Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday in Wyoming -- November 2, 2016

Shakespeare in Wyoming?  Yes, indeed.  Not only was Jim Bridger, the famed mountain man, able to quote Shakespeare at length, but only six months after it was founded, the city of Cheyenne was the site of a production of "Othello."  Later, Edwin Booth, brother of -- you guessed it -- John Wilkes Booth, starred in a production of "Hamlet" at the Cheyenne Opera House.

With that history, is it any surprise that when the Folger Shakespeare Library arranged its fifty-state tour to celebrate the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's death by sending one of the famous First Folios on tour, Cheyenne was the Wyoming city selected to host it?

Here's a close-up picture of the First Folio, open to the well-known "to be, or not to be" scene from "Hamlet."

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