Friday, April 22, 2011

Walk like an Egyptian


...or if thou wouldst rather not then forsooth, my dearest coz, talk like Shakespeare.

Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed Saturday, April 23 Talk Like Shakespeare Day in the State of Illinois, "a day on which all citizens are encouraged to express their inner thespian, incorporating Shakespeare lines into everyday conversation." Beyond Illinois, it's intended as a worldwide phenomenon.

The annual celebration of our greatest playwright was started in 2009 by the regional Tony Award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; their press release is here.

If you need to brush up on your Bard, the theater's offers a handy "How to Talk Like Shakespeare" guide and suggests Elizabethan insults to use on your enemies. Prithee, go thou and check it out, cousin.

There's also a rich repository of video including Brian Williams' NBC News report on Talk Like Shakespeare Day, the Beatles clowning their way through A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare on "Sesame Street," and this entertaining clip of the Improvised Shakespeare Company bringing their fair art to the masses on Chicago's Navy Pier:


Ric said...

Could I not forbear the gullious forbearance of a fool, verily wouldst thou prehend all measure of callous dubiety at the tip of my grampion! Hie! Hie!

Elaine said...

During our visit, our daughter came out with, "Thou varlet!" and I was so delighted to tell her that in fact is was 'Talk Like Shakespeare Day.' We honored the Bard by suggesting that a murrain seize our daughter forthwith. She's such a nag!