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The Crew of the U.S.S. Shakespeare


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

I’m a huge Star Trek nerd, and, as I am in the midst of a long-running TNG/DS9/VOY rewatch project, it seemed only natural to figure out which Shakespearean characters would make the ideal Federation starship crew. Here are my (totally non-definitive) picks …

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Mya Lixian Gosling: The Crew of the U.S.S. Shakespeare


Malvolio’s Revolve


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

The joy of Shakespeare is that even if you see the same play dozens of times, each production is its own, unique experience.

Having said that… there are certain bits of stage business that often crop up in numerous productions. One of my favorites is Malvolio’s revolve. …

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Mya Lixian Gosling: Malvolio's Revolve

Adam Mann: Not His Real Name


(Freethought Today) – Daniel C. Dennett:

Confidential confessions of disbelief by practicing clergy are gripping revelations of what it is like to be caught in a web of evasion.

When my wife Susan read the final draft of Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind, the book Linda LaScola and I wrote about the confidential interviews Linda had conducted with nearly 30 nonbelieving clergy, her immediate reaction was that this would make a stirring play. She was right. Linda and I joined forces with New York City playwright Marin Gazzaniga, who, supported by a grant from the Richard Dawkins Foundation, combed through the thousands of pages of transcripts and assembled a play drawn directly from their interviews.

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Adam Mann: Not His Real Name

Ophelia’s Grave Relations Raccoons


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

On Tuesday we looked at one of my favorite outdoor Shakespeare performance anecdotes, Squirrel Butt Romeo. Actor and fight director Geoffrey Kent has so far been the closest to unseating Squirrel Butt Romeo, with this spectacular trainwreck …

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Mya Lixian Gosling: Ophelia's Grave Relations Raccoons

Squirrel Butt Romeo


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

I love Shakespeare performance anecdotes, so I was delighted when a recent Twitter conversation about outdoor Shakespeare productions started to generate a “best of” list of natural calamities. …

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Mya Lixian Gosling: Squirrel Butt Romeo

Pirate Ex Machina


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Have you ever written yourself into a corner and found yourself trapped in a plot complication that seems impossible to untangle? Consider doing what Shakespeare often did in such situations: introduce convenient pirates! …

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Mya Lixian Gosling: Pirate Ex Machina

The Massacre at Paris


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

It’s the 426th anniversary of Christopher Marlowe getting stabbed rather fatally in the face in a tavern in Deptford, aged 29. He wrote seven plays, possibly collaborated on more, and heavily influenced Shakespeare. Let’s pour one out for Kit as we take a look at The Massacre at Paris. …

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Mya Lixian Gosling: The Massacre at Paris

Edward II


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

I’m a sucker for history plays, and Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II is basically the prequel to Edward III, and, by extension, all the rest of Shakespeare’s histories. …

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Mya Lixian Gosling: Edward II (in 3 Panels)

Dr. Faustus


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Marlowe May rolls on, with what is probably the most famous line ever penned by Christopher Marlowe. …

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Mya Lixian Gosling: Dr. Faustus (in 3 Panels)

The Jew of Malta


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Everyone is familiar with Shakespeare’s Problematic Potentially Anti-Semitic Jewish Play, right? But did you know it’s a comparatively warm and fuzzy affair compared to Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta, written around six years earlier? …

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Mya Lixian Gosling: The Jew of Malta (in 3 Panels)