Thursday, October 28, 2010

Djanet Sears Interview

For those of you who asked, here's the link for the interview of Djanet Sears, the playwright of Harlem Duet.

"O" Othello ( it really is good :))

"O" is Hollywood's interpretation of Shakespeare's Othello, we have talked about this production a few times in class, and I tought I would try to find a version for you to watch.

If you follow the google videos you may open the other parts (part 2, 3, 4 , etc ) to watch the full movie.

This is just on Google Videos, thus I don't believe I should be infringing on copy-right-laws.

Enjoy, it really isn't bad, I quite love the movie.

Othello syndrome

Othello syndrome definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular medical terms defined on MedTerms
Othello syndrome: The delusion of infidelity of a spouse or partner. The Othello syndrome affects males and, less often, females. It is characterized by recurrent accusations of infidelity, searches for evidence, repeated interrogation of the partner, tests of their partner's fidelity, and sometime stalking. The syndrome may appear by itself or in the course of paranoid schizophrenia, alcoholism, or cocaine addiction. As in Othello, the play by Shakespeare, the syndrome can be highly dangerous and result in disruption of a marriage, homicide and suicide.
The Othello syndrome was named by the English psychiatrist John Todd (1914-1987) in a paper he published with K. Dewhurst entitled "The Othello Syndrome: a study in the psychopathology of sexual jealousy" (Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorder, 1955, 122: 367). Todd was also the first to name the Alice in Wonderland syndrome.
The Othello syndrome is also known as delusional jealousy, erotic jealousy syndrome, morbid jealousy, Othello psychosis, or sexual jealousy.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Amateur productions of "Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet"

Various groups have staged this play (which we won't be reading in class after all).  Here's a trailer for what looks like a fun production.  So you can see what you missed...

Monday, October 18, 2010

"To Bitch or Not To Bitch"

A while back I was sitting in a floor mates room and just scanning trough one of her magazines. I am not really a "magazine-type-of-a-girl", but I stumbled onto something very interesting and unexpected as I was flipping the pages.

In bold letters " To Bitch or Not to Bitch" -a.k.a. "To Be or Not to Be" - Hamlet.

I was very amused by having read this title, however as I read trough the article I found that it was not at all related to Hamlet, or Shakespeare , in any way possible. Nevertheless, I found it a very amusing and interesting title, and have been bothered to put it ever since, I just wasn't sure if the language in the title was appropriate.

I hope you all enjoy it, that toast does look scrumptious!


Fishburne and Branagh: "I am bound to you forever"

This 1995 film starred Laurence Fishburne as Othello and Kenneth Branagh as Iago; Oliver Parker directed. What do you think of Parker's interpretation of the key Othello-Iago scene (3.3.90-261)?

Sunday, October 17, 2010


As I began reading Othello, I was reminded that my mom grew up in a town called Othello (in eastern Washington). She grew up on Macbeth Avenue and there is also a Hamlet Street, Desdemona Drive, and Elsinore Street. I'm not really sure why the town has a tie to Shakespeare - it's just a small farming town.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Solomon Mikhoels plays King Lear

This is not the ending of Gordin's Jewish King Lear, obviously, but a Yiddish translation of Shakespeare's King Lear. This was one of the most famous plays of the Yiddish theatre in the Soviet Union. The clip is from 1935 (Yiddish theatre was permitted and even encouraged under Stalin). Mikhoels' performance influenced actors and directors even outside the Jewish community, in the mainstream Russian theatre.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Shakespearean Authorship

We haven't really discussed it in class, but there is a lot of speculation about the true authorship of all the plays traditional attributed to Shakespeare. I found this article and thought it was really interesting; it refutes many arguments against Shakespeare and also provides links to other sources and evidence that are helpful in defending Shakespeare's name. Whether or not you agree, it's pretty interesting to see the arguments for and against Shakespearean authorship.

Ran on YouTube

Hey everyone, you can find the whole video of Ran on YouTube at:
If this doesn't work, if you search for Ran Akira Kurosawa, it should be the first one that comes up. You need a YouTube account so that you can confirm that you are 18 or older, since it's rated R. It might be helpful if you can't make it to tonight's showing.

Hamlet, Baby Style

For an extremely adorable picture of a baby (and the Hamlet reference found in the title/caption), Click Here!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Hamlet in the Water

Found in the New England Aquarium. Its internal psychology has not yet been studied =)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Tempest movie

The trailer for a new adaptation of The Tempest, directed by Julie Taymor starring Helen Mirren, Russel Brand and many other stars has hit the web. It look interesting considering Helen Mirren seems to be playing Prospero and that Prospero is a female. Check out the trailer below: