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Shakespeare with a Multimedia Twist | Oberon’s Orb

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Hello all. Francis is off this week so I will be taking over duties on Oberon’s Orb. This week we have holographic Shakespeare, Performing Shakespeare in E-Books and a new film premiere giving Shakespeare a comedic twist.

Romeo, Juliet, and The Holograms:

Romeo and Juliet-the greatest love story ever told is getting a new and I do mean a new twist. Romeo and Juliet is going to the holograms.  Spectacular Stage Inc. just released a trailer for the holographic production that looks very interesting. You can see it below:

In another twist this new experience is putting another twist to Shakespeare- making it a musical.  That’s right Shakespeare is becoming a musical. Romeo and Juliet: Eternal Love is the first production of its kind. According to Spectacular Stage, it is their intricate technology, under the guidance of Visual Producer Lucia Mastromarino, that allows Spectacular Stage’s creative composers Giuseppe and Riccardo Raffa to bring Shakespeare’s most popular play to life.  Seems like it will be a very interesting production.


Shakespeare gets an Upgraded E-Book

Wordplay Shakespeare- an enhanced e-book series has just launched.  Published by New Book Press this series offers the following for those that are looking for more than just reading Shakespeare’s plays. After all as the old adage goes: Plays were meant to be seen and heard not read.

The enhanced eBooks feature an array of interactive tools:

  • Full Modern Translation Available in One Tap
  • Scene by Scene Synopses
  • Pop-Up Character Descriptions
  • On-Page Annotations
  • Creation of Study Flashcards
  • Whole Play and Text Search Function
  • Built-In Dictionary
  • Social Media Sharing via Twitter, Facebook, Text Message and Email
  • Complete Control of Video Play

According to President and Founder of New Book Press Alexander Parker they have one goal:”We have one goal to present Shakespeare’s plays in a way that makes the best use of the new capabilities of tablets. The 17th century meets the 21st.” The New Book Press series has the following titles available for download: A Midsummer Night’s DreamMacbeth and Romeo & Juliet (currently in production and scheduled for a summer 2014 release) and retails on the iBookstore for $9.99 each. The eBooks are available for iPad and Mac computers, with plans to publish for other platforms in the near future.

Billy Shakespeare: A Comedy gets a Release Date:

Shakespeare with a Multimedia Twist  | Oberon's Orb shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare In this week's Oberon's Orb Steven takes a look at some new multimedia options to view Shakespeare.

Scene from Billy Shakespeare Rehearsal for Bedroom Farce Scene Courtesy Rich Beer)

Billy Shakespeare-a film written, directed and produced by Deborah Voorhees has finally come to full fruition. Three years in the making this film takes a look at the What If Shakespeare was a Hollywood Writer?  According to Voorhees, “Our modern bard is caught in a love triangle of confused sexuality, cross dressing, mistaken identity, and bedroom trysts. Does Shakespeare love his lusty best friend, Wilma Hartford, who’s also a drag queen, or his lovely longtime girlfriend Anne Hathaway? This battle to understand Shakespeare’s true heart is a comedic romp. All the while, Shakespeare peddles his screenplays in Hollywood. Renaissance and modern sensibilities clash when an all-male stage version of Macbeth and the misogynistic low-budget film ‘The Taming of the Shrew‘ open simultaneously.

Billy Shakespeare is now being entered into film festivals and, Voorhees was recently  invited to submit it to the National Council of Teachers of English film competition.

The movie will soon be available for purchase on Amazon at to be determined price.

The film will open locally  at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Sierra Cinema 721 Mechem Drive. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door and can be purchased at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce or at Sierra Cinema.


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Steven has been with The Shakespeare Standard since its inception in 2009. He has had an interest in Shakespeare since acting in A Midsummer Night's Dream in college. You can reach him directly at He currently works as an editor for Foolery with the column of MEMEnto Merry.

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