Shakespeare Geek Facts

(Because we can't act footnotes.)

Kentucky Shakespeare 2017 Program Notes from Gregory Maupin, Dramaturg

Depending on your personal curiosities, here are a few profoundly nerdy things about these plays you might enjoy diving into. All ill-conceived opinions and gross overstatements are the responsibility of Gregory Maupin and do not reflect on the good sense of the entity that is Kentucky Shakespeare.

-Here’s one that applies to any of the plays, about a few handy words that come up all the time in Shakespeare:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/07/09/my-dearest-cuz-i-pray-you-school-yourself-macbeth-iv-ii/

JULIUS CAESAR

-A couple of things it might be handy to know going in, though not as many as you’d think:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/06/29/stand-close-awhile-for-here-comes-one-in-haste-julius-caesar-i-iii

-This one notes ways in which Julius Caesar is sort of, I swear, like Wicked:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/07/10/something-wicked-macbeth-iv-i

-On Gentle Portia and her – Ow! What IS that?!:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/06/29/a-voluntary-wound-here-in-the-thigh-julius-caesar-ii-i/

-A recent local article on Shakespeare, Caesar, politics, featuring some of the creative staff here at Kentucky Shakespeare:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/06/21/who-is-it-in-the-press-that-calls-on-me-julius-caesar-i-ii/

-Who is this Atë character Antony is going on about?:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/03/29/the-infernal-at-in-good-apparel-much-ado-about-nothing-ii-i/

-And a useless but entertaining soundtrack for Julius Caesar:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/06/30/the-strings-my-lord-are-false-julius-caesar-iv-iii/

 

RICHARD II

-Ya can’t tell the players without a scorecard – a quick family tree:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/06/15/he-is-our-cousin-cousin-richard-ii-i-iv/

-On Games of Kings, Thrones, Klingons and Orcs:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/05/03/o-if-you-raise-this-house-against-this-house-richard-ii-iv-i/

-On one of my favorite tricky lines in the show:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2016/10/27/ay-no-no-ay-richard-ii-iv-i/

-What’s with all these gauntlets anyway? – Product Placement in Elizabethan Drama (a dumb quickie joke post, but still):
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/01/24/pale-trembling-coward-there-i-throw-my-gage-richard-ii-i-i/

-Even Queens dread talking politics with strangers, or Why it’s good there was no medieval internet:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/03/08/woe-is-forerun-with-woe-richard-ii-iii-iv/

-And a useless but entertaining Wes Anderson soundtrack for Richard II:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/06/15/music-do-i-hear-richard-ii-v-v/

 

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

-Some thoughts on connections between our production of Much Ado About Nothing and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/05/29/i-yield-upon-great-persuasion-much-ado-about-nothing-v-iv/

-Just who is this "infernal Atè in good apparel" Benedick is going on about?:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/03/29/the-infernal-at-in-good-apparel-much-ado-about-nothing-ii-i/

-And what's with all the jokes about horns and cuckolds in this show?:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/04/07/like-an-old-cuckold-with-horns-on-his-head-much-ado-about-nothing-ii-i/

-"Lead apes in hell?" What is Beatrice even talking about? Is that an actual thing?:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/04/15/and-for-your-love-to-her-lead-apes-in-hell-taming-of-the-shrew-ii-i/

-A short Hero joke for which I apologize, but not a Hero short joke, which Shakespeare made enough of on his own:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/03/03/changes-much-ado-about-nothing-i-i/

-Much Ado and Macbeth have ALMOST nothing in common...:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/03/03/never-came-trouble-to-my-house-much-ado-about-nothing-i-i/

-A few moments of Meta that snuck into this year's shows:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/05/24/an-improbable-fiction-twelfth-night-iii-iv/

-And a useless but entertaining soundtrack for Much Ado About Nothing:
https://yellowstockingtales.com/2017/06/01/therefore-play-music-much-ado-about-nothing-v-iv/