It's Literary Detective Time

So, my little chickens, you must know a lot more about Shakespeare and Lyric Arts that I do, cause I didn't get any questions this week.  Lucky for me, I did have some questions pop up in different venues.

Huh, Pastoral was a Renaissance movement?

Last week, Joanna, the Production Manager at Lyric Arts, and I were talking about As You Like It, and the word pastoral came up.  Now, we both knew the definition of pastoral, but how does that work with Shakespeare?

Well, I put on my literary detective hat and set out to find out what this was all about.  My first hint came from Laura, the Managing Director.  Second stop, the Googles.  Huh, look at this if you google pastoral and Shakespeare, a majority of the results center around As You Like It.  Hrm, am I missing something here?

Digging deeper, I found that there's a whole genre of pastoral literature during the Renaissance Era, but of course, Shakespeare's the most famous.  See, it turns out a lot of people were moving to the city and there was a move to idealize country life.  Now look here, if you're like me, this whole idea sounds like something that would have happened during the Industrial Revolution, at the earliest.  I mean, really, it's hard to imagine people living in a city bemoaning the loss of a simple country life during Shakespeare's time, but there it is.  How does As You Like It fit into this?  Well, the majority of the play takes place in the Forest of Arden and features love and magic.  I'd love to tell you more, but really now, if you're unfamiliar with the play, perhaps you should just plan on joining me at a production.  I'd hate to give it all away.

Who are you, really?

So maybe it's a bit weird of me, but in my life on the internets, I tend to disguise who I am to some extent.  But here I am trying to convince you that I'm just like you, so I guess it's time to break that little habit.  If I'm going to try to make Shakespeare accessible, perhaps I should've started with myself.  Frequent readers may notice a change to that picture up there on the right.  Yup, there I am in all my shameless glory (if you haven't guessed by now, I'm a bit of a ham).

So, you want to know more about me, huh?  Well, I'm just your average girl living in Anoka.  I'm passionate about nonprofits, and so last summer I called up Lyric Arts to see how I could help out.  I know it makes me a bit of an odd duck, but I really enjoy doing all the little tasks associated with marketing, and wanted to see if I could put this enthusiasm to use in a theater setting.  Well, like any nonprofit, Lyric Arts can always use volunteers, and so here we are.

And despite my love of writing, when Joanna asked me about Shakespeare, I have to admit I wasn't so interested.  In my first post, I used the phrase "Le sigh"  And it was really like that.  Look, you already know that I'm excited about the things that Lyric Arts is doing, but I never imagined I'd be excited by Shakespeare.  Hopefully, some of you are beginning to change your minds too.

Think you want to get in on this?  Don't forget that Lyric Arts is setting up a Virtual Street Team.  Point your mouse on over to Get Involved to find out more.  And if you didn't get enough background about me and what we're doing, head on over to Jessica's Shakespearience.

We've got a few weeks left to go here, and I need your help.  Drop those questions on down in the comment box, and I'll do my best to entertain you with  irreverent answers.