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I am the Essence of a Man Spinning Double-Headed Coins

Donna has some good news. In addition to Hamlet, As You Like It and Love’s Labour’s Lost, Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach is doing one of my favourite plays–Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. It’s a wonderfully clever, witty, original play–many agree that it heralded the post-modern movement in the theatre.

From the Wikipedia entry:

The play is structured as the inverse of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Two minor characters in the original, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, are the leads in this play; they are on-stage here when they are off-stage in Shakespeare’s play, with the exception of a few short scenes taken directly from the original. They find themselves within the puzzling universe of the play, brought into existence as an act of the playwright’s creation.

Here are some quotes from the movie adaptation, which the playwright, Tom Stoppard, also wrote and directed.

2 Responses to “I am the Essence of a Man Spinning Double-Headed Coins”

  1. Sue

    So, shall we put together a couple of group outings to Bard? My days of having connections in the box office are long, long over but we can still get a group rate with 10, I think.

  2. Arwen

    Rozencrantz is also one of my favorite plays. I’m going for my birthday. They’re having a night with the play, a salmon BBQ, and fireworks – and it happens to sync up rather well for me.

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