5 Titles Inspired by Shakespeare
Shakespeare is so embedded in our culture that sometimes we may not even recognize the extent of the great playwright’s impact. For instance, it is believed that he invented over 1,700 words that we use regularly in the English language, including words like, “amazement,” “luggage,” and “negotiate.” Shakespeare’s words have also been the inspiration behind many famous titles in drama, literature, and music. One of those titles is Passing Strange, Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s Tony Award-winning musical, a rebellious young black man journeys to Europe in search of something “real.” Here are some such titles and a bit of the history surrounding the usage of Shakespeare’s language. Don’t miss Passing Strange, playing from January 10th until February 18th at the Wilma Theater. Tickets start at $25 through TodayTix (and make for a great holiday gift!).
1. Passing Strange
2. North by Northwest
“I am but mad north-north-west: when the
wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.”
-Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2
In one of Shakespeare’s most beloved dramas, the title character attempts to convince others that he is acting madly for a reason. The quotation roughly translates to Hamlet explaining that even in bad weather he can distinguish one bird from another (or a friend from an enemy). Which is, umm… totally convincing, right? Same could be said of the hero of Alfred Hitchcock’s cinematic masterpiece, North by Northwest. When Roger Thornhill, played by the dashing Carey Grant, becomes a victim of mistaken identity, he must try to convince those around him that the chaos surrounding him is no fault of his own.
3. The Sound and the Fury
4. The Ides of March
5. Salad Days
“My salad days,
When I was green in judgment: cold in blood,
To say as I said then!”
–Antony and Cleopatra, Act 1, Scene 5
In the bard’s historical tragedy, the infamous Egyptian ruler Cleopatra is poetically reflecting upon the time that she was young and fell in love with Antony when she refers to her green-ness as “salad days.” Canadian indie-rock musician Mac Demarco borrowed this phrase for the title of his second full-length album. Salad Days is a much more personal album than it’s predecessor and contains tracks that reflect upon his romantic relationships, making it’s Shakespeare-inspired title a fitting one.