Shakespeare visits Open Door

01 May, 2014

On April 29 the gang at Open Door was once again wooed—and wowed—by Tony’s melodic voice in celebration of the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564. Tony dressed up in costume and led us through such famous speeches such as “To be or not to be, that is the question,” and “The quality of mercy is not strained.” The evening brought to life this Elizabethan master’s concern with contemporary issues such as power, responsibility, justice and compassion. Shakespeare was an actor and theatrical entrepreneur whose understanding of the human condition cut through all social classes and across the ages. Tony’s lovely diction has already introduced to Open Door the English literary masters Dickens and Kipling, and he easily rose to the challenge of reading the words of Shakespeare. Let’s hear more of the English greats at future Open Doors!

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  1. Bob
    May 01, 2014


  2. Bob
    May 01, 2014

    Would have enjoyed that.

    Did you know there’s an Easter egg in the 1611 version of the King Jame’s Bible. Shakespeare was 46 when it was published. He hid, in my opinion, the Easter egg in the 46th Psalm, to commemorate his birthday. The 46th word down is “shake,: and the 46th word up from the bottom is “spear.” Make what you will of it.

    But the 10th verse got me thinking of the “Nunnery Scene” in Hamlet where Shakespeare coined his famous, “to be, or not to be.” “Be still and…”

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