Thanks for the good feedback about last week’s invite rhymes for the Best of the Bard and Henry VIII invites. The Shakespeare invites don’t usually involve poetry, but I do like to include a tagline to catch the interest of group members. Since I haven’t actually organized a reading in some time, I could at least share with you some of the taglines I’ve used. And since there are a few Shakespeare lovers who read this blog, I thought we could make a game out of it.
Can you identify the fifteen plays represented by the taglines below?
1. Bundle up, head on over, and join us as we catch winter by its tale. Hot cocoa will be served.
2. You like it! You really like it!
3. Everybody dies.
4. Come join us at our favorite Bavarian beerhouse as we travel to an austere statehouse, a rowdy whorehouse, and a dank jailhouse.
And then we’re gonna read a play.
5. Revenge is a beach.
6. Witches! Ghosts! Swordplay! Intrigue! Betrayal! Treachery! And the cold-blooded murder of a benefactor! Come join in the fun, as we read the play that dares not speak its name.
7. An afternoon to read. A lifetime to master.
8. We all know what happens when the children of rival families fall in love. But what happens when the rulers of rival countries fall in love?
9. What better way to spend an afternoon than with Rumor, Blunt, Shallow, Silence, Fang, Snare, Mouldy, Shadow, Wart, Feeble, Pistol, Quickly, and Doll?
10. Four hundred years before Seinfeld, there was a show about nothing.
11. We’re gonna party like it’s 1199.
12. Cast of Characters: a nobleman in disguise, an adulterer, a tyrant, an outcast, a wimp, a lackey, a fugitive, a bastard, a fool, two wicked sisters, and an elderly king, slowly losing his grasp on his humanity. Yes, we’re all in there somewhere.
13. And now for something completely different.
14. Bon Appetit!
15. Come join our monthly meeting of conspirators as we sink our daggers into Shakespeare’s classic tale of political intrigue and betrayal in Ancient Rome.
BONUS QUESTION: If readings are typically held on the first Sunday of each month, what play would have been the appropriate choice for January 2008?
Please post whatever you come up with in the comments section.
UPDATE: Correct plays provided by Asher (10) and Jeremy (6).