Celebration Quotation – April 30, 2016

Today’s quote is from Timon of Athens:"Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy." Timon of Athens, Act III, Scene 5

Do you agree with the sentiment behind the line?  Does offering mercy and forgiveness actually make it more likely that crimes will be committed?

This is a subject of great interest to us, as one of our upcoming projects – a production of a play called The Amish Project – deals with the issue of offering forgiveness and grace in the face of a terrible crime.

As we could night find an illustration of the character who speaks the line – or even an illustration of a scene in which the line is spoken, the image we have chosen is a fun sketch of Shakespeare.  It’s a bit of a mystery – the Folger Library dates it as coming from the late 19th or early 20th century, and it’s signed by W,F. Kurze.  We could not find any reference online to an artist of that name.  The only possible connection is a 1925 book (available on Amazon): Plays Produced Under the Stage Direction of David Belasco, written by Belasco and William Winter, with Illustrations by a William F. Kurze.  David Belasco (1853-1931) was an American theatre impresario.   As the book and this drawing seem to have been created around the same time period, as well as the theatre connection, it would seem likely that W.F. Kurze and William F. Kurze are the same artist.  Even if we’re wrong, we still like this image of Shakespeare!

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection



Our Special Offer continues for at-the-door tickets to the last two performances of A Shakespeare Celebration at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  When you purchase your ticket, tell us that you saw this post – and the play the quote came from – and receive $5 off on your ticket!  Performances run tonight at 7:30 pm and tomorrow at 2:00 pm.