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30 Days of Bill

Day #1: Your Favorite Play - King Lear
Day #2: Your favorite character - Edmund
Day #3: Your Favorite Hero - Orlando
Day #4: Your Favorite Heroine - Rosalind
Day #5: Your favorite villain

Day #6: Your favorite villainess

I'm tired and not feeling that great tonight, so this will be a short one. I have always had a fondness for Tamora the Goth in Titus Andronicus.

Three or Four seasons into our yearly pilgrimage to The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, my Edmund and My Orland were actually in a play together - Titus Andronicus. This is Shakespeare's slasher movie. Mom and I kept track, and I think 36 people die if you count the sons Tamora and Titus lost in the prologue.

The actress who played Tamora was picture-perfect for the role. She was drop-dead gorgeous in a cruel, you-can-just-tell-she's-a-bitch way. You could believe she was the ones who suggested her sons (My Edmund and My Orlando) rape Titus' daughter as revenge for what was done to their family. Plus, the actress was reportedly sleeping with My Edmund, so you can imagine what that chemistry was like ._0

When I was a senior in High School, my mom was mortified when she went through the trouble of tracking down a scholarship awarded for the best essay on a Shakespearean play and, instead of writing a well thought out Edmund essay, I went the creative route and based the paper around an informal poll of my classmates. I read the description of what had happened to Tamora's children and asked if they would have reacted the same way she did. Not even an honorable mention.



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

Comments

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harrietbrown
Apr. 29th, 2011 05:21 am (UTC)
That sounds like a great report, I would've given you an A! Pretty original approach. Mozart did an opera based on "Titus Andronicus" which I played while I was touring with the NY Youth Symphony Orchestra back in the day ... for the life of me I can't remember the title, but I remember all the teenage boys were enamored of the heaving bosom of the teenage female lead singer. She had a beautiful voice, but the heaving bosom is what she was famous for.

Gonna look for that title.
harrietbrown
Apr. 29th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
Probably more than you wanted to know. It wasn't based on "Titus Andronicus" but rather fragments from Suetonius's "Lives of the Caesars."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_clemenza_di_Tito
ghost_light
Apr. 29th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
Cool! Thank you for this!
impetusofadream
May. 1st, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
*grin* I think your essay sounds fantabulous! Waht is it about originality that people are always telling us: BE ORIGINAL! and then we do it and get "punished" so to speak.
toadflax234
May. 3rd, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
I don't know that play at all.
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