The TV Project will be called “Shakespeare Now”.

It will be produced by The Documentary Group and CultureWorks.  Tom Yellin, Executive Producer; Kayce Freed Jennings, Producer; David Chambers, Associate Producer; Steve Rowland, Associate & Editorial Producer.

The series will be 10 hours, formatted as 5 two-hour programs.

SHAKESPEARE’S INSIGHT INTO HUMAN NATURE  was incomparable– his portrayals of love, power, fear, jealousy, ambition, betrayal, loyalty, and revenge are unsurpassed even today. His insights lie at the heart of modern literature, and underlie our modern understanding of the human condition. His influence on world culture – literature, film, theater, psychology, ethics, even law and government – is immeasurable. Shakespeare is  surely history’s best selling author: it is estimated that over 2 billion copies of his work have been sold – and his plays are produced thousandsof times each year in venues small and large and across the globe.

We will explore Shakespeare’s universe – from the turbulent world of Elizabethan England in which he wrote, to our complex world today where his work reverberates into the very  meaning of our lives. He is at once a voice of the past, and a voice of the present – a voice so clear and so articulate that it still guides us 400 years after his death. His stories are our stories.

SHAKESPEARE IS TIMELESS

SHAKESPEARE IS EVERYWHERE

SHAKESPEARE IS HERE


THE SERIES

This series will be big and ambitious and bold and, in its way, complete. It will examine how Shakespeare’s themes and characters both reflect our world and help shape the way we see it. Our guides will be preeminent artists and thinkers: authors, actors and directors, businessmen and politicians.  We will take the viewer onstage and backstage, into classrooms and prisons and bedrooms and boardrooms where Shakespeare’s stories are played out in real life, every day. We will go on the American campaign trail and into the British Parliament. We will go into the slums of the inner city … and the estates of the rich and powerful.

THE STRUCTURE

The series will be 10 hours (5 x 2 hours)

Each two-hour program will pair two of the essential and complex themes that are at the core of Shakespeare’s work and at the very core of human nature:

Love & Power

Fear & Jealousy

Ambition & Betrayal

Loyalty & Revenge

Sex, Nature & God (well, this has three)

These themes, which play out in the various plays, characters and genres (tragedy, comedy, history), will reverberate through the series.  They allow us to explore how Shakespeare’s work, with it’s exceptional use of language and storytelling, speaks to basic human instincts with clarity and power that resounds through culture, geography and time.

SHAKESPEARE IS ACCESSIBLE

SHAKESPEARE IS SURPRISING

SHAKESPEARE IS FUN