Bard Madness: The Play-In Games
Please vote in the play-in round of IU South Bend's "Bard Madness" tournament. The winners of the first round will be announced on Monday, April 15. Descriptions of each play by Randy Colborn, Associate Dean, Ernestine Raclin School of the Arts
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Play-in Game #1 (Winner will play #1 seed Hamlet in the first round)
King John (9) "In the shadow of Shakespeare’s second tetralogy of history plays lies the neglected masterpiece, King John. Although seldom read or performed today, King John was once one of Shakespeare's most popular histories, praised for its poetic brilliance."
Timon of Athens (9) "Written late in Shakespeare's career, Timon of Athens is criticized as an underdeveloped tragedy, likely co-written by George Wilkins or Cyril Tourneur. Read the play and see if you agree"
Play-in Game #2 (Winner will play #1 seed Romeo & Juliet in the first round)
Titus Andronicus (9) "A sordid tale of revenge and political turmoil, overflowing with bloodshed and unthinkable brutality. The play was not printed with Shakespeare credited as author during his lifetime, and critics are divided between whether it is the product of another dramatist or simply Shakespeare's first attempt at the genre."
Pericles (9) "Portions of Pericles are ripe with imagery and symbolism but the first three acts and scenes v and vi (the notorious brothel scenes) of Act IV are considered inadequate and likely the work of two other dramatists. The play was not included in the First Folio of 1623. In Shakespeare's sources, Pericles is named Apollonius."
Play-in Game #3 (Winner will play #1 seed Midsummer Night's Dream in the first round)
Love's Labor Lost (8) "Love's Labours Lost fell out of favour for many years, criticized by scholars as muddled and confusing. But the play is making a comeback, and Kenneth Branagh's version has helped it along."
Troilus and Cressida(8) "Troilus and Cressida is difficult to categorize because it lacks elements vital to both comedies and tragedies. But, for now, it is classified as a comedy."
Play-in Game #4 (Winner will play #1 seed Macbeth in the first round)
Two Noble Kinsmen (8)
Cymbeline (8) "This play, modeled after Boccaccio's Decameron, is often classified as a romance. It features the beautiful Imogen, considered by many to be Shakespeare's most admirable female character."
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