Thursday, May 1, 2008

Shakespeare, Inc.


Could Shakespeare survive Hollywood? How would the BARD do in our modern world?

Listen to this radio story on NPR - It is about eight minutes in length.

Write a response, addressing the following:

1) What did you find interesting about this radio cast? What did you learn? What did you question?

2) Do you believe Shakespeare would survive in Hollywood and our modern world? Why or Why not?


Your response should be a brief paragraph and refer specifically to the audio show. The assignment is due May 9th.

37 comments:

Thanh N. 4 said...

The radio story was really interesting. One of the things that was interesting was about how he could be a real estate agent in our modern world. It's kind of weird that he spent his other time sharing and owning land from different areas. I guess everyone back then had to get a back up job to survive. It's also interesting how his plays, sonnets, etc., could be written in different languages. Other than that, it's cool that he helped the actors today become well-known and win awards for his work. I'm kind of confused about who gets the money since he's dead and it is his work? If Shakespeare was in our modern world, I don't think he would even survive because what the people say, that they won't even look twice at him if he appears, so he would probably find another job. Then again, if he was known in Hollywood and our modern world, he would be able to survive from there. His plays are so popular it would be impossible for him to not to survive. Overall, Shakespeare can survive our world if he gets to show one of his works, but if he can't, then I don't think he will.

Marissa G 4 said...

I found the radio broadcast interesting. I think its funny that the topic of a show was would shakespeare make it in hollywood. Its like a fantasy topic. I think that Shakespeare would make it in Hollywood.I think he would make it because the averdapted versions of movies made were very good. Some of the movies that are his stories are like the broadcast said "O" and Romeo and Juliet. Also one of my favorite movies Shes the man im not sure what plays of his that is but the story was good it had Viola and Sebastian in it. I thought the broadcast was good. Shakespeare Inc would make it in Hollywood.

Ashley N. 4 said...

I really enjoyed the readio story. It's interesting to see how Shakespeare could be fitted into several niches in the modern world. I think he would have made it in Hollywood. He knew how to appeal to his audiences back then, I'm pretty sure he would have known how to appeal to our modern day audiences. A lot of the movies adapted from his plays are done well.touch certain areas of human feeling. Like, in Romeo and Juliet, when it's sad, it's really, really sad, but he has perfect timing on where to add the comedic part. I think he would succeed as a soap opera screenwriter. In conclusion, yes, I do think Shakespeare will make it in modern day Hollywood.

Ngoc D. 4 said...

What interesting about this radio broadcast is that it talks about the possibility of Shakespeare surviving Hollywood from different views. Some say that he would make tons of money due to the 10% that he gets for the book sale. Other believed that he would be sued for plagiarism, which I found was the most interesting out of all of the things they talked about because I never heard of it. Another interesting detail is that he might not make it in Hollywood because of his no "happily ever after" endings. I learn that only 3 of Shakespeare's play are actually his ideas and not borrowing from other people's. I also learned that Hollywood is a tough world that is unpredictable. I question the fact that if he borrowed ideas from other people, why is he famous? Because of his knowledge of 30,000 words? (I'm sorry if I totally missed the point somewhere along my study of Shakespeare). Shakespeare would survive in Hollywood and in our modern world. One, his plays have been loved for many centuries until today, there is no reason why we would stop loving it. Two, the guy can write. Three, he is very thoughtful of his actors so who wouldn't love him. And lastly, he did not solely made his living in writing plays, the majority of his wealth comes from the Globe Theater which he helped build and he can also act. One way or another, he has the skills to make it big, whether in play/script-writing, or in business.

Jeniffer M 2 said...

I think what interested me the most about this radio story was that Shakespeare was mentioned to be at the center of a multi-million dollar empire, had he been alive today. I believe that if Shakespeare were alive today, he would, indeed, be very rich and very successful, even if he hadn't gone past 6th grade. I wondered because of the fact that he only completed up to the 6th grade, if he'd be successful because he probably wouldn't get the same education now as he would back then. I think that what's so unique about Shakespeare was his "Renaissance" era language and diction and so, if he lived now, in the modern day, he probably wouldn't be so popular. I agree with that last quote of the radio story: "Shakespeare is too talented to be successful in this day and age."

laura b said...

I thought this radio cast was a great way of explain what Shakespeare would have been in the modern world. It was very interesting to know the way Shakespeare became rich. I though it was because of his plays but I guess is from the land he owned. I also have the same question as Than. Who does the money go to? And if he wasn’t making that much money for the plays , why did he keep writing them? I believe that Shakespeare would survive in Hollywood and just like one of the people in the radio cast mentions “he would just give him an agent and not pay much attention” but that’s how most of the famous writers start till they get the big hit. I think that’s what Shakespeare would of have done try until his work was recognize.

Katherine Z 4 said...

One of the things that I found really interesting was how David Melch said “unless Shakespeare has a really powerful agent” representing him, he wouldn’t even “take his calls.” It’s kind of ironic to think that one of the most famous writers would need an agency to represent him to sell his books. I thought if anything, ever agency would flow into his home to volunteer to help him with his works. I learned that most of his plays end in tragedy, which is true considering Romeo and Juliet and A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. However, I never knew that some of his works were plagiarism; I would never think that with his talent, he would need to. I was wondering as I was listening to the radio, when they mention Shakespeare Theater, who owns it. Shakespeare is dead already, and we all know that he has no descendants, so where does all the money go to. It can’t just go anywhere, someone has to be profiting from those money, but how could they when they don’t even own Shakespeare’s work. I think he would survive in Hollywood, because almost all of his plays have been adapt into movies and shows, most of them have been remade, into many versions. This shows how popular his plays are, if he can survive being dead for so many years and still be famous, I think he will survive Hollywood.

Mr. Walsh said...

Shakespeare is in the public domain. Any work over 120 years old, according to US LAW, is in the public domain and not subject to royalties.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain

Jen-T 4 said...

Wow, I think this radio brodcast was interesting. I think that all of the anouncers did a very good job getting in depth with how far Shakespear would fit in our world today and it answers a question that i never thought to ask myself, would shakespeare survive in our world today? If you asked me before listening to this story, i would say no. I think even though he is very talented with his work, the world isnt the same as it was during his time. He is a great american writer but people opinions have changed and maybe he wouldnt be able to handle the critisism that writers now go though. Then again we still read his works of literature today so i dont think he'd have a problem. However after listening to this broadcast i think shakespeare would not only fit in our modern world, but run it. The story talked about how much he enjoyed and was good in the real estate buisness. In modern day Hollywood, real estate is still a huge buisness and makes people a lot of money. That plus his writing that continues to be popular and taught amongst thousands, could make him a fortune. His books and plays have also been made into movies and quotes are widely popular that were said by him. I think with his widely accepted pieces of wiriting, and his amazing smarts, William Shakespeare would definitly be able to fit into our modern day Hollywood, he however might find paper easier to use then a Mac computer!

Andy T. 4 said...

The broadcast showed many interesting topics on Shakespeare. Its amazing how many copies of his books are being sold every year and being translated into over 100 languages. Shakespeare has made millions of dollars for others with his plays and books which is amazing even though he is dead. I believe that Shakespeare has what it takes to be able to survive in Hollywood and our modern world. Shakespeare’s plays have already survived going through many transformation and I think Shakespeare can adapt too. Some of his films have already been made into modern time and despite the tragic endings, Shakespeare would be able to survive in Hollywood.

sandy j 2 said...

I found it interesting how they compared Shakespeare to modern day men and actors. They compared their si=uccess and how they would be in different situations. I learned that Shakespeare didn't only make money by writing, he also had investsments in other thngs. I questioned why are the radio people thinking about this now? What made this an interesting topic to talk about? I mean he has been around for a long time.

nashally t 2 said...

1. What I found interesting about this radio cast was that they got peoples different opinions on how Shakespeare would if he was alive today. Many people had different views on how Shakespeare would be in modern world times. I learned that Shakespeare made most of his money by investing money in the theater. People predict if he was alive today, he wouldn’t be famous and making money by being an actor or writer, but by being in real estate. I questioned the fact that how people said they wouldn’t hire him. But knowing how great of an actor and write, I assume they will hire him for any job.
2. No, I don’t think he would because his stories and way of talking are back in the days stuff where not many would understand what he was saying. If He grew up in our modern world then maybe he’ll survive. His ways of acting and speaking ar very different then how he talk today.

Victoria P. 4 said...

I find it really interesting that these people are actually talking about Shakespeare even though it was such a long time ago. And that they are also discussing how he would be if he was alive now. It's interesting on the point if he would be a real estate agent. He would probably make lots of money from that because of how famous he would be. I learned that he would be making thousands of dollars and about 10% of the shows with his plays. I think that there would be a lot for him to do. Also that he would make it in Hollywood for his rhythmic words and how well he written. His work with the famou, Romeo and Juliet, would make him very known.

Aaron G 2 said...

In the beginning this radio cast is very interesting. It shows the impact that Shakespeare has on the world. But in the end it was getting a little crazy, trying to add him to write for television shows. That is unrealistic and should try to see if he could write for the “Sopranos” or “Deadwood”. I learned the mass marketing that could be produced through his plays and works. I think Shakespeare would be the king of the modern acting world. As long as he doesn’t get influenced by the Hollywood directors and does his own thing he would be the richest man in Hollywood.

Elaine T 4 said...

I found the radio show very interesting. I never really thought about how much money we spend on Shakespeare’s work even if he is another “dead, old, white guy” as Mr. Walsh puts it. (I‘m just kidding with that “dead, old, white guy” part.) But I really am surprised. We spend many millions of dollars buying his timeless books and if Shakespeare was alive, he’d be making a large amount of money; we’re talking more than 15 million dollars a year. I’m also amazed that out of all the plays he’s written, only 3 are his own plots; all the others he plagiarized and stole from others. I also found the land owning part interesting too. I always thought he became famous and wealthy due to his works, not to his real estate business actions. I do think that if Shakespeare was alive he’d do very well. His works, though plagiarized, are timeless. After all these centuries, his works are still read by everyone, in all different languages. Not only that, but major movie stars all want to be part of his productions. With this popularity, it’d be hard for him to do bad in the business. He even sells thousands of books in the U.S alone, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll do very well in Hollywood and in our modern world. He’s wanted by everyone.

Martin D 2 said...

I thought that it was a very fascinating topic for a radio broadcast. One million books being sold and six hundred movies/film adaptations is an amazing accomplishment. Another thing I learned was that his most of his wealth came from owning shares the Globe Theater. I also wondered what he did with all his land. I could not believe that there was the possibility that he plagiarized, although I believe that he did not, since no one stepped forward to sue him. Shakespeare’s works are in the public domain today because he is dead, but perhaps he would have copyrights for them, if he were alive and would receive royalties for them.

I doubt that Shakespeare would survive in Hollywood and in our modern world today. If he were immortal, don’t you think that he would eventually run out of ideas? People may get bored of his work after a period of time, especially if his work was still written in his sophisticated, poetic style, unless he learned how to speak like we do and does something special with it. Like Jennifer, I agree with that last quote “Shakespeare is too talented to be successful in this day and age." His plays were great and became famous during his time period, and it is because of that that we enjoy his work today. That is why his genius should stay where it was left for later generations to admire.

Chloe C 2 said...

If Shakespeare and all his works were suddenly pulled from the 1500s and thrown into modern America, no I don't think Shakespeare would last long. His langauge is too confusing and old. Plus his grammer will be torn apart by critics. I believe his only strong point is the flowery writing. That would never make it modern-day since, we get bored so easily. If it's the same storyline, has no big plot or has pages of descriptions, people generally don't like the book. Shakespeare also seems like the person to just make money. Chances are, he would learn that TV holds a lot of money and use that as his medium. But he would need to entertain the eye, something he doesn't often have to do in plays. (Their stage is very limited and they rely on the audience's imagination)The story plot would be very good though. I also have a feeling that he likes monologues, which is a pain for an actor to memorize. Most movies need something big, an explosion or some comedy, to keep the audience interested. I think Shakespeare will incorporate those to appeal to the larger audience. I believe that it is there that he will lose his charm. I will just become another mass produced movie. His name will not be notable anymore.

Cristina V 2 said...

When i first read this blog assignment I thought, there's no way Shakespeare could survive in Hollywood today! Then as I listened to the broadcast I thought of "Romeo and Juliet" with Leonardao DiCaprio, and how much I loved that movie. AS far as Shakespeare Incorporated goes I think it would be successful so long as they do not change the endings becasue as we all know Hollywood is big on happy endings, and as far as Romeo and Juliet goes, it is far from a happy ending. However, some people think he is "too talented to be successful in today's market" while others believe he could have been the next Spielberg. After listening to this broadcast, I think Shakespeare would be able to survive in Hollywood as long as he does not let other big time Hollywood actors and producers influence him becasue he has a style that nobody else could pull off.

Mat M. 4 said...
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Mat M. 4 said...

From the radio story, I find it interesting that some say that he would be making millions in royalties. I was not very sure when they said that but I think it means he would get a portion for any plays profits. In addition, I think it is interesting how they said that only about three of his plays were original plots. In this modern day, he would need lawyers in order to write and produce other plays.

As far as making it “big” in Hollywood I think it is a clear-cut possibility. He could in fact be working on the Sopranos, Deadwood or any major motion picture. Those types of dramatic series fit to what Shakespeare wrote about. They are gritty and give the audience what they want to see. If you look at Romeo and Juliet the death of the two main characters very often reflect in today’s modern Hollywood. I also would like to comment that I think that it is not how Shakespeare can survive in Hollywood with his works but Hollywood has adapted to Shakespeare and has used his plays as a template in our modern cinema.

Malik B. 4 said...

I found it interesting that Shakespeare was involved in real estate to make extra money. This made me wonder whether he was as successful then as he has become now with passing time.

Well Shakespeare's work today is relatively successful considering his plays' longevity. I think Shakespeare's fate in Hollywood would depend on whether his work would be updated to common language today or remain in the common language of the 16th century. If his works would remain the same, I wouldn't see much success. The idea that Shakespeare wrote so many years ago only adds to his success, because as people read it I think they tend to accept the fact that it has lasted so long and at least attempt to embrace it.

Consuelo T 2 said...

What I found interesting about the radio cast was how they mention various fields he might have been involved in. I learn that Shakespeare made most of his money from owning land, which I found intriguing. I’m not sure if he would survive in Hollywood, since the way he writes is hard to understand sometimes. Also, would he even write his stories the way he wrote back then? I mean, didn’t he write they way he did because it was the Elizabethan era, and that’s how all the other writers wrote? Although, his stories are well written and the plots are great so there could have been a chance they he would survive in Hollywood. What I also found interesting is how they commented on if he would never comprise his ideas. I don’t think he would comprise because what he was doing with his writing was something great and shouldn't be tampered with.

Hillary D 2 said...

This is an an interesting topic to discuss. I don't see how his plays were "plagiarized" because there isn't much room for originality anymore. I think he could make it in Hollywood because people these days love gushy stuff. His plays were all about conflict and love and the additional comedy in some of them could help hs popularity in all genres. If not Hollywood, then most definitely Broadway. When the people mentioned he owned land and was into real estate, I imagined him living like all those Hollywooders today. I think he coud really make it big. And if he were to be in Hollywood, I think he would figure out that his wardrobe was totally OUT OF STYLE. He'd totally make it big time then.

Jillian D 2 said...

This was so cool, and very intersting. I thought that it was cool when they said that if Shakespeare was to be alive today, he would have a lot of money. I agree with that because he had some great ideas about plays. With him being a sixth grade drop out, i do not think that he would get a good enough education becasue he needs more now, such as math and science, but back when he was growing up they had none of that, (becasue people were still inventing it than, so i do not see why we need it today if Shakesphere wrote plays with only a Latin background), but any who. I agree with everyone that asked why are they thinking about him now, but i think it is because all of his works are still looked at today, and that it is the same with artist from back than because their work still hangs in galleries, if it is still around, and people still admire it, and also they have classes for people intrested in topics like this. I think that Shakespeare Inc., will make it today, but i think he will need a bit more education.

Belinda L 4 said...

I find this radio cast very interesting. I especially liked how they stated that Shakespeare would actually have a hard time making it into Hollywood and that the people of Hollywood would actually doubt his works, but yet he is still worth millions of dollars. I learned that Shakespeare was actually really good at real estate or the buying and selling and making money off of property. He knew when to buy the properties when they were low, and I found that very interesting because it never occurred to me that he actually paid attention to any other ways of making money besides writing. I do believe that Shakespeare would survive in Hollywood today. ALthough it said that some of his story plots were copied from other works, there are a lot of stories out there with the same plots and basically same meaning. And I do believe that he will succeed because if he is able to write such literature in that time that we are still reading it today, if he was in our century, I believe he would do the same and hundreds of years later, after we are all dead, I bet the people in the future will be reading our version of Shakespeare if he was to be alive now.

Lynn T. 4 said...

1) What did you find interesting about this radio cast? What did you learn? What did you question?
I thought it was interesting about all the predictions they made. He’s be the center of a multi-million empire, he’d be in real-estate, be a capitalist, a crowd-please, a shrewd businessman and possibly another Spielberg. It’s interesting to think about what his life would be like now. I wonder would people pay to go to see movies of Shakespearean plays?

2) Do you believe Shakespeare would survive in Hollywood and our modern world? Why or Why not?
I think that Shakespeare could survive in Hollywood and our modern world because back then he had written some plays just for the audience, for the money and what sold. He wouldn’t be different from many movie writers today. However, how would Shakespeare write? Would he stay genuine to his writing style or write in words that are modern now during the 20th century. Would people like his plots? For now, I can only see Shakespeare as a writer, and but I do think that he could be successful.

Amir Q. 4 said...

This newscast brought up some interesting ideas. I did not know that most of Shakespeare’s work was not his own before this, or the amount we spend on his work per year. Shakespeare would quite easily survive in the modern world. His plays are still used and considered classics and high forms of literature. Capitalizing on his original plays alone would make him obscenely wealthy. Although some of the issues the article raises do make sense. His plagiarism would be followed by many lawsuits, as well as the opinion that no one would hire him initially if he had not written his older plays/ they were not known and he would just be wasted talent.

henry d:2 said...

I found the news cast interesting because they mention Shakespeare as someone who is much more than a writer. Shakespeare was an ingenious in the art of business in 15th century, possessing qualities much like the modern business man. I agree that Shakespeare would surely make money in the modern world, but he will definitely not make money in Hollywood. His plays are filled with old language which is rather confusing and they are also far too dull. The fame that his plays posses where accumulated in centuries, if it were just magically writing in the 20th century no one would care. Like the news caster said in the end “he’s too talented to be successful in today’s market.”

Jess L 2 said...

I personaly think that Shakespear would be very successful if he were alive today. I thought it was interesting how he plagarized others, because I viewed him as being a genius, but oh well. I think he would make it today if he were to make movies because he has mastered the technique of manipulating his audience's emotions, and people watch movies to be moved. One issue would indeed be his language, if it was more easily understandable and didn't distract from the story, then it would definitely work for him, because his stories are timeless. Even if he only were to do, say, Romeo and Juliet, he would be set, because he could make a ton of money from that alone.

Mr. Walsh said...

This thread is closed.

casey w. 4 said...

The radio show revealed some concepts about Shakespeare that I was not a where about. I never would have guessed that in the modern world today he would ever be considered to be a real estate so that struck me as interesting. When I think of Shakespeare I figured today he would most likely be a movie writer. Shakespeare’s language was out of control and only he can really understand it that is why I question whether or not he would survive in Hollywood. Although I like the point that Ashley N brings up when she talks about how he was great at appealing to the audience. I think if he was living in the modern world today his writing would be of a different style. I was little confused about the radio broadcasting when someone said that Shakespeare would most likely be sued for plagiarism. How would that happen? Shakespeare was a great writer. He produced plays that people fell in love with. If he was up in living today he would defiantly survive because he wrote for the money and he knew in order to get money he would have to write pieces that would sell.

HebaK4 said...

The radio cast was surprising and interesting; the title itself was both. I never thought that Shakespeare could have been a real estate agent. I don’t think he would be fit for a real estate agent. He seems to be more towards the artsy careers. Selling properties is more towards business. I agree with the part when they say that he would be make a lot of money from books and plays, and he will one of the best play producers ever. Producers would have no ideas to base their plays on. I believe that Shakespeare would survive in the modern world and Hollywood. This is because he would original plays. He could do so much with those plays, and novels. He could make movies, audiobooks, cds, dvds, and much more. He could have buildings made from scenes in the play. He would be rich.

Jimmy v.2 said...

What I found interesting is that only 3 of Shakespeare plots were thought up by himself. When I heard that he made most of his money through real estate I wasn't really surprised since Mr. Walsh said before that theater isn't really a big money maker.

I'm really unsure whether or not Shakespeare would survive in the modern world. If he was reborn into his current empire I'm sure he'd definitely survive on the revenue coming in from his current famous works. But if anything Shakespeare related (all his works, etc.) were erased and he was starting out fresh, I'd doubt he'd make it in Hollywood. Many of Shakespeare's works had grim endings and the radio show suggests that the modern world isn't keen on those. I don't think he'd be as famous as he is but he'd probably be known, since he was a crowd pleaser with his work.

Jillann C 2 said...

I thought the radio story was unbelieveable. I learned so many interesting facts about Shakespeare. The amount of money he still makes is outrageous in the U.S. let alone in other parts of the world. It seems as if he was on one of the shows that compares the wealthiest people in the world that he's be in the top ten easily. To think that all but three of his plots were copied made me shocked. I couldnt believe that someone who took ideas still made Shakespeare prosperous. It's outrageous because in a way it gives children the idea of copying since it made Shakespeare so wealthy. In my personal opinion, Shakespeare is an outlet for poeple to cheat when writing a piece of work or just in general.

barbara j 2 said...

I thought that the radio cast was really interesting. I didn’t think that Shakespeare’s work would still be sold as much as it could have been in the past when he was alive even though I do know that people loves his work even today. What I learn from it is that Shakespeare did not make most of his money out of his books but instead he made it out of him owning and selling properties. What I didn’t get was how people can still make him rich through is work.
I think that Shakespeare could survive in today’s world because many people enjoy his work. Some might say that he wouldn’t survive because movies now our days are completely different from those of the past with much more technology and everything else but nothing can compare to his work. Even through the hard time we face just to read one of his books, we still enjoy it and want to know more about why Shakespeare did this and that.

Trang T 2 said...

After rolling through the conversation about the possibility of Shakespeare in Hollywood on radio cast, I found many interesting questions whether Shakespeare would be successful and what he would become if he were survive. The reporter said that she thought that Shakespeare could become a real estate. He earned money as begin a writer but much of his money came from his own theaters, lands or private ownerships. And yet, he would become a billionaire, hundred thousands of his books are produced each year and spread world wide. They are translated into many languages. The radio cast has shown listeners many specific details about what they were debating and the interview of others with little scripts of the plays. I’m surprised to hear that some don’t believe that Shakespeare could survive in Hollywood “he is too talented to be in this market”.
PS: sorry for being late...

Kimberly said...

The radio broadcast is very interesting. At first, I believe that Shakespeare would not make it to Hollywood modern day, but after listening to the radio broadcast, it is possible that Shakespeare can make it to Hollywood. I believe that it is possible for Shakespeare to make it to Hollywood but I don’t believe that he’d be successful. The last line of the radio broadcast is “Shakespeare is too talented to be successful”. I agree that Shakespeare would be a great real estate and that he would earn millions if he works hard as a real estate. Shakespeare owns many properties back when he is alive, and if he is alive today, he’d be rich. I certainly believe that Shakespeare can make it to Hollywood, but I’m unsure of how successful he’d be.