Category Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida” – Ben Clark

To the “ever reader,” the “never writer” presents “a new play, never staled with the stage.” It is an unusual introduction to a highly unusual play, Troilus and Cressida. Published six years after it was originally registered, and then placed, uncatalogued and largely unpaginated, between the histories and tragedies in the 1622-23 Folio, Troilus and Cressida came ready-made […]

William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” – Kelsey Kolbe

Shakespeare is believed to have penned Macbeth between 1603 and 1607, during the early years of the reign of James I, the former king of Scotland. It is one of his most powerful, intriguing, and heart-wrenching plays, replete with murder, passion, sorcery, and madness. In his depiction of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare demonstrates the […]

William Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” – Ben Clark

A clear example of Freud in literature doesn’t necessarily equate to “a good time” for the readers (the characters themselves don’t need to be spoken for). Shakespeare’s Coriolanus is just that kind of tragic good time that may keep Freud and his disciples forever relevant. The play is much more beyond this Freudian reference, yet […]

William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” – Laura Kincaide

“To be or not to be,” that is the question you have undoubtedly heard and associate with one of William Shakespeare’s greatest works, Hamlet. This play contains so many memorable lines that it is continually referenced in and serves as the inspiration for films, books, and plays (try watching The Lion King with this in […]

Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – Sarah Smith

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is believed to have been written by Shakespeare between 1590 and 1596, when Shakespeare was around 30 years old. In the comedy, Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, are to be married, but Athenians Hermia and Helena are experiencing more difficulty in being with their loved ones. […]

William Shakespeare’s “King Richard the Second” – Alyssa Boutelle

Richard II is the first in a tetralogy of histories Shakespeare wrote around 1595 which depict the rise of the house of Lancaster to the British throne.  While the events of the play took place around 200 years before the production’s debut, Richard II’s story particularly resonated with English audiences (and infuriated Elizabeth I—more on […]

Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” – Lindsay Gardner

I had my first encounter with William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew as aseventh grader. I vaguely recall puppets, an overexcited student teacher and being forced to “act” with my classmates. Needless to say, it did not end well. As a thirteen-year-old reading the play in English class in Columbus, Ohio, I felt I […]