Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo hosting Shakespeare-themed parties for fans

July 12, 2015

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo has launched a series of Shakespeare-themed events for fans.

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Weezer released their most recent album ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’ last year … and their singer is hosting ‘Nerd Night’, parties celebrating the work of William Shakespeare.

Cuomo has been throwing the events at Los Angeles theatres, which includes productions or cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare plays.

Cuomo said of Shakespeare: “He shows me what’s possible with language. Obviously, none of us can try to emulate him. But it’s inspiring to know how much power you can wield with words.”

“We don’t know much about his creative process, but I’ve read enough to know this specific example of a way I’ve taken something from him: He worked with sources a lot. In fact, I think only one of his plays —A Midsummer Night’s Dream — was an original story. He would read these history stories and combine different plots.”

“In the case of this play [‘Antony and Cleopatra’], that whole speech by Enobarbus about ‘the poop was beaten gold’ — that description of Cleopatra that’s so beautiful — he really lifted a lot of that from a different source. I’ve read the original. So it’s inspiring to know that even Shakespeare needed to rely on the work of people before him. That gives me license to do the same.”

 

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