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Shakespearean Date Guide

Francisco Lucas Vergara Falgui-3rd Year BS MGT

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the images or videos on this post.

Shakespearean Date:  I don’t know about you, but when I think of Shakespeare and his plays I think of love. Sure the tragedies are great, but the romance and eternal joy with the one we love is what hot-blooded young adults like us really want. Since Shakespeare seems to be everywhere nowadays and dating is becoming more monotonous, I decided to create a Shakespeare themed date. Crazy? Yes, to the point of Macbeth/Ophelia!

Intended target: Eng/Lit Majors, Shakespeare’s diehard fans, someone who owns a balcony (Juliet Type), crazy people (Ophelia Type), someone from a different race (Othello Type), transvestite(Viola type), fairy queen (Titania Type), or anyone willing to try something new. These types are to be discussed at the end of this guide.

Step1: Hair and Attire

If you set the date months before the actual day, then you’ll have time to grow your hair and then shave the top to create a bald-spot resembling that of Shakespeare’s. However, if you’re pressed for time, you can just purchase the wig from:  http://www.wilshirewigs.com/SHAKESPEARE-WIG-pr-1519.html. Here is what it looks like:

QUICK FIX #1

In case you don’t like the idea of having a real bald-spot or if time doesn’t permit you to grow your hair long then here’s a quick fix to solve your problem.

Another important thing is what you’re going to wear. There are a lot of costume shops that sell costumes, but here’s one that includes shipping from http://www.brandsonsale.com/ca-013277.html:

Step2: Music

A lot of songs have hints of Shakespeare in them so your selection is also very diverse. It’s up to you which one you choose. Personally I prefer Romeo and Juliet sung by the Killers which is a cover of the dire straits. But you could go Love story by Taylor Swift. NOT!

Here is Romeo and Juliet sung by the Killers:Romeo and Juliet-The Killers

Step3: Dinner

There are a lot of restaurants to choose from. Here are a few to pick from: Shakespeare’s Restaurant and Pub, Shakespeare’s Gourmet Pizzas, WM Shakespeare’s Gastropub, etc. Going to a restaurant means less hassle, but knowing how to cook is certainly a plus. Just follow the recipes in this cookbook. Check out Shakespeare in Food in this blog:

Beverages: If dinner or any part of the date starts to get boring, a little alcohol should liven up anything.

Caution- from Shakespeare himself: “It provokes the desire but it takes away the performance. Therefore much drink may be said to be an equivocator with lechery: it makes him and it mars him; it sets him on and it takes him off.”- William Shakespeare

*Be sure to remember this because you might get lucky tonight

Beer: Rogue Shakespeare Stout

Mixed Drinks from Drink Pro:

Ophelia: Orange Juice, Aquavit, and Lime Cordial

Hamlet: Vodka, Campari, Orange Juice

Macbeth: Scotch, Blue Curacao, Amaretto, Lemon Juice, Sugar

Othello: Southern Comfort, BOLS Parfait Amour, BOLS Crème de Bananes, Lemonade, Pineapple Juice, BOLS Dry Orange Curacao

Other Choice: If the date doesn’t go so well or becomes too dull and there is no chance to fix it, there is one drink that will help you solve your problem.

QUICK FIX#2 A dram of poison- purchased at your local apothecary. Just tell them it’s for a big rat.

Dessert: (For those who don’t take Quick Fix#2): I was only able to find one: The Othello

Step4: Entertainment

After Dinner, you have a choice of either a movie or a game. It really depends on what your date prefers but there’s a variety to choose from.

Games:

Othello or Reversi is a good two player game that’s easy to learn. There’s also another game called Playing Shakespeare (also good for group dates). Test your Shakespeare knowledge and impress your date (by memorizing the cards in advance).

The objective of this game is to guess the missing words in a Shakespeare quotation. Played like charades. For those of you who are more into videogames, there are also many to choose from. Please refer to the Shakespeare in Videogames post of this blog: https://transmedialshakespeare.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/shakespeare-in-video-games/

Or

Movies: Watching a movie has been a staple of dates. Even if this isn’t your first Shakespearean date with the same girl or guy, there’s no need to fret because Shakespeare influenced movies are abundant. Movies genres range from love, action, psycho-thriller, comedy, musical, and others. There are even some black and white films for the “older ones” who decide to go on this Shakespearean date. For some suggestions on titles please refer to Shakespeare in Film of this blog: https://transmedialshakespeare.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/shakespeare-in-film/

Step 5: Seal the Deal

Now it is time to say goodnight.  On your way home play some music from the selection in Step2. It will help set the mood and fill in the silence if any. When you finally reach her house give her a goodnight kiss. Don’t forget to take a mint before you do. If you’re lucky she might just invite you up her balcony for another one or maybe more!

Final Tips: I advise you to go for a Titania type because she will love you even if you look like an ass or even if you are a real ass. I would personally avoid an Ophelia type and a Viola type. Ophelia should be avoided because she’s just insane. Viola types should be avoided especially in this generation because it’s become so hard to tell the gender of a person with all the procedures available, and it becomes even harder when they cross dress. Juliet types will love you only if you’re hated by her parents. Juliets are very rebellious in nature.

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I decided on this Shakespearean date because first of all it is a lot of fun , secondly, I wanted to prove that Shakespeare is so widespread that his influence can be used in something as random but with a lot of aspects as a date. Consider this my own entry into the world of Transmedial Shakespeare. It isn’t the best guide and it’s certainly a gag guide, but I hope you enjoyed it. If there are any ideas and suggestions to make it more Shakespearean and comedic, please feel free to add anything through the comment box.

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  1. yumurayama
    March 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    For me, i found this funny the most. It is mainly because of the funny ways that you can have a date just being able to have the Shakespearean mood or like if you are a William Shakespeare fan. This caught was the first post among the others that really caught my eye because of the funny images that showed really how you can enjoy win a date having William around.

    • chirashidon
      March 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      I’m glad you found it funny. That’s what I was aiming for. There is a lot of room for improvement though.

  2. March 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    It’s cool that you can actually have a whole date with Shakespeare as a theme. Not everybody can pull this off, without looking like an idiot. But I guess it’s plus points to whoever your date is, because not only did you put in a lot of effort, but you also look high-class and educated. This is something I’d probably try, if given the chance. And for the record, an Ophelia is fine by me.

  3. hypoperfusion
    March 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    It’s interesting how here, Viola’s “core characteristic” is being a cross-dresser. For me, she’s more of the intelligent and manipulative type, and that her being a “transvestite” is just a product of this. So I guess I just found it unfair that this is what’s foregrounded in her character. It may be part of the humor this entry is trying to achieve here, but jokes are still ideologically positioned. 😛

    And it’s also interesting how it’s claimed that Titania’s the best one “because she will love you even if you look like an ass or even if you are a real ass.” But this principle can’t be applied to Viola or transvestites–that they can be loved even if they are indeed what gender they represent in the surface or not.

    • chirashidon
      March 26, 2011 at 2:29 am

      Before anything else, I would like to apologize to all transvestites. It really is intended to boost the comedic aspect of the entry, and sadly, that’s what most people know about Viola. If you have a suggestion that would do justice to her character by going more in-depth, feel free to add it (preferably one that adds to the humor element of the guide).

      Titania is really just a personal choice. After all, she is the queen of fairyland, she’s definitely gorgeous, and I think it takes an ass (me) to write a date guide like this. Don’t you agree? LOL. Thanks for the comment.

  4. October 15, 2012 at 6:10 am

    It would be interesting how Shakespeare can be incorporated in the actual taste of the food. hahaha Usually its just the name or presentation but It would be nice to see how something gets flavored after HAMlet HAHAHA

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