Photo Friday- Romeo and Juliet… The Video Game?

Happy Friday everyone. This week was a rather difficult choice between an image from Romeo: Wherefore art Thou, the Romeo and Juliet Video Game, and a monkey dressed as Hamlet (yes a monkey I’m not kidding this time, thanks Google). The final verdict: an image from Romeo: Wherefore Art Thou. The cool thing about video games is that they provide an extremely accessible and fun outlet to pay tribute to a particular play and/or playwright. I first found out about the idea of video games as a means of paying tribute to a particular play through an accidental discovery of the <em “mso-bidi-font-style:=”” normal”=””>Waiting For Godot video game, based on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot where you…(you probably guessed it) wait.

A recent discovery: there are <strong “mso-bidi-font-weight:=”” normal”=””>Shakespeare video games all over the place, both online and in a computer game format. A popular video game tribute to the work of William Shakespeare: Veronaville in the Sims 2, a neighborhood in the Sims 2 virtual landscape filled with characters named after characters from Romeo And Juliet and Midsummer Nights Dream that look like and have relationships with each other identical to the characters they are named after.

The picture below comes from another Shakespeare tribute video game. This one’s called Romeo: Wherefore Art Thou. In Romeo: Wherefore Art Thou, you’re Romeo, and as Romeo you go on adventures, which include activities such as jumping across cliffs in order to find Juliet. From what I’ve heard based on reading about it online it has a style similar to the Mario party video games. An image from the Romeo: Wherefore Art Thou video game is below:



Throwback Thursday- Ethan Hawke’s Hamlet

Our production of Hamlet opens next week! As a sort of Throwback Thursday, I’m posting a clip from the movie adaptation of Hamlet from 2000. What do you think of Ethan Hawke’s portrayal of Hamlet?

To celebrate Shakespeare in Action’s 25th Anniversary, we are putting on a special gala performance on December 7 for our friends and alumni! To receive an invitation to this event, you have to make a minimum donation of $25 here. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Dundas West Fest – Saturday, June 8th!

- Inaugural Dundas West Fest - Saturday, June 8, 2013 11am - 10pm Dundas West, between Lansdowne Avenue & Roxton Road

– Inaugural Dundas West Fest –
Saturday, June 8, 2013
11am – 10pm
Dundas West, between Lansdowne Avenue & Roxton Road
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It’s all about community!

This Saturday, June 8th marks the inaugural Dundas West Fest – between Lansdowne Avenue & Roxton Road, from 11am to 1pm!  It’s…

…a car-free, participatory, community-inspired celebration of everything local!

There will be…

  • art & art-making
  • bartering
  • buskers
  • comedy
  • dance & dance lessons
  • food
  • kids’ zones
  • literature
  • live music
  • photography
  • shopping

Fun for the whole family – rain or shine!

This event is a collaboration between the Dundas West BIA and Little Portugal BIA, with support from Councillors Bailão (Ward 18) and Layton (Ward 19), and with support from many local organizations and residents.

For more information and a full event schedule, visit the website below!


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Featured Intern: Heather

I just moved to Toronto from Ireland two months ago, and I love almost everything about this city! (The cold being an exeption, of course!)

I studied Music Technology and English Literature in uni, and since then I’ve worked as a technical theatre assistant in Dublin. I also did an internship in a theatre in the U.S. last year, and I gained lots of experience as a sound operator and microphone technician.

Another fashion faux pas…

I’ve always loved music, reading and theatre. I was born in London, England, but I grew up in a very small town in Ireland, so I didn’t have many chances to see live gigs or plays. That’s why I’m really excited to be part of Shakespeare in Action and see how they bring great productions to high school students in Toronto!