Did you have some cake on Wednesday? I did!
For our first foray to a play in our new hometown, I got tickets for my husband and me to the inaugural season of the new Shakespeare Rep, presenting Macbeth in partnership with the USC-Beaufort Center for the Arts. Wednesday's performance honored the 450th birthday of the Beloved Bard, complete with cake and bubbly.
The production included some very talented and seasoned theater and Shakespeare veterans as well as newcomers to the stage.
It was lively and original, with images sometimes projected on the large wall behind the stage, and costumes more modern than period. (Army fatigues, black scrubs for Lady Macbeth's nurse, that kind of thing.) All in all, we enjoyed it and enjoyed an evening out.
I was going to post some "Toil and Trouble" - so deliciously dark - but that hardly seems to go with the end of April and the fullness of spring.
Instead, I offer up a sonnet:
From you have I been absent in the spring... (Sonnet 98)
by William Shakespeare
From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
Could make me any summer's story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
Nor did I wonder at the lily's white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.
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Our Poetry Friday Roundup for this last Friday of National Poetry Month is hosted by the ever-clever Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference. Be sure to wander through her Imaginary Places series while you're there!