We've got Da Bears, Da Bulls and now, Da Bard.
Friday is the second annual Talk Like Shakespeare Day, in honor of the playwright's 446th birthday. The celebration began last year in Chicago and spread globally, with more than a million hits to TalkLikeShakespeare.org, and is backed by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Mayor Richard J. Daley's resolution encourages Chicagoans to "let boldness be thy friend" and get their Elizabethan on.
Shakespeare may be most commonly encountered in high school and college literature classes, but it's surprisingly kid-friendly, says Reina Hardy, executive director of The Viola Project, a Chicago non-profit that runs Shakespeare performance workshops for girls.
"The actual stories and characters are very graspable and exciting to kids," Hardy says. "Take Hamlet: This is guy's dad is dead and his mom has married his uncle, and he's pretty sure his uncle actually killed his father. Kids love that. Their jaws just drop.
"There hasn't been a play we've done that kids haven't responded to," she adds.
Marilyn Halperin, director of education and communications for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, says waiting until middle or high school to introduce kids to Shakespeare is actually a mistake. By then, they're self-conscious, which "makes it difficult to play with and engage the language, as they're afraid of sounding like an idiot."
And by high school, many students have been convinced that Shakespeare is just another "old, dead white guy" -- teen-speak for lame.
"By adolescence, there's so much baggage about Shakespeare being boring and difficult and almost iconic of everything that school demands of you that doesn't have any relevance to your life," she says.
Visit TalkLikeShakespeare.org for information on all things Shakespearean, including recipes (A Winter's Tale Shepherd's Pie? Yes, please!), and tips to talk like the Bard, and read-aloud Shakespearean stories (we recommend avoiding King Lear before bedtime).
And just for fun, check out this adorable video of actor Brian Cox trying to teach Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy to Theo, age 2.
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