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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! FSC Executive Director, Marshall Carby, on Shakespeare and Friendship


Valentine’s Day is usually seen as a day to focus on romantic relationships. I’m lucky to share an unbelievable relationship with my spouse, Sarah. She is my favourite individual on the earth and the individual I’m fortunate to spend my life with every day. While I might go on at size concerning the relationship I’ve with romantic love, and the way it pertains to Shakespeare, right this moment I’ll focus on a unique sort of relationship and love, FRIENDSHIP!  

To me, true friendships are one of the highly effective issues on the earth. We usually see the impression of friendship in Shakespeare’s performs such because the bond between Hamlet and Horatio, Rosalind and Celia, Helena and Hermia, and Romeo and Mercutio.  Some of those friendships result in pleasure, others to tragedy. Loyalty is a standard theme.  The textual content will both uphold the bond or devastatingly divide the 2. I discover this historically takes one among two paths.  In choice one, the viewers witnesses a second of maximum pleasure earlier within the play. Establishing the connection between the 2 characters early makes it extra painful when the bond is damaged later within the play.  Option two is extra reflective and usually happens when a personality recounts a previous relationship fondly.  One nice instance of Shakespeare’s view on friendship is seen in Richard II Act 2, Scene 3 —

Bolingbroke: I thank thee, mild Percy, and make certain I rely myself in nothing else so glad as in a soul rememb’ring my good buddies, and as my fortune ripens with thy love, it shall be nonetheless thy real love’s recompense.  My coronary heart this covenant makes, my hand thus seals it.

Bolingbroke’s feedback on friendship might resonate with many individuals, I do know they do for me. Specifically, working in theatre, I’ve fashioned many superb friendships. During rehearsals, different artists see your most susceptible and genuine self.  Allowing your self to entry uncooked emotions exterior of your most trusted internal circle usually result in new friendships.  Over the years, I’ve been honored to make many significant and lasting friendships which have added love and assist to my life. I want I might identify each good friend I’ve ever had, however for time’s sake, I’ll point out two buddies who I maintain close to and pricey to my coronary heart, Bill and Jimmy. 

The three of us meet working on a manufacturing of Anything Goes eight years in the past.  We grew to become quick buddies, bonding over many issues all of us get pleasure from, theatre, seafood, soccer, and a great giggle.  Over the years, we now have gotten to know one another’s households, shared in successes, and been there to navigate a few of the tough components of life. I need to agree with Bolingbroke, I rely myself in nothing else so glad as in a soul rememb’ring my good buddies

This Valentine’s Day I encourage you to consider the closest friendships you may have and attain out to those great individuals. These are the loyal and reliable individuals you retain shut.  I like to think about them as “the family you choose.” I hope you’re lucky to have buddies like Jimmy and Bill. Happy Valentine’s Day everybody. 

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