A Shakespeare Tag

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Greetings from the cave! 

TAGGY TUESDAY IS BACK!!!!

So I got this tag back in May 2020 (!!!) from the Maidens at Green Gables, and I got held up on one of the questions so it sat in my drafts folder for YEARS....

If you would like you can view their post HERE!

And now, let us begin! 

The Rules:
1. Answer truthfully, "Thou canst not then be false to any man." {creater just put that as a rule because she wanted to use the quote. hee hee!}
2. Tag at least three people and let them know that they've been tagged. "For he today who does this tag with me shall be my brother..."
3. Link back to the person who tagged you and post a link to your post in the comments, because I want to read your answers and "There never was yet philosopher who could endure the toothache patiently."



1. What was the first exposure you ever had to Shakespeare?

Middle school, in English class. Any person that goes through school without at least a mention of Shakespeare is living under a rock.


2. How many of Shakespeare's plays have you seen?

Complete plays? Ehhh, that's debatable.

I know that I've seen portions of Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, Hamlet, Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, Much Ado about Nothing, King Lear, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelth Night, Henry IV, Henry V, As You Like It and Richard II.

Am I a Shakespeare geek? Partially.

One of my absolutely favorite PBS shows is one called Shakespeare Uncovered. They go through a play each episode and pick it to pieces. They often show clips of various productions of that play, and since I've seen almost every single episode......

3. What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

It's a tie between Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet. The former because it's downright hilarious if done right, and the other because....romance gone wrong is just classic.


4. What is your favorite non-Shakespearean play? {musicals are permissible}

I don't know that many *plays* besides Shakespeare, but there is one that sticks out in my mind sheerly because of it's minimalist aesthetic.

Our Town by Thornton Wilder.

(I mean yes, I have musicals that rank higher than this, but seriously, we gotta get some more original answers around here).

5. What is an adaptation of one of Shakespeare's plays that you like? Why?

I've seen a couple but the most memorable one is Gnomeo and Juliet (I think you can tell which play it spoofed off of). I mean, beside the fact that it was chock full of Elton John stuff, it wasn't really all that...bad.

*shifts eyes*


6. Who is your favorite Shakespearean character?

Kate from Taming of the Shrew. I really really like her and her character arc so much. 


7. What is your favorite Shakespeare quote?

Ugh, too many! But I suppose I'll have to pick Juliet's Balcony Speech. 

 (*gosh I'm so disgusted with myself for such an unoriginal answer*)

8. If you were in a Shakespearean production which play would you want to be in and which character?

It would definitely be Taming of the Shrew, and I think I would love to play Kate. Allow my Celtic temper to fly without serious consequences? 

9. Have you read any of Shakespeare's sonnets, and if so, which is your favorite?

I remember reading snippets of them in school, but nothing pops out immediately. 

10. Have you ever written/tried to write a play?

Noooo.....wait, I lied! I forgot about the melodrama play that I wrote in high school. I should dig that out and publish it on here, I think y'all would find it hilarious. 

11. Cast one of the big five {Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Richard III, or Much Ado About Nothing} with modern actors from either the stage or the screen.{you only have to do main characters.}

*cringes*
YOU KNOW I HATE CASTING RIGHT?? 
seriously, I's terrible at this. 

I suppose I'll go with Romeo and Juliet. 

Lily James for Juliet. She would play a good Juliet. She did in Guersney Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, anyway. 

Richard Madden for Romeo. I really like his treatment of Prince Charming, so what would he do with Romeo? 
(Maybe these two would be too old, but eh? Maybe it will be a new take). 

Sir Alec Guinness as Friar Lawrence. be nice to see him as an actual monk, rather than a Jedi.  

Kevin Kline as Tybalt. He made a good pirate king, why not a Tybalt?

Mercutio...goodness, I am lost. I'm foisting it off on my casting director. It's been FAR too long for this tag to sit here. *foists it off on Prince Abram^, who was randomly walking by* 


^ Those who don't know who Prince Abram is, go check out my Wattpad story Shattered Chandelier! 

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So, I am curious...have you written a play? What was it about? If not, what play is your favorite (this can include radio plays, stage plays, etc.)? Tell me in the comments below! 


Scribbingly yours, 

Catherine

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  1. Wow, that is a lot of plays you've seen parts of! I've seen a handful, but not nearly as many as that, I don't think. Most of the plays I've seen have been through Shakespeare in the Park, which (before COVID) was one of my family's favorite things to do in the summer.

    I bet it would be fun to play Kate! I still remember Taming of the Shrew making a big impression on me when I was little, largely because of Kate's temper tantrums. XD

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  2. I really need to read or see Taming of the Shrew because I know almost nothing about it. I mean, I have seen a retelling, 10 Things I Hate About You, so I guess I can come up with basic ideas outside of that. But still!

    Shakespeare Uncovered sounds awesome! I need to check that out. *nods*

    You are right about how awesome Richard Madden and Lily James would be as Romeo and Juliet. *whispers* It ACTUALLY happened. They were in a stage production of it in 2016 with Kenneth Branagh directing and Patrick Doyle composing, so it was like a Cinderella reunion. I'm just so upset they didn't film it or decide to make it into a movie because it would have been AWESOME. Though it was not as perfect as having Alec Guinness as the friar like you said here...

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. When was Kevin Kline a pirate king?? I want to see that!

    Glad to see the return of taggy Tuesday! Now I have excuses to tag you...

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  3. I have this tag sitting in my drafts too! (So sorry, dear Maidens of Green Gables.) Great answers! I thought I was decently exposed to Shakespeare, but I really haven't read all that much of him. But what I have read, I guess I studied pretty well. I would love to read the melodrama you wrote in high school. hehe If I do ever complete this tag, I may have to post the short film my friends and I wrote for literature class after reading "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple." XP

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! Oh, then I shall have to share it then, and I would LOVE to see that short film of yours!

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