Melinda Hall held an event at Morbid Anatomy museum in Williamsburg to celebrate Shakespeare's 400th Death Anniversary! And invited me and Jordan Hall to join her. It's a little bit of a weird thing to celebrate, but hey, no one's ever written about death like that guy!
I composed a few songs, including a folk song using Ophelia's mad song lyrics, a song developed from a song used in 17th-century Shakespeare performances, and a themed country song. Jordan Hall and I had a Sonnet Song-Off, where we both wrote a song using Shakespeare's Sonnet 71 as a jumping-off point. We finished with a hilarious rap.
Shakespeare's Funeral: Illustrated Lecture and Costume Party to Celebrate Shakespeare's 400th Death Anniversary
Friday, May 20th at 7pm
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn NY
"If I must die I will encounter darkness as a bride, And hug it in mine arms." ——Measure for Measure
2016 marks the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. To celebrate, join Melinda Hall--director and producer for Willful Pictures--for an illustrated talk about the dead Shakespearean characters, common causes of death in Shakespeare's time (1564-1616) such as plague and syphilis, and period burial rites as well as Shakespeare's own death and the curse on his grave. Come & crush a cup and toast to Master Shakespeare. There will be treats and beverages. Live music will be performed by Emily Gardner Hall and Jordan Hall.