Some people, mostly English teachers I’m guessing, might act like they are about to have a heart attack if you would suggest burning – or for that matter rewriting – any of Shakespeare’s plays. For the sake of history and the literary cannon I guess I would agree. But for the sake of this game this is exactly what I’m going to ask you to do. Pick any of Shakespeare’s plays and let us know which one you would read (favorite), rewrite (something needs to be tweaked or changed), and burn (come on some of them are pretty messed up and/or boring). Whether it’s making Juliet live and end up with Benvolio or your secret hatred of Hamlet and his whiny ways I’m excited to see which plays you choose for which spots and why!
Here are my choices:
- Read: Much Ado About Nothing – this is my all time favorite. “I wish my horse had the speed of your tongue.” Enough said!
- Rewrite: The Taming of the Shrew – there are some funny lines in this one, but I think we can all agree it needs a feminist overhaul where Katherine gets revenge on all the men who tried to “tame” her.
- Burn: Coriolanus – I hated this one so much when I read it in my college Shakespeare course. I personally don’t think that many people would miss it if it mysteriously didn’t exist anymore.
Can’t wait to see what plays you choose!