Here is Kent, giving Oswald one of the all-time epic verbal smack downs. “What dost thou know me for?” Kent lays in:
A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a
base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited,
hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a
lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson,
glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue;
one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a
bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but
the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar,
and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I
will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest
the least syllable of thy addition.
Regan and Cornwall wait to hear what their share of the kingdom will be. It actually goes better than they expected! (for a bit, anyway…things get rough later on)
The play opens on Kent and Gloucester discussing the upcoming division of the kingdom. Gloucester describes this using the word “moiety”, which means “ one of the portions into which something is divided”, according to Merriam Webster. See? We’re learning already!
Lear draws up the division of their planet, just prior to going right up out of his mind.
Production on King Lear is underway! Check out the King on his throne, below. Such regal confidence! What could possibly go wrong?
So, over the past few weeks I put together a flash game, just for the kicks. I didn’t want to set up a whole new site or anything, so I figured I’d toss it up here (even though it is really not Shakespeare/robot-related). Click on the image below to check it out.
From our sister site The Daily Rawr, here is Captain America on a red white and blue speeder bike. Says it all, folks!
It’s summertime, and we at the Company are taking it nice and easy. In the spirit of that, check out Bro Jackson’s breakdown of the best drinking partners in Shakespeare. Read the whole thing here. Personal favorite:
Prospero: Prospero is the well-dressed guy at the bar who isn’t saying much but is full of knowledge and experience. He’d star in a Dos Equis commercial if he didn’t hate self-promotion. This is a guy who had survived a shipwreck and dabbled in the dark arts. He’s the kind of guy who will impart the secret of life, but the ten Dark and Stormy cocktails probably won’t let you remember what this bit of beautiful knowledge was.
There’s a great review up on Shakespeareances about the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s Antony and Cleopatra:
A particularly riveting scene is Act Two, Scene Two, when Antony (Matt Radford Davies) and Octavius (Patrick Kilpatrick) finally meet in a summit in Rome presided over by the third triumvir Lepidus (Dave Tabish). Their meeting starts tersely with Caesar’s “Welcome to Rome”; “Thank you;” “Sit”; “Sit, sir”; “Nay then”—and the two take their seats, monitoring whose butt makes first contact with his seat’s cushion. Kilpatrick’s demeanor as Octavius is stiffly intense; Davies’ Antony coils in a cautionary aspect. Octavius presses his complaints, most of which are the kind of unfactual spin we hear between Republicans and Democrats all the time. Antony casually dismisses the lesser of these and, on the more serious accusation of treason, offers a tempered apology not for breaking his oath but for neglecting it. This leads to Octavius’ officer Agrippa proposing the marriage of Antony to Octavius’ sister, Octavia. The manner of Kilpatrick’s speaking Octavius’s line “Yet if I knew what hoop should hold us staunch, from edge to edge o’th’world I would pursue it” suggests he is giving Agrippa his cue to propose the marriage. As Agrippa lays out the proposal, Kilpatrick’s Octavius stares steadfastly at Antony, closely monitoring every millimeter of movement in the face of Cleopatra’s self-professed lover. It’s a study Octavius doesn’t relinquish even after Antony agrees to the marriage—even in their later scene together after the wedding has concluded.
Read the whole article here.
This is outstanding. Sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter made this. It’s at Henson’s alma mater University of Maryland. They have a garden dedicated to Henson, and this statue sits there. Good on U of M Classes of ’94, ’98, and ’99 for making it happen.