Dining With Characters, Part 2 — Revisited

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For the next installment of this series, I wanted to focus on a few characters out of Shakespeare with whom I would like to spend a couple of hours eating, drinking, and talking. I have loved Shakespeare’s plays and poetry for much of my life. I have acted in and directed some of his work, and I have studied and taught his writing both at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and in the Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, so I would be thrilled to be able to speak to some of his characters.

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I would have Hamlet, Henry V, and Macbeth as my guests. I imagine we would meet in an English tavern and have a basic meal and beer.  I hope that my royal attendees would not mind not having a grand meal; I am reasonably sure that Henry V and Hamlet spent a fair amount of time in such modest places before their respective plays begin, and as a Scot and a warrior, Macbeth probably was used to basic accommodations while in the field.

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I would ask them about their views of leadership and the responsibilities of a leader and about their portrayals in the plays.  Henry V and Macbeth are both based on historical persons, while Hamlet is perhaps based on a real person–that is a debate for another day, so I wonder what they might have to say.

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I think this would be a lively and deeply fascinating discussion.

With whom from the world of drama, not necessarily Shakespeare, would you choose to invite to dine and speak?

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36 thoughts on “Dining With Characters, Part 2 — Revisited

  1. Those are great choices, though a bit heavy for me. I’d choose Titania, Miranda and Othello, and only because i can imagine the variety of food I’d cook for them. Titania would eat dew and rose petals, Miranda would likely want some kind of shellfish, and Othello would probably enjoy a nice lamb and tomato dish or Venetian risotto.

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  2. Given how taken I was with The Glass Menagerie in high school, I would want to invite Laura to my home for a quiet meal, just the two of us, so that I could ask her how she’s been, if she’s all right. But she would decline such an invitation from a stranger.

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