Thursday, December 31, 2009

Here's to 2010

Greetings, Gentle readers! We are almost half way through the canon, and I have to say that this project has been even more rewarding than I'd hoped it would be. The friendships that are building through our monthly gatherings, the insight into Shakespeare's development as a writer and the awe that his poetry inspires makes Shakespeare Allowed! one of my favorite things to do.

In February we will be starting a second monthly reading at the Brentwood library. If you miss the gathering on the 1st Saturday, come on down to Brentwood on the 3rd Saturday and catch up with us!

I'd like to initiate a social gathering after each Nashville reading (4p-6p the 1st Saturday of each month)--a time to discuss the plays we've read, get to know each other better and share news of local theater and literary happenings and other artful events. Where do you suggest we go to have some food and drink and share conversation? Email me or make a suggestion here.

See you Saturday for Henry the Fourth Part One, in which we'll once again have the pleasure of the company of Sir John Falstaff and where we'll meet the dashing young Prince Hal.

Happy New Year, Friends. =Denice

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Merchant of Venice November 14!

Ok, Shakes Alloweders, we are really and truly going to be up on the 3rd floor of the downtown Public Library on November 14th for the reading of The Merchant of Venice. Our kind hosts at the Public Library are providing us a lovely "home" room! ...with windows! and wooden furniture! The Merchant of Venice is a glorious play with superbly rich characters and some considerable comedy and controversy which I'm sure will provide great fodder for Ron's discussion Tuesday night following the reading, and for our blog here.
Bring you own copy, or borrow one from the library and I'll see you on Saturday, November 14th at 1pm in the 3rd Floor West Reading room.
In the meantime, feel free to pipe up here or email me if you have any questions or concerns.


Friday, September 11, 2009

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Join us October 3rd for Shakespeare Allowed!'s 1st birthday.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Large Group Expected for "Romeo & Juliet" Reading on September 5th

Hello all!
We are expecting a large number of people for the Shakespeare Allowed! reading of Romeo & Juliet on Saturday September 5th.
Rather than our normal reading room at the downtown library, we will be upstairs on the 2nd floor in the Story Room. (with windows!)
Come early to get a seat to read and, as always, bring your own copy of the play if you have it.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Stephanie Talks About Shakespeare Allowed!

September 5th, 2009 is the 12th reading at Shakespeare Allowed! Stephanie has been to every single one and she is also happy volunteer at Shakespeare in the Park.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

King John August 1, 2009

Hey Shakespeare Allowed Friends!

King John is very rarely performed, but it has some of Shakespeare's most interesting characters.  Little Arthur is heartbreaking, Phillip the Bastard is positively dreamy, and John is pretty darned  pathetic.  

For those of you who saw "Shakespeare's Case," you may recognize the beautiful grief speech that Nan Gurley performed ("grief fills the room up of my absent child").  It's one of Constance's in Act III iv.  

Another wonderful aspect of this play is that it is written in 100 percent verse!  It should come trippingly on our tongues!

See you at the downtown library at 1p on Saturday!  =Denice

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Cool iPhone Ap

Cool iPhone Ap found by Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare in the Park 2009 House Manager, Eric Ventress.

Perfect for all you Shakespeare fans that have an iPhone

All of William Shakespeare's works available to your iPhone for Free!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

40 Plays in 40 Days Visits Nashville

Thank you so much for coming to Shakespeare Allowed!

Listen in and read more about one teacher's adventure into Shakespeare's plays and his visit with The Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

Friday, July 3, 2009

RII July 11!

Can't wait to read this one with you! The character of Richard rides an emotional roller coaster as he wrestles with his natural body and his body politic. Shakespeare has given him moving and profound speeches that share his inner turmoil through lavish poetry. I really love this speech (which reminds me of Chance the Gardner in Being There!) where two gardeners talk in metaphor about the tottering state of the throne:

Go, bind thou up yon dangling apricocks,
Which, like unruly children, make their sire
Stoop with oppression of their prodigal weight:
Give some supportance to the bending twigs.
Go thou, and like an executioner,
Cut off the heads of too fast growing sprays,
That look too lofty in our commonwealth:
All must be even in our government.
You thus employ'd, I will go root away
The noisome weeds, which without profit suck
The soil's fertility from wholesome flowers

They go on to lament that Richard hasn't been an attentive king and has consequently been deposed by Bolingbroke.

The character of Bolingbroke has been referred to as a "Machiavellian," do you agree? Leave your comments and join the conversation!

Niccolò Machiavelli

Friday, May 29, 2009

Love's Labour's Lost

I'm especially looking forward to re-reading this one!  Harold Bloom says of it:  "...we all have particular favorites, in literature as in life, and I take more unmixed pleasure from Love's Labour's Lost than from any other Shakespearean play."  
Wow, eh?  That's some amazing praise from the man who wrote the book on the bard: "Shakespeare, the Invention of the Human."  
The surprise ending to this overtly romantic comedy is my favorite part of it.  It becomes most relevant when the veils of fondness are removed and reality takes over.  I'll be directing an edited version of this for a high school this coming fall and am excited to see how the students will choose to play the end.  (I've not done the edit, yet, so Shakespeare Allowed! will be very helpful to me in this process!)
See you at the downtown library at 1pm on Saturday, June 6th!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Two Gents ...

The Jive! Digital Printing Question of the month:
Be the first to respond on this blog in the COMMENTS below with the correct answer and win a free T-shirt!

What theme did The Nashville Shakespeare Festival produce The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Shakespeare in the Park 2007.

Hint: check here for a photo archive of past productions!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

2 Gentlemen of Verona!

This Saturday, May 2, we'll read aloud Shakespeare's comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  (With 2200 lines, it's almost as short as The Comedy of Errors, so we should be done by 3pm)  For me, one of the most interesting things about this play is how Shakespeare wove a thick thread of serious betrayal through a comedy: the friendship of the two young men remains intact, while the love of the young woman betrayed doesn't falter.  ...interesting.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts about how this worked and what you think Shakespeare was saying with this plot.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Taming of the Shrew

The reading yesterday was delightful. I am continually amazed at how well just reading the words out loud without a lot of "acting" conveys the characters and plot. A couple of people have asked why I don't "cast" the readings. Switching voices prevents anybody from putting too much spin on any character, and keeps the focus on the words alone. I really like going around the circle to keep everybody involved. We're truly reading together as a community!

Jive! Digital Printing Question of the Month -- What did you notice in Saturday's reading of The Taming of The Shrew that you didn't realize before? (Leave your comment below)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

First post (test)

Glad to have a place to discuss the Shakespeare Allowed readings!  

Friday, April 3, 2009

This Blog is Under Construction -

Next Discussion April 11, 2009 - Facilitated by The Nashville Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director, Denice Hicks.
Meanwhile - Check out the Press
Here's an interview from the November Reading!