Why should anyone be interested in an author who lived over 400 years ago? Believe it or not, the works of Shakespeare continue to shape literature (such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) and film (such as The Lion King), even today.
Stop by the library to borrow titles featured in the library’s Shakespeare display, and be sure to check out the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s live production of Romeo and Juliet at 11:00AM on Thursday, April 27 in the PSC auditorium! Tickets are $5 for students and are available in the Business Office.
And if you’re just looking for some fresh insults inspired by Shakespeare, you can find those online.
I enjoy reading books and plays that present a new take on classic fiction. For example, Wicked by Gregory Maguire and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith. My first exposure to this genre was Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet that, like most characters in the play, come to an untimely end. The play centers around the playful banter of these two as tragedy unfolds around them. Though it contains some lines from Hamlet, it is largely an original, and hilarious, piece.
While this piece can be enjoyed without any knowledge of Hamlet, I highly recommended reading or watching a performance of Hamlet first to enhance the experience.