This is very important. Especially for us Americans who often feel inferior about our accents performing Shakespeare. We need to remember that Shakespeare’s English sounded much closer to Appalachian American English than it did to modern RP British English.
it’s also interesting that the son linguist says of the OP pronunciations that it connects you with your body more because i remember this post talking about how shakespeare is supposed to get down into your bones.
i can also attest to what he says about making eye contact with your audience when you’re giving the plays in daylight; in tenth grade i gave a performance of mercutio’s “queen mab” monologue to a crowd of, like, 4-7 year olds instead of writing a five page paper and yes, the whole point is that you connect to your audience with shakespeare — by my fourth run through of the monologue, i had little kids coming up into my performance space and moving with me.
they didn’t understand what the hell i was saying, but they knew because i was moving with the monologue that it was something worth paying attention to.
The Aokigahara Forest is the most popular site for suicides in Japan. After the novel Kuroi Jukai was published, in which a young lover commits suicide in the forest, people started taking their own lives there at a rate of 50 to 100 deaths a year. The site holds so many bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses. The authorities sweep for bodies only on an annual basis, as the forest sits at the base of Mt. Fuji and is too dense to patrol more frequently.