cinque-spotted asked: Also, Shakespeare more generally!
Favorite Male Character: Ariel. I feel strongly about Ariel.
Favorite Female Character: Cleopatra. Shakespeare is a great wordsmith—he makes new ones every five seconds and bangs them into shape against the plot of his plays—but some of the best phrasings come out of Cleopatra’s mouth. This is a woman who knows the value of a good story told well—she might kill you for good news if you tell it badly. And she might kiss your hand for the worst news if you deliver it with grace. And her past is her “salad days” and her love is like a dolphin….but more than that, she met the greatest tactician the Roman empire (according to Shakey, not, you know, actual history) ever had and she says “he words me, girls, he words me.” Even if she wasn’t beautiful like a spell—like an enchantment—she’d convince you she was because words do what she tells them to.
Least Favorite Character: SOMEDAY I WILL FIGURE OUT HOW TO STOMP ALL OVER CLAUDIO’S STUPID FACE. I try to enter every production of Much Ado with an open mind, but if even Robert Sean Leonard could not make me like this man, no one can.
Favorite Ship: The Macbeths. The couple that murders together, stays together. And. Um. Dies. Horribly.
Favorite Friendship: Lear and his fool—and by that, I tots mean Kent.
Favorite Quote: REALLY. YOU EXPECT ME TO PICK ONE?! Fine. “The readiness is all.” But also: “The clock upbraids me with a waste of time.” And totally: “I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys.” But (and this is more honestly probably my favorite): “Oh, learn to read what silent love hath writ / to hear with eyes belongs to love’s fine wit.”
Worst Character Death (if any): Desdemona. “Kill me tomorrow: let me live tonight,” breaks my heart every single goddamn time.
This made me so happy you have no idea Moment: “Most wonderful!” You all know what I mean. Best two words ever said in a Shakespeare play.
Saddest Moment: [Re-enter KING LEAR, with CORDELIA dead in his arms.]
Favorite Location: The wood near Athens or the forest of Arden.