William Shakespeare turned 451 years old on April 23, and Brookdale faculty honored the occasion with a series of events on the Lincroft campus. In the afternoon, Brookdale English Professor James Cody joined English and Writing Division Dean Carl Calendar and dozens of colleagues and students for a “Shakespeare Flash Mob” in Larrison Hall.
Volunteers, many of whom were dressed in Shakespearean garb, gathered on the first and second floors to collectively act out the famed balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet.”
In the evening Cody hosted the college’s annual Shakespeare Read-A-Thon.
Dozens of faculty, students and community members came together in the Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theater to read from the Bard’s works for a continuous 90 minutes.
This year’s theme was Shakespearean villains, causing many to come dressed as Iago, Cornwall and other despicable characters from the playwright’s catalog.
“The read-a-thon motivates people to try out their reading and acting skills, but more so to conquer their apprehension over Shakespeare’s language,” said Cody. “It demonstrates that Shakespeare can be fun.”