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William Shakespeare’s Home Has Been Found

Want to know where William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet? Up until now you’ve been left in the dark, but thanks to theater historian Geoffrey Marsh the answer is finally clear.

 

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CNN broke the news how Mr. Marsh, the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Department of Theatre and Performance, has spent a decade “meticulously researching the home of the English dramatist and poet by cross-referencing official records to pinpoint…” the home of this wondrous playwright.

So where did the quest to find this creator of words like ‘addiction’, ‘assassination’, ‘bedazzled’ and many others began?

In 2008 ‘The Theatre’, an Elizabethan playhouse in East London’s Shoreditch, was discovered. Infamously, this centerpiece of human visual art predated ‘The Globe’ as our good old Billy Shakes’ workplace. This got Mr. Marsh curious and, never a man to heed the old saying ‘curiosity killed the cat’ he went on a search through tales upon tales to find this mouse.

 

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The first key piece of evidence was the knowledge that the writer of classic literature lived in Central London near Liverpool Street Station. Where, exactly? Well, taxpayer recorders in 1597 and 1598 weren’t exactly clear on that.

Mr. Marsh wasn’t satisfied. A detective on the case, he got out his magnifying glass and looked at every word from that faded 1550s document. What did he fine in that near-indecipherable erratic spelling?

 

Historian Geoffrey Marsh analyzed archives that dated back to the 1550s.
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Well, “[a]ccording to Marsh, evidence suggests Shakespeare had lived in a property overlooking the churchyard of St. Helens as a tenant of the Company of Leathersellers, a guild that organized the Elizabethan leather trade.”

 

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So that’s where Shakespeare wrote his classic love story about star-crossed young lovers. Why is it important? Well…

“The place where Shakespeare lived in London gives us a more profound understanding of the inspirations for his work and life.”

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Steven Spielberg’s Anticipated ‘West Side Story’ Remake Has Found Its Maria

A fresh new face will be playing a classic role in Steven Spielberg’s remake of the 1961 musical West Side Story.

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The role of Maria, the titular love interest of the story, will be played by newcomer Rachel Zegler in her first film role. Zegler was one of 30,000 Latina actresses to audition for the role of Maria.

 

Zegler has stated that she is honored to play the role of Maria in a film, having previously portrayed her in a school play.

 

West Side Story was the first musical I encountered with a Latina lead character. As a Colombian-American, I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community.”

 

The news comes as the other film’s stars have also been announced. Tony, Maria’s love interest, will be portrayed by Ansel Elgort, the star of Baby Driver. The roles of Bernardo, Maria’s brother, and Anita, Bernardo’s girlfriend, will be portrayed by Broadway veterans Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez, respectively. Hamilton performer Josh Andres Rivera has been case as Chino, Maria’s would-be suitor. Rita Moreno, one of the film’s original stars who won an Oscar for her performance as Anita, will return in a new role and also serve as executive producer.

 

 

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The casting of mostly Latino and Latina actors was important for Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner. The original film has been accused on whitewashing over the years since its release. Most notably the casting of Natalie Wood, a white actress, in the role of Maria. Spielberg said that he is proud of the diverse group of actors who were cast in the film.

 

“When we began this process a year ago, we announced that we would cast the roles of Maria, Anita, Bernardo, Chino and the Sharks with Latina and Latino actors. I’m so happy that we’ve assembled a cast that reflects the astonishing depth of talent in America’s multifaceted Hispanic community.”

 

 

The film is set to start filming this summer.

 

 

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