The Bard Of Nantucket: A Preppy Twist On Shakespeare


This weekend a high school in Danvers, Massachusetts will open its production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” which it has set on Nantucket. The local newspaper reports:

Where the “Twelfth Night” takes place on an island full of rich people, the Academy wanted to make its version “accessible to the Danvers community.”

“The cast is ridiculous,” a student told the paper, “and is not afraid to embarrass themselves.”

Danvers was originally known as Salem Village and is closely associated with the 1692 Salem Witch Trials.

12 Comments on "The Bard Of Nantucket: A Preppy Twist On Shakespeare"

  1. “The cast is ridiculous,” a student told the paper, “and is not afraid to embarrass themselves.”

    My guess, the student was referring to low rise quarter cut pocket khakis. 😉

  2. I am not a fan of modern dress and I think the costume dept. needs to get that young man a belt, code flags maybe whales.
    That said I like to see young people pursue the arts, so I hope they have a memorable experience.

  3. AWaspySoutherner | November 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm |

    I don’t understand the relevance of this…

  4. What does “I am not a fan of modern dress” mean? Methinks you need to explain in an essay.

    Me also thinks me should quit using term “methinks.”

    As for the relevance, I thought the story very postmodern, with a traditional preppy breeding ground reduced to self-caricature. But I’ve never been to this town and a quick search on demographics didn’t assure that the town was affluent, only that it’s really white.

  5. If high school kids are using Prep as a lens to focus Shakespeare or vice-verse, you may be assured that the trend is beating a fast retreat from its high water mark. So for me, the relevance is that neo-prep is in a death-spiral and its future will soon be that of an embarrassing memory. But maybe I’m engaging in wishful thinking.

  6. MAC, you must not have been to J. Press lately–almost all of their casual pants are (and have for years) been made with quarter pockets. The rise is unforgivable, though.

  7. madaket
    I’ve never been to J. Press, I live in the Midwest. I do shop there via the net, but prefer O’Connells’ on seam pockets. I still believe the best khakis / trousers ever made were RL Polo from mid to late 1970s, on seam pockets, watch pocket with button flap, button flap rear pockets and welted leg seams.

  8. @Christian, I mean the shorthand we use to denote Shakespeare productions using contemporary clothing. I can understand what these young folks are doing and I appreciate it to a degree, but modern dress lends itself to Richard the III being dressed as a fascist and things like that. I would say the topic might be controversial in some quarters. Maybe our resident thespian or some of our very knowledgeable reader may want to speak on the topic.

  9. @MAC I hate to hijack this thread, but any recommendations on where to shop for general menswear needs in the Midwest? I have been in Chicago for 13 years and I haven’t found the right place yet–I get most of my clothes from O’Connell’s or second-hand.

  10. Gabe
    I live in Kansas City. My guess is that you find yourself in the same boat, there is no one stop shopping anymore. I was on the Plaza saturday, all the old shops are now what I call “lean forward” trad. They all carry great shoes, Bill’s Khakis, Samuelson suits and jackets, etc, but you have to look hard at many places for the cream. O’connell’s is my go to shop, never disappointed.
    I remember when Chi-town had great shops, it’s my second favorite city to visit after Austin.

  11. Richard Meyer | November 26, 2013 at 7:09 am |

    There was a young cast from Nantucket…

  12. What does any of this have to do with FE Castleberry or AEV? Could we please get back to topic :)

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