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“…let’s kill all the lawyers!”
For the past twelve years, the Boston-based law firm McCarter & English has presented their event, “Shakespeare and the Law.” The event brings together disparate voices to discuss current legal events through the lens of Shakespeare’s works. Boston Globe correspondent Christopher Shea interviewed Daniel Kelly, partner at McCarter & English and co-ordinator of this incredible event. The Globe brings you the story here.
“And at that time bequeathe you my diseases.”
The line above was that past spoke by Pandarus, that lovable lech, in Troilus and Cressida. With all the jokes in his plays about sex and the rumors of the Bard’s Bardcore personality, it is no surprise that some are surmising he had syphilis. Dr. John J. Ross has written a study on how diseases may have effected our most beloved writers, “Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough: The Medical Lives of Famous Writers.” Jeffrey Brown and Jason Kane of PBS.org’s Art Beat have the story.
“Shall we their fond pageant see?”
Julie Taymor returns to the stage this fall, directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the inaugural of Theater for a New Audience’s new Brooklyn space. Luckily for her cast, Midsummer presents few opportunities for gouts of blood or dangerous stunts. Variety.com has the story.
Store it on your DNA Drive.
Shakespeare’s sonnets have been encoded into DNA. This is not a joke. Scientists recorded Shakespeare’s sonnets, as well as some of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and a photograph into Deoxyribonucleic acid. For the sake of ensuring calm, this was synthetic DNA, and no one is suggesting human genetics as storage devices. PopularMechanics.com has the story.
Today in Early Modern Theatre –
Henslowe records a receipt of forty shillings at the playing of “titus & ondronicus” on this day in 1593.