A new course from The Carterhaugh School!
Once upon a time, a princess displeased her tyrannical father and was banished from their kingdom.
Once upon a time, a tiff between fairies spilled into the human world, catching up a bunch of unsuspecting mortals in their mischief and magic.
Once upon a time, three witches made a prophecy and threw Scotland into war.
Once upon a time, a man named William Shakespeare wrote dozens of plays that changed the world. He wasn’t a prince or an aristocrat of any kind - he was the son of a glover. And he read books and newspapers, listened to the stories of people he met, and distilled them into tales of shipwrecks, falling kingdoms, and romance.
We begin April 21st, 2023!
What is this exactly?
We’re just going to put our cards on the table. We love Shakespeare. We love it with the same intensity and starry eyes as we love fairy tales… because a lot of how Shakespeare works is very similar to fairy tales!
Sara grew up volunteering at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern to get free tickets to all the shows, and she was a member of the Atlanta Shakespeare Teen Ensemble which met at Oglethorpe University every Saturday morning at 9am. (If you know Sara and how much she loathes mornings with every fiber of her being, you will understand how insane this is.) She also formally studied Shakespeare at UPenn and Oxford, and the fact that she wrote her dissertation on folklore and fairy tales in 19th-century literature instead of in Shakespeare is literally just down to which professors she met and clicked with first.
Brittany fell in love with the language of Romeo and Juliet at a young age and never really got over it - especially not after she saw the dazzling neon spectacle that is Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet film! As a high-school girl who longed to be an actress, she studied countless performances, trying to figure out what it really was that brought Shakespeare’s words to life.
It makes us absolutely NUTS that Shakespeare is perceived as elitist and inaccessible, when, once upon a time, people knew it was beautiful, zany, sometimes slapdash, sometimes ethereal, and, most importantly, for them. Because it was informed by stories they knew, by their own folklore, performed or read in a way that could make it feel as familiar as Cinderella or Slenderman does to us now.