Summer Sounds: Shakespeare

Oklahoma theater writer Larry Laneer contributes his Summer Sound to our series. He says when he thinks of the season, his thoughts turn to outdoor performances of the Bard's plays.

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MICHELE NORRIS, host: What sound through yonder window breaks? Why, it's the latest entry in our series Summer Sounds.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

LARRY LANEER: My name is Larry Laneer, and I write about theater for the Oklahoma Gazette. Here's an oft heard sound of summer: Shakespeare in the Park.

(SOUNDBITE OF PLAY, "AS YOU LIKE IT")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (as Orlando) Here, lie I down and measure out my grave.

LANEER: It's a mash up between Shakespeare and modern civilization. It was a pretty good sight gag the first time I saw actors onstage in Elizabethan costumes stop, look up, and marvel at a loud, low-flying jet plane.

(SOUNDBITE OF PLAY, "AS YOU LIKE IT")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: I thank you and I'll be blest for your good comfort.

(SOUNDBITE OF PLANE)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #3: We are not all alone (unintelligible)

LANEER: Within time, a motorcycle convention roared by.

(SOUNDBITE OF PLAY, "AS YOU LIKE IT")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #4: (as Jacques) All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players.

LANEER: And police helicopters chopper to and fro.

(SOUNDBITE OF HELICOPTERS)

LANEER: The actors always soldier on, suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and take up arms against a sea of troubles, 400 years of mechanical and technological advancements, and William's words still cut through the din.

(SOUNDBITE OF PLAY, "AS YOU LIKE IT")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: (as Celia) Shall we be a sundered? Shall we part, sweet girl? No, let my father seek another heir

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NORRIS: The summer sound of Shakespeare from Larry Laneer of Norman, Oklahoma.

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