I'm teaching a course on Shakespeare this semester, and one of the things we're looking at in the course is how and why Shakespeare's plays remain so powerful, almost 500 years after they were first performed.
To do this, we are looking at various adaptations and performances of Shakespeare's work--early on, it was Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet, this week, it's Kiss Me, Kate, and later this semester, we will be watching Doctor Who.
Apex recently published an issue filled with Shakespeare-inspired stories.
Kat Howard's contribution to the issue, "The Face of Heaven So Fine," is a beautiful retelling of Romeo and Juliet that captures the essence of the original play while imbuing it with new magic for a new century.
It is definitely worth a read. Or several.
By Jen Miller