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Shakespeare's sonnets serve as the basis for short films (+video)

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(Read caption) This is one of the most valuable books in English literature, a very rare Shakespeare First Folio containing 36 plays of the famed playwright.

The works of Shakespeare have been put on film many – many – times before. But now some of the writer’s sonnets are the basis of new movies.

According to The New York Times, the Sonnet Project came from the New York Shakespeare Exchange. Through the project, the NYSE are trying to make a movie for each of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets. They’re currently at number 100. 

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Actors who have participated include Carrie Preston of “The Good Wife” and Billy Magnussen, who recently starred in “Into the Woods.”

The movies are posted via YouTube on the Sonnet Project website.

“We’re always looking for new ways to reach audiences that go beyond the restrictions of a live performance in a small theater,” Ross Williams, who is the artistic director for the NYSE and for the Sonnet Project, told the NYT.

Check out the Sonnet Project website here.


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