August 28, 2013
I had a great time reporting this story about Shakespeare's sonnets for Voice of America. A young theater company called the New York Shakespeare Exchange has created The Sonnet Project, which aims to film each of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets and release them one by one online, and as an app, by the bard's 450th birthday next April. The project launched this spring and some of the sonnets are already viewable, while others that have been filmed, such as number three, which I watched, are still waiting in the wings. Sonnet Project founder Ross Williams wants to get people who might not otherwise fall for Shakespeare interested by starting them off with the sonnets - 14-line poems. What better medium, he thought, than short films, which can be delivered to your phone on a regular basis? It's Shakespeare for the 21st century, and it even got me reading the sonnets again (app or no app, 400-year-old English is still hard to penetrate at times).