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Federal Government Spent Almost $100K on Silent Shakespeare

By    |   Monday, 20 Jul 2015 03:15 PM

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has spent almost $100,000 to fund productions of Shakespeare's plays without any words.

The NEA, along with the Virginia Commission for the Arts, has helped produce the bard's plays at the Synetic Theater in Arlington, Va., The Washington Free Beacon is reporting.

In 2013, the Virginia Commission, which is funded by the NEA, gave the Synetic Theater $60,700. The NEA gave the theater $20,000 to produce "The Tempest." The Virginia Commission gave the theater $15,000 in 2014 for a "movement-based wordless performance" of "Twelfth Night."

The silent Shakespeare productions were recently slammed by James Bovard in an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal, saying that "the latest Shakespeare fashion, at least in the Washington area, is to invite people to a feast of language and serve nothing but grunts, grimaces and grins — with a few gyrations thrown in for dessert."

The Silent Shakespeare plays have actually been in production for about a dozen years at the Synetic Theater, which is run by a couple from Soviet Georgia who want to make Shakespeare "very accessible" by using pantomimes, acrobatics, and special effects.

While Bovard argus that "omitting words allows Synetic to finish Shakespeare plays in barely half the time they often require … flips and twists cannot suffice for nouns and verbs."

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has spent almost $100,000 to fund productions of Shakespeare's plays without any words.
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