Director’s Note

Lisa A. Tromovitch

The year 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on April 23rd, 1616. Celebrations of his legacy as the most produced and influential English-speaking playwright of all time are occurring all over the globe.  Livermore Shakespeare Festival celebrated him and his work with a production of Drunken Shakespeare at a microbrewery on April 23rd. We’ve adapted my original script for Pacific and its students.

Too many people have the false idea that Shakespeare is boring and impossible to understand. Practitioners are now training high school teachers how to introduce Shakespeare to students, aloud, on their feet, from the point-of-view of performance, as was the original intent. Introducing people to his comic characters, many of whom happen to be drunk, is, I hope, a great ice-breaker with the Bard.

Bawdy humor. One of Shakespeare’s talents was in being able to write plays that appealed to the literate and the illiterate, the prude and the saucy, young and old. And not much has changed: it’s still funny. If you think it’s a sex joke, it probably is. (Especially if the character is drunk.)

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