I became a Raving Shakespearean Nutcase sometime in 2009, and I haven't looked back since. I have read, watched or listened to 31 of Shakespeare's 38 plays. Someday I hope to be able to say I've acquainted myself with all of them... but at the moment, I can't bring myself to read Titus Andronicus or Timon of Athens.
This blog came about because I thought it would be good to start reviewing the plays I see. Since August 2009, I have been to 53 different Shakespeare productions, some many times (gotta love free Shakespeare in the Park!). After a while, some productions start to run together, and I wanted to keep a record of what worked and what didn't, what I learned from each production, the random ideas that come to me at intermission (imagine all the parts in the Tempest being played by Muppets!), the costume ideas, the performances that really stood out, etc.
In addition to all that, I wanted a spot where I could archive my own random bits of Shakespeare-related creativity and post the deep thoughts that the Bard has inspired in me lately.
If you want more on why I love Shakespeare and what he has taught me, check out my birthday post to the Bard and One Reason I Love Shakespeare. If, for some strange reason, you're at all interested in literature and Lit Criticism and my strange flights of fancy on that topic, read Robin Hood and the Forest.
So that's basically it. Nothing profound. No deep scholarship (yet). Nothing earth-shattering. Just the wild and whirling words of a Shakespeare Nerd.