Monkeys are smart. Though they haven't created cars or trains or weapon, they are educated through simplicity. They flourish on what they have, and if something doesn't work, they don't give up, but they evolve to overcome it. Like monkeys, Shakespeare had no thesaurus, no dictionary, no laptop and no editor. But when he came to a spot where he was at loss for words, he made up his own words. Through practice, perseverance and certainly trial and error, he created works that will last forever.

I am a 13 year old kid who is trying to read and attend live performances of all 37 Shakespeare plays (plus 3 possible collaborations) in 2 years. This is a record of my experiences.

I am now a 19 year old college freshmen at Northwestern University, pursuing a degree in Theatre. The spark of love for Shakespeare that began this blog has grown into a roaring fire. That fire burns a little bit brighter each day. This is where it all began.


Saturday, February 13, 2010


I have seen five live performances of Shakespeare's plays so far; Hamlet, Macbeth, Much Ado about Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost and As You Like It. I will soon see Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Henry IV and Richard II. By the end of 2013 I plan to have seen every Shakespeare play with my Dad. It may be a long shot but it is quite possible, and even if we can't do it in three years we will eventually get it done. The works of Kenneth Branagh have really gotten me into Shakespeare. His direction is genius, and in As You Like It and Hamlet especially he really combines old fashion Shakespeare with modern day action movies. Branagh is great for introducing kids of any age to the works of Shakespeare. 

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