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Monday, July 13, 2009

Heavy-Metal Hamlet & Other Dramas

Posted by on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Portland's Metal Shakespeare Company are playing the Blue Moon Tavern Fri. July 17. They metallicize scenes from plays by the renowned British author (1564-1616), and then act them out in song. As concepts go, this allows for some pretty highbrow headbanging.

The Metal Shakespeare Co.'s shtick, in a nutshell:

Really, power metal and Shakespeare are pretty similar when you think about it. They're both bombastic and concerned with honor and glory. They're both simultaneously manly and a bit fruity. But it wasn't until 2006 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, that a group of bookworms who could shred decided to combine the most epic style of music known to man with the greatest works of the English language by literally adopting the bard's texts as metal lyrics.

A Metal Shakespeare Company show is about 70% metal and 30% theater. In addition to guitar harmonies, there are duels. With swords. Audience participation has included public readings of the bard and public executions.


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Holy fucking awesome. How has nobody commented on this yet?
Posted by Lindsay M-S on July 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM · Report this

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