How did you first encounter Shakespeare? Was it in a classroom or a theater? How old were you? Was it love at first sight, or did it take you some time to warm up to the Bard? Did any particular lines or characters really stick with you?
We invite you to participate by recording a short video and sharing it on social media using the hashtag #MySHX400. On the Folger website, you’ll find prompts as well as colorful artwork that can be printed and used as props.
Some of the first “Share Your Shakespeare Story” videos included a student’s recitation of Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” speech in Spanish, a rendition of “double, double toil and trouble” from Macbeth, and a tale about an actor losing his voice during a high school production of Romeo and Juliet. Acclaimed author Jane Smiley explains why The Winter’s Tale is her favorite play, and actor Wayne T. Carr (whom Folger audiences may remember from Pericles) confesses falling asleep at some of his first Shakespeare plays in London before falling head over heels with a production of The Tempest featuring Vanessa Redgrave as Prospera.
Watch all these Shakespeare stories and learn how to share your own at www.folger.edu/myshx400