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Monday, January 12, 2015

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory's OP Merchant of Venice


FINALLY we can all get to see a Shakespeare play in Original Pronunciation!

EVEN if you live in another country!

It will be the first time in history that a Shakespeare play performed in Original Pronunciation will be filmed and available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download.

You don’t know what Original Pronunciation is all about?

Original Pronunciation, or OP, is the real and authentic way in which Shakespeare and his actors would have spoken the plays back in the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. It is an Early Modern English accent that sounds like Irish almost, and the Shakespeare plays and movies we are seeing now are spoken with the WRONG accent!

Click on image for Kickstarter Video

David Crystal and his son Ben are some very talented people who have been introducing OP to the world, David as a linguist and Ben as an actor. Not only is OP a fun and different way to hear Shakespeare’s poetic language, OP also creates new and fresh meanings for the plays.

Here is a 10 minute video that perfectly explains and demonstrates how OP sounds and why OP is so important:

David and Ben staged OP productions of Shakespeare’s plays before, most notably at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, but sadly there are no DVDs or Blu-Ray discs of those productions.

BUT — finally, there will be an OP production that will be filmed and released on DVD, on Blu-ray, and for Digital Download.

So, no matter where you are, you can finally see a Shakespeare play in OP!

The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is raising money for this project, and asking for donations on Kickstarter.

They have chosen The Merchant of Venice as the first play recorded in OP. I could not be happier, since it is my personal favorite Shakespeare play.

For a minimum donation of $20 or more you can get a Digital Download. For $30 or more you can get a DVD. $40 or more gets you a Blu-ray disc.

What’s so wonderful is that no matter where you are in the world, the DVD or Blu-ray disc can be shipped to you anywhere in the world.

But please, the Kickstarter campaign needs all of you to donate, and as much as you can donate. The campaign ends on 31 January, so please hurry!

So, please take a look at the Kickstarter campaign page, and watch the short video, and please donate as generously as you can.

I am not affiliated with the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, but I am very excited about this project, and I hope that they raise enough money in order to film this historical event.