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I organized a Shakespeare Group in the office. It’s going to be a year-long Shakespeare challenge, where all members will read one Shakespeare play per month.

By the end of each month, we will meet to discuss the selection and share our thoughts on the selected Shakespeare work.

Why are we doing this?

Simple lang: mahirap basahin si Shakespeare. Kung tutuusin, mas nanaisin pa nating basahin si Fydor Dosteovsky at Heman Melville, kaysa uriratin ang sinasabing nakakakilig na Romeo and Juliet.

But through the years, many a great critics and literatist have been saying how great this Bard is. His universal themes on love, revenge and hope lived through the ages, that even our literature teachers in High School and College made sure that we experience him, one way or the other.

So in pursuit of making sense in all of this, isa lang naman ang gusto kong masagot:

  • WHAT MAKES SHAKESPEARE GREAT?

Kaya naman naisip kong i-challenge ang sarili ko. Isinama ko na rin si Mother Domeng; and eventually, marami rin kaming nabola.

Note that we are doing this without pedanticism. Hindi kami nagpapa-bibo. Bibo na kami! (CHAROT) We only want to prove that we can read and enjoy Shakespeare and eventually encourage other folks to consider him in their reading lists.

As of this writing, tapos ko na ang unang selection: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Suprisingly, natuwa ako. Mabilis kong nabasa ang play at umulit pa ‘ko.

We moved the discussion to February 1, dahil may isa sa aming nag-request na i-move ang meeting. Nagkasakit kasi, habang nagbabasa.

Si Shakespeare ‘nga naman, oo.

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Still on Shakespeare, PETA opens HARING LEAR today. Translated from English (KING LEAR) to Filipino by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, and directed by Nonon Padilla – this is a story of a king (Teroy Guzman) whose rash judgment, firm faith in filial piety, violence and blindness caused so much destruction and finally his own undoing.

 

Haring Lear (PETA)
Haring Lear (photo courtesy of PETA TAPETS' Facebook)

From January 27 to March 4, 2012,  HARING LEAR will run every Fri (7:00PM) Sat-Sun (10:00 AM / 3:00PM)

Tickets Php350 (regular) and Php500 (VIP) each.

For reservations, contact (02)7256244, (02)4100821-22, 09175765400, or email petatheater@gmail.com.

Our Shakespeare group will not miss this one!

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Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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