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    Re: Trump is DOOMed

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    Yes, that's good, no problem at all, except Hamlet has to call the skull that of Yorick. He can't say Barack. He has to use the words written in the script, it's a convention. Hamlet can draw all the parallels that can be drawn between Yorick, a jester of infinite variety, and Barack Obama, and as your mock-up photo shows the production can even leave enough skin and hair to make the skull look like the ex-President. If it adds meaning and revelation to the text then it's a stunningly good idea. Like portraying Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump clone to see how the scripted words shift their implications. Julius Caesar and Donald Trump are both leaders of Republics after all, both eager to exercise the power of office and both being thwarted by other Republicans. What the NYC cast didn't do was to use the words Donald or Trump on stage, just like Hamlet can't say Barack.

    To get an audience to hear Hamlet ask "Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar?" while they're thinking of Barack Obama has the potential to add to the possible range of implications each of the audience members imagines. That's what theater is, a roomful of audience members each reacting in their own minds to what they're seeing and hearing. Nothing else in the auditorium matters.

    I think using a representation of a decayed skull of Barack Obama in the graveyard scene in Hamlet is worth trying. It would be even more exciting if Barack Obama and his family were invited to attend and went. I can't see him having the slightest objection to it, I actually think he'd regard it as a peculiar honor. Why not.
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    It's probably the most misquoted Shakesperian line, anyway. It should be "Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio. I knew him well - a fellow of infinite jest...."

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