As the deadline loomed for the posting of this blog post, I became befuddled as to what I should write about. Unlike many of my fellow classmates, my major has little connection to politics or current events. While deciding upon a topic and feeling totally inadequate to grapple things like Syria and Obama, I decided to take a walk. I found myself in the early evening, as the sun was setting, watching a Shakespearean play. It was put on by the Grassroots Shakepeare Company. As described on their website: “Our plays are fast-paced, interactive, open-air events, appealing to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Our shows are not stuffy, self-important, or difficult to understand. They’re accessible, original, and fun!”
I came home from the play rejuvenated and uplifted. So how does this even relate to current events? I found an article called, “By Request, Becoming Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Even Juliet” by Stuart Miller. Will Barnet, a hopeful actor, began work as a street preformer by reciting lines from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. Barnet’s craft has evolved and has even landed him some odd jobs from modeling to teaching.
What I find interesting in this article, is that someone found a creative way of doing something that he enjoys. He makes it work. I love knowing that somebody has created a job out of reciting Shakespeare. Natural ability and talent are still out there. It goes to show that opportunities are less of a destination, and more about how you came to explore your own opportunities.
Also, life is so busy. So many things to do. Hence how do we make high culture last? How do we make it adaptable to our current lives? I admire people like Will Barnet and the Grassroots Shakespeare Company for turning high culture into something relatable. It is not typical of our needy need for meaningless entertainment. How to be? That’s the question.