This week in the world of Shakespearean foolery, we visit with actress Laura Benanti, Loki, and the Terminator.
Hasta La Vista, Bard
Back in 2011, Husky Jackal Theatre of Nashville had the insane/brilliant idea of retelling the classic sci-fi action movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day using only lines of dialogue cribbed from Shakespeare. The Shakespeare Standard’s own Caroline Gaddy reported on their kickstarter project to raise money for this theatrical enterprise. They started with a goal of $3,000, but managed to raise a little over $10,000 instead! The performance was well-received, and the additional funding allowed the company to create a DVD of the show, which is currently in post-production. Check out this amazing preview. This is definitely something I want to see.
Loki Loves You
If you watched Thor or The Avengers, you probably remember Tom Hiddleston. He played the very Shakespearean villain Loki to great aplomb, and is set to reprise the role in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World. In the meantime, however, he’s melting the hearts of fangirls everywhere by reading Shakespearean sonnets in his beautiful, dulcet, British voice for the upcoming Love Book App. Other actors are reading other famous works on love for the app, but they’re not Tom Hiddleston reading Shakespeare, so statistically fewer people care.
Laura Benanti Brushes Up Her Shakespeare…Kinda
Laura Benanti is a great actress with a beautiful voice, but a Shakespearean scholar she is not. Last week, our Steven Van Overbeke shared Benanti’s unique take on Macbeth, but her take on Richard III is, if possible, even more insightful.
Exit, Pursued By…
Ever wondered about that weirdest of stage directions in The Winter’s Tale? Yeah, you know the one I’m talking about. This week on The Shakespeare Standard’s own webcomic, William Shakespeare, WTF?, an actor dares to question Shakespeare himself, and the consequences are…hairy.
Until next time, keep on fooling!