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:
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:
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
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
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.
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/
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.
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.