In researching death, a reporter finds a surprise: "Yes, it would have been great to hear Mozart playing live. Or maybe watch Shakespeare putting on a show. But until recently, life for most people was nasty, brutish and above all —short."
Back in the 17th century, there was a move to create rules for English, based on Latin. The man behind it, poet John Dryden, thought that Shakespeare and others had turned English into an unruly mess. Dryden failed to establish an English "academy" to impose rules. And that failure may have helped make English the worldwide language it is today.
If you look at theater today, you'll find works that are either very old or relatively new, but not much in between. Few of the plays being performed date from the time between Shakespeare's death almost 400 years ago and the late 19th century. But there are great plays — and they are full of sex, treachery, ambition and passion.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Navy Reservist Tyrus Lemerande and his wife, Amy, who together manage the Knighthorse Theatre Company. During his recent deployment to Afghanistan, Ty brought his one-man Shakespeare show to troops in Kabul.
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