Wednesday, March 18, 2015

King Edward decides who should be Lord Protector after his death

Edward secretly wants Richard to destroy everything. He's glad that Richard is a sadistic killer. The people will finally get what they deserve. Why did anyone ever accept him as king in the first place? He's not half the man his father was and he knows it. What kind of world is this? Any fool with a big enough army can become king. Anyone who's willing to betray enough people can become king. Those idiots won't stand up for any kind of principle except for might makes right. His father was so ambitious. He really believed he should be king. He was able to get people to follow him. He held them in line through his own power and his own charisma. 

But what have I done? Nothing. Just killed. Just fought. No achievements to leave behind me. Just a fractured land that will fall apart. Left in the hands a little child who will never be able to weather the coming storm. Maybe Richard can hold it together. People fear him. People listen to him. But they don't trust him. I don't trust him. But he's a killer. He understands power. He will beat them into submission. And he can't live forever. Also, he'll never have children. He'll give my little prince just enough time to learn something of the world. Time to grow into his power. If he gets the chance. But what chance does he have if someone else becomes lord protector? No. It has to be Richard. Of course it's dangerous. But every choice is dangerous. 

Listen to me. Still trying to hold onto power even though I'm slipping into the grave. God knows what I am. God knows. God knows what I've done. And all for power. Sickening power. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Shakespeare explorations coming soon

Soon, the Shakespeare channel will have a variety of discussions and interviews about how to interpret, perform and enjoy the works of William Shakespeare.

Friday, July 15, 2011


In the 19th Century, the American actor Edwin Booth appeared in various productions of Shakespeare where some of the actors spoke English and some spoke another language. The most famous of these productions was an Othello in Boston where Booth and the rest of the cast spoke English (Booth played Iago) and the Italian actor Tomasso Salvini played Othello in Italian. 

Following the success of this production, Booth wondered if he might play in English with a cast in another language and so he went to Germany where he performed in Hamlet. This production was also a success. 

I have always wondered if this concept wouldn't be very interesting in the modern world. In the Hamlet that I have recently conceived, I have thought about places where foreign languages might be used by some of the actors. Even the actors speaking English might use snippets of other languages.

The main advantage of this approach is that it would create something that people had never seen before. Hearing a foreign language spoken amidst the English would make the work new in some ways.

Such an approach might also make some scenes surprising again and give them freshness. During some auditions for the role of Ophelia that I held a few years ago, I had Hamlet speak English but Ophelias spoke in various languages including English, French, German and Japanese. For me, the results were very interesting and entertaining. 

When I finally get this movie version of Hamlet off the ground, I intend to intersperse several other languages into the English and just let things happen as they may.