Tuesday was Shakespeare’s “birthday”.
I put “birthday” in quotation marks because, much like most things Shakespeare, we don’t know precisely when the man was born. Early modern birthing and burial practices being what they were, we can hazard a guess. Since April 23 is as good a day as any, it pleases us to tell ourselves that this is the day upon which our Will was born and, as such, we should celebrate him on that day.
To celebrate, I was invited to speak on a panel by New Hampshire’s Seven Stages Shakespeare company. The panel was held in the most adorable little bookshop in Portsmouth (Riverrun books) and consisted of a wide array of experts: Hope Jordan, the first official slam poet master in New Hampshire; John-Michael Albert, Portsmouth’s outgoing poet laureate; myself; and a much more senior Shakespeare scholar, Dr. David Richman. Our conversation was focused on The…
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