The Last Word: Romeo, Where Tweet Thou?

Ah the classics. Sometimes thought of as the bane of my existence, Shakespeare and I have come to an understanding–I read him for pleasure, not for pain and ultimately enjoy it more. Reading it in high school always seemed like such a bore and I’m glad my children won’t have to deal with it, because by that time Twitter performances should become quite common.

Now it you’re saying SMH (shaking my head in Twitter-speak), hold your judgements. It COULD be a good thing! I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but tweens and teens don’t seem to have much interest in anything other than the cell phone that seems to have grown out of their palms– and now that they can do so many things with it, it’s almost as if they don’t need anything else.

Twitter and The Royal Shakespeare Company has seen that need and provided for it, with “Such Tweet Sorrow,” a modern day adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, the greatest love story of all time. While reading about this on Mashable, I was slightly…dismayed by the fact that such a rich text was being reduced to 140 characters, but then I realized that the “characters” (actual people living out this tragedy in their real lives) are actually including other multimedia tidbits to enhance the performance. The characters have experienced all of the same situations, however, I don’t think their rendition will include quite as many dead teenagers, nor do I think they will include quite as many levels of intrigue. Or perhaps it will, who am I to judge.

What do you think? Would you be more interested in a play on Twitter, or Facebook for that matter? If it could come into your life like everything else–as an extension of a device/network you can’t go an hour without checking?

Let me know what you think, and don’t forget to follow the characters. Remember to have your opinion heard on this topic, and all others, whether it’s the Last Word or not!

P.S. I picked the picture because Leo happens to be MY favorite Romeo of all time, although there are a few actors-turned vampires that I’d like to see in this role ;).

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