, a post that had a fair number of comments... still hoping to restore them).**From there, I dubbed 2019 The Year of the Biography (just for my personal reading, of course). I ended up reading three massive tomes on the lives of Frederick Douglass, Jackie Ro...
Tags: Travel, New York City, Gotham, Muhammad Ali, Shakespeare, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne Frank, Taylor Branch, What I'm Reading, Siegfried Sassoon, Laura K, David Wootton, Emma Goldman, Greater Gotham, Dorothy Hermann, Frederick Douglass Jackie Robinson


All The World’s Living Rooms Can Be Stages, With The Right Plays

Ben Brantley: “Remember that plays — even those lofty classics that show up on college reading lists — are meant to be spoken and heard. And saying their lines aloud, no matter how clumsily, helps you hear the music and cadences in them. This is true not only of Shakespeare, but also of linguistically rich latter-day writers like August Wilson, Caryl Churchill, Edward Albee, [and] Suzan-Lori Parks.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, World, Shakespeare, Ben Brantley, Suzan Lori Parks, 03.27.20, Wilson Caryl Churchill Edward Albee


What Shakespeare Teaches Us About Living With Pandemics

Plague erased social, gender and personal differences. Shakespeare responded by emphasizing people’s unique and inerasable difference. His work is a narrative vaccine.
Tags: News, Epidemics, Theater, William, Shakespeare, Great Britain, Books and Literature


Joel Coen’s ‘Macbeth’ Adaptation with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand Delayed Due to Coronavirus

Almost exactly one year ago, we learned Joel Coen was taking a break from writing and directing movies with his brother Ethan Coen in order to tackle a new big screen adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play Macbeth on his own. Shooting was slated to begin in Los Angeles this spring, but it should come as no surprise that the A24 production has been delayed along with pretty much every other movie in Hollywood due to the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the United States. Deadlin...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Drama, Washington, Scotland, New York City, Los Angeles, Frances-McDormand, Oscar, Adaptation, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Richard III, Brendan-Gleeson, A24, Justin Kurzel


‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood …’ Before ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’

“Whenever there is that struggle for power, of who is going to be the leader, that is pure Shakespeare.” Sam Wanamker (Nicholas Hammond) Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood (Blu-ray extra scene) The other day a friend of mine watched Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood for the first time and really enjoyed […]
Tags: Hollywood, Filmmaking, Quentin Tarantino, Shakespeare, Screenwriting, Hollywood Blu, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Sam Wanamker Nicholas Hammond


Joel Coen’s Macbeth Adaptation Starring Denzel Washington On Hiatus

Joel Coen’s Macbeth adaptation starring Denzel Washington on hiatus Somebody must have invoked the name of the Scottish play in the theater. According to Deadline, A24’s Macbeth has become the latest film to go on hiatus due to the coronavirus. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long for this one as it was shaping up to be a doozy — Denzel Washington + Frances McDormand + Joel Coen + Shakespeare? That’s an amazing team right there. RELATED: Joel Coen’s Macbeth to Star Denzel Washington & Fr...
Tags: Movies, Cdc, Washington, Netflix, Frances Mcdormand, Shakespeare, Brendan Gleeson, Scott Rudin, Macbeth, Denzel Washington, Duncan, Ethan, Corey Hawkins, Coen, Joel And Ethan Coen, Joel Coen


RSC and Marquee TV Will Host A Watch-Along of TWELFTH NIGHT For World Theatre Day

To mark World Theatre Day Friday 27 March, the Royal Shakespeare Company RSC is inviting people to join a live 'watch along' from their living rooms on Saturday 11 April of a recording of their 2017 production of Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Shakespeare, BWW News Desk, Royal Shakespeare Company RSC


Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand MACBETH On Hiatus

Production on the film adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth starring Tony and Academy Award-winners Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand has been placed on hold. [Author: Movies News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Frances Mcdormand, Shakespeare, Macbeth, Denzel Washington, Tony, Movies News Desk


VIDEO: Patrick Stewart Reads Two More Sonnets for Social Media!

Patrick Stewart returned today with another of Shakespeare's sonnets to lift the spirits of his social media followers. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Social Media, Shakespeare, Patrick Stewart, BWW News Desk


Successful Aging: How do older people handle the isolation of coronavirus quarantines?

Q. As a 73-year old healthy retired widow, I am having trouble with another transition just when I had the “retirement piece” all worked out. I had a great career, a fulfilling retirement and now am self-quarantined. The transition from work to retirement and now to isolation is a big one for me. Any thoughts? And please don’t give me an exhausting laundry list of things I can do. I am sure I am not alone on this. An added thought: Is anyone thinking about the impact of this big change on older ...
Tags: London, Sport, Cnn, Things To Do, Soccer, Isaac Newton, Shakespeare, LA Times, Thomas Cromwell, Victor Frankl, Bernice Bratter, Successful Aging, Coronavirus, COVID, Hilary Mantell


Patrick Stewart Is Reading Every Shakespeare Sonnet on Instagram: One a Day “to Keep the Doctor Away”

  View this post on Instagram   It has led me to undertake what follows. When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn't much) and as she put it in front of me she would say: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." How about, “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away”? So...here we go: Sonnet 1. A post shared by Patrick Stewart (@sirpatstew) on Mar 22, 2020 at 4:28pm PDT After receiving...
Tags: Google, Instagram, College, Current Affairs, Literature, Shakespeare, Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley, Helen Mirren, Ian Mckellen, Agincourt, Henry V, John Barton, Stewart, Patrick, Facebook Twitter


VIDEO: Sir Patrick Stewart and Sebastian Arcelus Read Shakespeare's Sonnets on Twitter

Sir Patrick Stewart is continuing his ASonnetADay series on Twitter with Sonnet 2. Sebastian Arcelus has also taken up reading Shakespeare on Twitter. Watch his rendition of Sonnet 105 [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Shakespeare, Patrick Stewart, BWW News Desk, Sebastian Arcelus, Sebastian Arcelus Read Shakespeare


VIDEO: Judi Dench and British Stage Stars Recite Shakespeare From Isolation

Dame Judi Dench and a handful of great British stage actors have come together to spread some Shakespeare from isolation. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Judi Dench, Shakespeare, Dame Judi Dench, BWW News Desk


Word of the week: Shelter

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ve been under a shelter-in-place directive in response to the COVID-19 health crisis since Tuesday, March 18. On March 20, California Governor Gavin Newsom expanded shelter-in-place to all of the state’s 40 million residents, with no set end date. We’re hunkering down indoors, dashing out only for essential activities (including fresh-air exercise that observes safe physical distancing from other humans). Shelter-in-place has been borrowed for this unpre...
Tags: London, Medicine, California, Wikipedia, America, Current Affairs, New York Times, Linguistics, Boston Marathon, Shakespeare, Andrew Cuomo, New York State, Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Bay Area, Vault, Henry


VIDEO: Watch Sir Patrick Stewart Read Shakespeare's Sonnets

At a time when social distancing is keeping us from live theatre, Patrick Stewart is doing his part by reading Shakespeare on Twitter [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Shakespeare, Patrick Stewart, BWW News Desk, Patrick Stewart Read Shakespeare


Actors And Others Read Us Sonnets Online

This story came out before Sir Patrick Stewart performed “Let us not to the marriage of true minds/Admit impediments” (aka Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116) on Instagram, but there are plenty of other actors and regular folks performing sonnets, in a move started by actor Michael Gaston. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, Shakespeare, Patrick Stewart, Audience, 03.20.20


Shakespeare in lockdown: did he write King Lear in plague quarantine?

Pestilence was rife in the Bard’s time, closing theatres and ravaging life. Did he write his bleak, desperate drama while self-isolating? We sift the evidence While those of us stuck in self-isolation or working from home watch TikTok videos and refresh liveblogs, a meme has been going around that claims Shakespeare made use of being quarantined during the plague to write King Lear. The Bard supposedly took advantage of the Globe’s lengthy closure to get on top of his writing in-tray – coming up...
Tags: Theatre, Society, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, John, Avon, Shakespeare, Social history, Cleopatra, Macbeth, Stratford, Bard, Antony, King Lear, Bubonic plague


Maggie O’Farrell: ‘Having to bury a child must be unlike anything else’

Shakespeare’s only son, Hamnet, who died aged 11, is the inspiration for Maggie O’Farrell’s remarkable new novel. She talks about the link between his loss and the bard’s most famous workWhen the novelist Maggie O’Farrell was 16, she was invited to a fancy-dress party and knew at once who to be. She put on a black shirt, with a ruffled paper collar, an inky cloak made out of a skirt, her Doc Martens and cheeky shorts over black leggings. To complete her ensemble, she borrowed a skull from her sc...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Culture, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Doc Martens, Maggie O'Farrell, O'Farrell, Hamnet


Soothing, Uplifting Resources for Parents & Caregivers Stressed by the COVID-19 Crisis

When COVID-19 closed schools and shuttered theaters and concert venues, response was swift. Stars ranging from the Cincinnati zoo’s hippo Fiona to Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda leapt to share free content with suddenly homebound viewers. Coldplay’s frontman, Chris Martin, separated from his bandmates by international borders, played a mini gig at home, as did country star Keith Urban, with his wife, Nicole Kidman, lurking in the background. Choreographer Debbie Allen got people off the c...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, Life, Bbc, Nature, Nicole Kidman, Newcastle, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Shakespeare, Keith Urban, Hayao Miyazaki, Hamilton, Cincinnati


21 Epigrams Every Man Should Live By

With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Friday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in January 2018. Editor’s note: This is a guest article from Ryan Holiday.  As long as man has been alive, he has been collecting little sayings about how to live. We find them carved in the rock of the Temple of Apollo and etched as graffiti on the walls of Pompeii. They appear...
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Broadway Rewind: HAIR Let's the Sun Shine In Again in 2009!

In 2009, four decades after it originally rocked the world, Hair returned under the direction of Diane Paulus. The production, which started at the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park the previous summer, opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on March 31, 2009. The cast included some of Broadway's best, including Cassie Levy, Will Swenson, Sasha Allen, Allison Case, KacieSheik, Bryce Ryness, Jay Armstrong Johnson and future Tony winner, Gavin Creel. [Author: BroadwayWorld TV]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Shakespeare, Tony, Public Theater, Gavin Creel, BroadwayWorld TV, Al Hirschfeld Theater


You Don't Have to Be Productive Right Now

Isaac Newton did some of his best work during a plague year, we’re told. Shakespeare may have turned to sonnets when the theaters were closed. And now everyone you know is working on some kind of project while they’re working (or not) from home. But you know what other option you have? Not doing any of that. Read more...
Tags: Productivity, Isaac Newton, Lifehacks, Shakespeare, Self Care, Coronavirus


Isaac Newton Conceived of His Most Groundbreaking Ideas During the Great Plague of 1665

Whether you’ve volunteered to self-quarantine, or have done so from necessity, health experts worldwide say home is the best place to be right now to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For some this means layoffs, or remote assignments, or an anxious and indefinite staycation. For others it means a loss of safety or resources. No matter how much choice we had in the matter, there are those among us who harbor ambitious fantasies of using the time to finally finish labors of love, whether they be cr...
Tags: Google, Facebook, London, Washington Post, College, History, Netflix, Physics, Atlantic, Cambridge, Isaac Newton, Algeria, Shakespeare, Albert Camus, Cambridge University, The Washington Post


How Shakespeare Became An American Gold Standard

The 17th-century puritans who founded the first English settler colonies were “rabidly anti-theatrical”, and colonial insurrectionists rejecting the motherland in the 18th century would not necessarily have embraced the quintessential English playwright. “How Shakespeare won over America in the early 19th century is something of a mystery.” – New Statesman
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, Shakespeare, 03.11.20, American Gold Standard


In Which ‘The Atlantic’ Argues That Theatre Shutdowns Could Be Good For Plays

Shakespeare apparently wrote King Lear while the Globe was shuttered because of the bubonic plague (a trope that echoed heavily on Twitter over the weekend). Then there’s the economic opportunity: “Given that the bubonic plague particularly decimated young populations, it may also have wiped out Shakespeare’s theatrical rivals—companies of boy actors who dominated the early-17th-century stage, and could often get away with more satiric, politically dicey productions than their older competitors...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Atlantic, Shakespeare, Audience, King Lear, 03.14.20


​Find over 3,000 witches on this map of Scotland

This map provides the location for people accused of witchcraft in Scotland between 1563 and 1736.It includes data on others, such as sheriffs, ministers and 'witch-prickers' – a most curious profession.The map also covers the infamous North Berwick Witch Trials, presided over by King James; his subsequent book on demonology inspired Shakespeare's Macbeth. Proof of godliness Looking for a witch but don't know where to find one? This map will help. It pins more than 3,000 people accused of witc...
Tags: England, London, Scotland, Religion, Women, History, Britain, Innovation, Violence, Denmark, Christian, Westminster, Parliament, Map, Shakespeare, North Sea


Senior Moments: Beware the Ides of March and be calm about coronavirus

Most of us don’t worry about our best friend stabbing us in the back. So the Ides of March is simply a literary nod to Shakespeare. “Et tu?” I would say to George if he brought me a cup of tea without sugar or some other minor infraction. But this year we have reason to beware March 15. According to the Centers for Disease Control, seniors are at higher risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Many normal activities of daily life have become, let’s say, heightened: pumping gas, a trip to the m...
Tags: Cdc, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, World Health Organization, Shakespeare, George, Julius Caesar, Centers for Disease Control, Senior Moments