Trinity Rep/Brown MFA Presents: Pericles, Prince of Tyre

If your appetite for Shakespeare hasn’t yet been sated by Sock and Buskin’s Twelfth Night, worry not: the Trinity Rep/Brown MFA Class of 2015 production of the Bard’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre continues for one more night.


One of Shakespeare’s last plays, Pericles tells the tale of the titular prince, who flees from the bloodthirsty Antiochus of Antioch after discovering the King is sleeping with his daughter has a secret. Pericles flees to Tarsus, meeting King Cleon and Queen Dionyza, before being washed ashore at Pantapolis, where he wins the hand of the King’s daughter, Thaisa, in marriage. Their daughter, Marina, is born at sea as another storm kills Thaisa, who is thrown overboard and is carried to Ephesus. Pericles leaves Marina at Tarsus before returning home alone.

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Shakespeare’s First Folio is coming to Brown


Fans of Shakespeare on the Green, rejoice! According to the Washington Post, the Folger Shakespeare Library’s copy of the First Folio will be staying at Brown at some point next year. Its visit to Brown is part of a national tour meant to coincide with with the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, and yes, it already has a hashtag: #SHX400. It’s sure to be included in the nerdiest tweets ever known to the Internet.

The First Folio, “one of the most valuable printed books in the world,” will spend time in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C, and includes classic plays like Much Ado About NothingThe TempestHenry VRomeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet. 36 of The Bard’s plays are in its pages.

There’s no word yet on where exactly the First Folio will be housed during its time at Brown or when exactly in 2016 it will be on College Hill. A big display case in the middle of Faunce would be a great sell for prospective students, though its age makes the Hay seem like a logical fit. Besides, I could totally see Shakespeare being a Beyoncé fan.

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Sock and Buskin Presents: Twelfth Night


For most Brown students, Shakespeare existed only in high school English classes; while his importance as a founding father of modern drama and comedy are drilled into our brains, his texts often remain inert to the modern reader.

To those who haven’t seen high-quality Shakespeare productions, welcome to a whole new world. To those who have and love it, welcome to your dream.

Twelfth Night, directed by Jane Nichols, is a well-oiled machine. Despite running two and a half hours, the show doesn’t ever lag. The actors are like frenetic puppets, weaving on and off stage with timed precision. The set, too, is moving; the stage, initially all but bare upon entering the theater, changes subtly but effectively to denote change of setting.

Nichols, an esteemed professor of at the Yale School of Drama and currently a visiting artist at Brown, is an obvious professional and the true star of the show, despite never appearing on stage. Her blocking is as tight as can be, and her knowledge of the text is clear from the start. Unlike many student productions of Shakespeare, it’s clear the actors know the exact meaning of the lines they’re delivering. When the actors know the meaning of their words, it’s much easier for the audience to wade through Shakespeare’s, at times, opaque text–and the jokes certainly land with surer footing. The actors are just as comfortable in group scenes as they are expertly delivering soliloquies that sometimes border on… lengthy.

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What to do this week: October 20 – 26


Monday, October 20

Event: SPEC Presents: Brown’s Annual Fall Fest
Time: 8.00 – 10.00 p.m.
Location: Ruth Simmons Quad

The main thing you need to know: everything is free, a student’s favorite number. Free food (pie, cider, mac and cheese), free performances (yes, a cappella), and even a free tent.

Event: PW Presents: Song for a Future Generation
Time: 8.00 p.m.
Location: PW Downspace
Tonight is the last showing of Song for a Future Generation, directed by Grant Glovin ’16. Tickets are available an hour before the show at the PW box office. It’s a future-space-comedy good time.

Tuesday, October 21

Event: Consent Day Fair
Time: 4.00 – 6.00 p.m.
Location: Main Green

Who doesn’t love those ‘consexual sex is hot’ t-shirts? And they’re free. Make like California talk about how yes means oh, yes. Trivia, consent pledges and t-shirts galore.

Event: Heavy Petting
Time: 12.00 – 2.00 p.m.
Location: Wriston Quad

You know the drill. Cute animals, hugging, squeezing, Instagramming, and hopefully, hand sanitizing. (Am I the only one to have ever questioned the proximity to the Ratty?) But srsly, #cuteoverload!

Event: UCAAP Presents: Buddy Screening
Time: 8.30 – 10.00 p.m.
Location: Smitty-B 106

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Buddy Cianci, ex-con and ex-mayor, is running for mayor again! This 2008 documentary on the hero/anti-hero is a crowd fave. Go learn and be political, etc.

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What to do tonight: Family Weekend edition (1/2)

Family Weekend is always kind of a weird time on campus. If your parents are here, you’re probably trying to simultaneously prove you’re fine on your own, get them to buy you things, impress them with all the cool things you do on campus and hide half a semester’s worth of beer bottles. If they’re not here, you’re probably either feeling sorry for yourself or laughing at all the kids dragging their parents around the Green. Whether you need a way to entertain your parents or yourself without them, take advantage of the fact that practically every student group on campus is putting on a show of some sort this weekend.

Shakespeare on the Green’s “King Lear”
5:00 P.M.
The Quiet Green
Shakespeare on the Green is promising both sword fighting and hot chocolate for this performance, which happen to be two of my favorite things.
Should you take your parents? Are they Shakespeare fans? Are they willing to sit outside on the grass for two hours without complaining? If so, by all means take them. Otherwise, get your culture fix at 3C2C.

Talk the Tock… Walk the Wock
Salomon 101
8:00 P.M.
$5 for you, $8 for your parents
I just spent five minutes trying to decide if I pronounce “talk” and “tock” the same way, which is about four minutes and fifty-five seconds longer than it should be (although I’m willing to bet you just tried it yourself). The Jabberwocks and the Chattertocks both always deliver quality performances, and I still have the ‘Wocks’ version of “F*** You” stuck in my head, so by all means, hurry over!
Should you take your parents? Yes. A cappella concerts are (usually) fun, wholesome and culture-y: three things that your parents want to picture when they think of you at college. The illusion doesn’t hurt anyone, so why spoil it for them?

T.F. Green Hall
8:00 P.M.
“Three Chairs Two Cubes” is a festival of short plays and skits written / directed / acted in by students. Some are always better than others, but the balance usually evens out the positive side. This year’s 3C2C features Klondike Bars, gladiators and parent-teacher conferences.
Should you take your parents? If you don’t feel like braving the chilly New England weather for Shakespeare on the Green, 3C2C is a good way to stay inside and still show off the best of Brown’s creativity.

Sass, Shakespeare style

Ah, reading week. The insanity. The madness. The caffeine. The weird study tricks. The blending of academics and pop culture. Surely you all memorized “We Didn’t Start the Fire” for your American history exam. (No? Really?)

There are many a shortcut for English literature … She’s All That, as a stand in for Pygmalion; She’s the Man for Twelfth Night; 10 Things I Hate About You is modeled after Taming of the Shrew; Clueless epitomizes Emma; and the list goes on and on.

But for those of you struggling with that final Shakespeare paper, here’s a helpful modernization, fit just for the Brown student.

Out of Second City in Chicago comes Sassy Gay Friend. He tells Juliet like it is, that she’s 14 and an idiot.

He dishes it to Ophelia too, warning her about Hamlet’s ‘tude.

The lesson learned? Maybe the ladies of Brown are better off than Shakespeare’s girls. We got the best advice on our sides. Now go write your paper.