18 September, 2021

Pulp Bard

We love it when the Bard is honored. We love it even more when he’s honored in a cool, cool way. The Hollywood Frindge theater in Los Angeles has taken a decidedly awesome approach to honoring the Bard with its an Elizabethan re-imagining of Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 thriller, Pulp Fiction…without the potty language.

Actors Aaron Lyons and Dan White, perform as part of His Majesty’s Secret Players. They transformed Tarantino’s dialogue into iambic pentameter with perfect clarity, funny prose which lends strong authenticity to the piece. It doesn’t hurt that White sounds an awful lot like Samuel L. Jackson.

The theater sums up the idea of the play:

“Pulp Shakespeare” (or “A Slurry Tale”) is a reimagining of the cult film “Pulp Fiction” as if written by William Shakespeare. Set in Elizabethan England, this wildly entertaining play weaves the story of a pair of murderers, their boss’s alluring wife, and a desperate knight.

If you’ve ever wondered what some of the classic lines in “Pulp Fiction” would have sounded like four hundred years ago, now’s your chance to find out.

Check out a glimpse of the script here, which includes some seriously clever writing:

Why, fortune smiles
Upon you here this morn, for good King James
Commission’d poets for translation fair
To make for English ears an English writ.
I have committed to my memory
One verse that seems most trenchant to this pass.
‘Tis from the prophet call’d Ezekiel.
“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blesséd is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.”



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