I went to graduate school in English because I loved fiction and poetry. I left graduate school because, in the words of poet Billy Collins: “…all they want to do is tie the poem to a chair with rope and torture a confession out of it. They begin beating it with a hose to find…

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We were lined up in rows, face to face, with a stranger. One of the two instructors of the Shakespeare Workout, Paula Plum, told us to address the following sentences to our partners: I like you. I love you. I adore you. I worship you.” We were to say this, taking turns, while looking one another…

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My six-week “Shakespeare Workout “was taught by the Jennie Israel and Paula Plum,* founding members of the Actors Shakespeare Project. ASP began in 2004 with the goal of closing the distance between audiences and Shakespeare’s plays. Since then, productions have been mounted without elaborate sets or costumes in non-traditional community venues: churches and schools and such.…

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The Actors Shakespeare Project is a Boston-area theater company that mounts its productions in venues hither (Brighton High School), thither (Cambridge Multicultural Center), and yon (Church of the Covenant). I’ve seen many of their productions, support the company, and read their emails for news about upcoming plays. A few months ago, the ASP message line read, “Join…

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