January, 2011

Kill Shakespeare!

January 28th, 2011 by jacob

An Awesome Graphic Novel

Remember that graphic novel we told you about?  Well, Kill Shakespeare, was recently reviewed by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (among others).  A glowing review.

“A literate mash-up of graphic novel fantasizing with the works of the Bard of Avon, Kill Shakespeare (IDW) owes much to Fables and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. In all three works, familiar literary characters are flung together in a shared universe (Gentlemen, for instance, taking figures from Victorian entertainments and teaming them), though neither of the previous graphic series arguably has as high a literary pedigree as Will Shakespeare. That the source for this new series can frequently be viewed as daunting to many modern readers, though, should not deter them from checking out this appealing graphic fantasy series…

…Kill Shakespeare may follow earlier comic book entertainments like Alan Moore’s tribute to the books he read as a lad, but it’s arguably closer to its source material. Part of the kick of a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or a Fables, after all, resides in the way the series’ familiar players are re-imagined as more “grown-up” creations. In Shakespeare, each figure is true to their own self.

Which is as we like it.”

Couldn’t agree more!  The fine folks who wrote the book sent a copy over for us to peruse.  It’s awesome!  It’s filled with great wordplay, action and tons of Shakespeare fun!  If you are a true Bardolator, your collection is not complete until you’ve got a copy of Kill Shakespeare.

Check out their website.  It’s full of info about the book and the people who created it.


PBS: Great Performances, Hamlet

January 26th, 2011 by jacob

Who loves the Royal Shakespeare Company?  We do!  And PBS too!

Right now, courtesy of PBS you can watch two full RSC Shakespeare productions, oh boy!  MacBeth with Sir Patrick Stewart, and Hamlet with David Tennant, and Sir Patrick Stewart.   I don’t know how much longer they will keep the video’s up, so you better get ‘em while the gettin’s good.

Watch the full episode. See more Great Performances.

And here is the link to the full video.  Hamlet Full Video

Thanks PBS!

Challenge Grant!

January 19th, 2011 by jacob

We’re in the midst of a campaign to raise funds for our friendly friends, the Plimoth Players.  And wouldn’t-you-know-it an anonymous donor has offered a challenge grant!
A new matching gift challenge has been given to the Plimoth Players! Every dollar raised from now until January 24th (up to $1000.00) will be matched with an additional dollar by a supportive museum donor. Click here to donate today (link to donor form online)

One Enchanted Evening

January 19th, 2011 by jacob

Plimoth Plantation is a really striking place.  On the shores of Cape Cod bay, the museum has some really fantastic vistas.  Something that a lot of visitors miss at the museum are our striking gardens, particularly the Hornblower Garden.

Wow, what a nice garden!

Flowers in the Hornblower Garden

Nate Angrick, the Technical Director of the Plimoth Players, was particularly fond of the Hornblower Garden.  He thought it was such a beautiful space… for theatre!!  I, for one, think he’s right.  Outdoor theatre is magnificent.  A beautiful outdoor space heightens the magic of the play.

He drew up these plans for theatre in the garden.

Nate's Schematic rendering of the Garden, imagined as a theatre.

Artistic rendering of the Garden as a theatre.

Fairies, sprites and spirits popping in and out of the woods.  Its really a magical setting for a night of Shakespeare.  Nate even came up with a cost analysis for this project.  Nate is great, and Shakespeare in the Garden would be absolute magic.

And we’d like to thank all of our supporters out there.  We couldn’t do any of this without your support.

If you are interested in giving to support the Plimoth Players 2011 summer season, (or any of our Garden related schemes,) please visit our online pledge page!  Thanks!

Gnomeo and Juliet

January 14th, 2011 by jacob

Two households, both alike in dignity,

In the garden where we grow plants green.

It seems a little weird. Gnomes?  Hey, if its based on the bard, how bad can it be? I’ll go see it.

“Bringing the Bard Behind Bars in South Africa”

January 12th, 2011 by jacob

Art has the potential to create radical change in our world.  Art can alter the way we see the world around us.  Art is not just a pretty painting on the wall, or some nice words strung together, but it is an invitation to see the world in a different way.

Profiled in a piece on NPR (gosh I love NPR), one South Africa’s prisons is using Shakespeare to help rehabilitate its young inmates.   South Africa has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world, including a large number of youth.

…Hundreds of boys pass through Bonnytoun each year, for everything from home break-ins to drug abuse to murder. Most are at the facility for a few months, but some spend years following a routine of meals, classes and counseling. But a new creative arts program has attracted a lot of attention.

In its second year, a program by the Independent Theater Movement of South Africa brings Shakespeare to Bonnytoun. The three-week crash course in speech and acting ends with a staged performance inside the prison, two or three times a year…

…”A lot of them were timid, reticent, shy boys, but here they were given the impression to become something else, outside of themselves, and to find some kind of release. It made a difference to how they felt about themselves. That much was evident,” he says.

He says the production even caused his staff to see the boys differently.

“You can almost see the light go on when they see that same boy, in a totally different light, with a tunic on, pretending to be some kind of warrior, you know? And they say, maybe this boy can change,” Baker says…

Here’s the link to the NPR story, so you can listen for yourself.  There are all sorts of programs like this around the world, with many in the US.  If you know about a program like this or other programs bringing arts to kids, we’d love to hear from you!

Support the Plimoth Players

January 11th, 2011 by jacob

Do you love the Plimoth Players?  Do you want to make sure that high quality, professional theatre remains available and affordable the residents of the South Shore?  If so, please consider making a donation to Plimoth Plantation in any amount. We need to raise $40,000 to keep theatre alive at Plimoth.  Your donation is tax deductible, and will directly benefit theatre at Plimoth Plantation.

If you are interested in supporting the Plimoth Players, please contact:

Courtney Roy-Branigan

Associate Director of Development



A Mid-Winter Night’s Dream —A Weeklong Shakespeareance For Kids

January 11th, 2011 by jacob

February school vacation is just around the corner.  Come join Plimoth Plantation for a weeklong exploration of the immortal Bard’s play, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, except our’s will be set in winter! Children will spend the week exploring the world of theater onstage and off through interactive sessions. Sessions will include: acting, mime, history, costuming, and much more. Days will feature rehearsal time, theater games, and costuming and staging the play. This exciting and dramatic week culminates on Friday with a performance for family and museum guests at Plimoth Plantation. This is a must-do for all budding Bards!

This weeklong Shakespearean Adventure program is for children aged 9-13. Participants bring their own lunches and snacks. Program fee is $260 per child; $200 for Plimoth Plantation Museum Members. For more information or to register, call 508-746-1622 ext.8359 or email programservices@plimoth.org.

And we’re back!

January 11th, 2011 by jacob

Classy sweater, no?

Howdy all!

Hope you all had a smashing New Years and a happy Pan-Religious, non-sectarian Holiday season! I know I did.  It was filled with family, friends and only one overnight stay in an airport.

We are working on some really fun projects for the upcoming season.   So keep us bookmarked and check back often!

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