It’s been almost 400 years since William Shakespeare died, and fifty-two or so more since he was born. This one playwright has had the most impact on culture. His play are constantly staged and pop culture is littered with references to or cleverly adapted from his works. Then there is just all the phrases and words that Shakespeare coined. Not to mention those wonderful graphic novels like Kill Shakespeare and William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. There are many TED(x, ed) talks about Shakespeare and how he relates to the modern world. If you have some time this weekend perhaps take some time and watch one of his play in any form, or if you are in the DC area the newest play by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) is at the Folger Shakespeare Library.


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