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30 Days of Bill

Day #1: Your Favorite Play - King Lear

Day #2: Your favorite character

I've been batting this one around in my head all day. There are a number I love and that I would love to play, but I have to go with my sentimental choice: Edmund in King Lear.

It's not just because of the scrumptious actor who introduced me to the part. I've seen several productions since then and Edmund is always the stand out for me. When I had to write papers on Shakespearian plays, I usually found a way to get Edmund in there. I love the fact he is so smart and so charismatic the audience follows him right along until he begins to show that is, in fact, a bastard by birth and nature.

My senior year of high school, we each had a favorite book and being able to use it to answer AP essay questions was kind of like hitting a home run. Tiia's was The Jungle. Mine was King Lear, or course.

The morning of the test our English teacher was more nervous than we were, I think. He spent the entire time pacing up and down the hall outside the room. As each of us came out he asked only one question - "What did you write your wild card essay about?" I don't remember the essay question, but I do remember that I was able to write about the relationship between Edmund and his legitimate brother, Edgar. In fact, we all got to use our go-to book for the final question and our teacher actually jumped up and pumped his fist in the air just like in the movies when he found that out.

I learned Edmund's "Stand up for bastards!" speech for auditions but I was never brave enough to bust it out. Years ago I went to audition for a Shakespeare play at the University even though I wasn't a student. kornopolous agreed to come with me for moral support and then, about halfway through the bus rides there, decided he wanted to audition too. I taught him Edmund's speech from memory for the rest of the ride until a rather inebriated rider started to yell at kornopolous about being nice to girls. He thought we were arguing.

That is my ramble for the day.

Day #3: Your favorite hero
Day #4: Your favorite heroine
Day #5: Your favorite villain
Day #6: Your favorite villainess
Day #7: Your favorite clown
Day #8: Your favorite comedy
Day #9: Your favorite tragedy
Day #10: Your favorite history
Day #11: Your least favorite play
Day #12: Your favorite scene
Day #13: Your favorite romantic scene
Day #14: Your favorite fight scene
Day #15: The first play you read
Day #16: Your first play you saw
Day #17: Your favorite speech
Day #18: Your favorite dialogue
Day #19: Your favorite movie version of a play
Day #20: Your favorite movie adaptation of a play
Day #21: An overrated play
Day #22: An underrated play
Day #23: A role you've never played but would love to play
Day #24: An actor or actress you would love to see in a particular role
Day #25: Sooner or later, everyone has to choose: Hal or Falstaff?
Day #26: Your favorite couple
Day #27: Your favorite couplet
Day #28: Your favorite joke
Day #29: Your favorite sonnet
Day #30: Your favorite single line


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Apr. 25th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
That's a great story. I love the image of your teacher pumping his fist in the air and your friend getting yelled at by the drunk on the bus while you were teaching him Edmund's speech.

Very colorful!
Apr. 25th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
lol, I just fold a copy of that on DVD yesterday on ebid!
Apr. 25th, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
I have to admit I don't know much about Shakespeare and I kinda like to read about this and learn more.
Apr. 25th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
I really need to read King Lear again. I don't remember it being as awesome as you make it sound.
Apr. 26th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
I don't know that play well enough.

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