My Top 7 Plays By Timeline

My Top 7 Plays By Timeline

Different authors, different nationalities, different periods, all created beautiful pieces.
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Because I really love all the titles below, I ordered them by the date of publication. It helps to keep the timeline as well, just in case you are planning to read one play from different periods.

1. "Antigone" by Sophocles (approx. 441 BC)

This is my favorite Greek tragedy. Not because of its plot (which is intriguing, especially for the audience of those times) but because of the character. Antigone is a strong woman, who will challenge the law, even the death, to do what she thinks is right and fair.

2. "As You Like It" by Shakespeare (1623)

I have a huge problem with deciding between "As You Like It" and "The Taming of the Shrew." Both are comedies that make me laugh for the situations and the characters, and they have been part of many modern adaptations and the inspiration to other famous movies like "10 Things I Hate About You" and "She's The Man."

3. "A Doll’s House" by Ibsen (1879)

Ibsen puts on the stage the story of many women’s lives. He exposes the struggle of being a "good" wife, and a "good woman." This is what I call bold. If you haven't read it, give it a chance; it will definitely move something inside you.

4. "The House of Bernarda Alba" by Garcia Lorca (1936)

Bernarda - just like the phonetic of her name - is a strong character, a Spanish widow who rules in a traditional house full of women. There are five sisters, daughters of Bernarda, and Lorca gives each character a problem and a desire; Bernarda will keep appearances of the family, but at what cost?

5. "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller (1949)

Enough about women - men also have their own struggles, and I bet many can feel a connection with Willy Loman and his family. Willy is a worker man, but he puts on himself a social pressure, the need to be what he isn’t. The other family members have their own problems, like keeping a secret, or living in the shadow of an older brother. Miller puts us in the house of a dysfunctional family, a real family.

6. "Incendies" by Wajdi Mouawad (2003)

A powerful play that narrates the story of Nawal and the difficulties (tragedies) that she has to overcome while living in the Middle East. The images that come from the scenes and dialogues are raw and sour, but Wajdi found the way to make them beautiful.


7. "D.N.A" by Dennis Kelly (2007)

Some people don’t like it, others do (which is my case). "D. N. A." has fun with the rhythm of each character. They are always moving; they always come from different places to the scene, and you can notice the differences between all the teenagers and how they deal with the tension in each scene.

I leave you with a quote from Waiting for Godot, hoping you read the whole piece:

ESTRAGON: Who believes him?

VLADIMIR: Everybody. It's the only version they know.

ESTRAGON: People are bloody ignorant apes.

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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The Royal Wedding Is Overrated And I Don't Care What You Think About It

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Don't get me wrong, I love weddings. I can't get enough of the beautiful white dresses, the floral arrangements, and of course, the wedding cakes. But I've always wondered, what's the big deal about Royal Weddings? I hate to break it to you, but for us Americans, there is none.

Think about it – we are thousands of miles away and we have a completely different political system. So why do we spend so much time focusing on an event that has zero impact on us as a country?

Over 200 years ago, Americans decided that the British monarchy system wasn't for them. In fact, it wasn't until July of 1981 that an estimated 750 million people tuned in to watch Lady Diana Spencer become the Princess of Wales. Even today, Royal Weddings continue to gain the attention of not only the British but from other countries around the world, including ours.

Granted, Princess Diana was considered the "People's Princess" and directly influenced American culture. Not to mention, she changed the way Americans viewed the Royal Family. And that's great and all, but Princess Diana was an anomaly. No other member of the Royal Family has garnered the popularity that could rival hers.

With this in mind, the attention surrounding the recent Royal Wedding is rather mind-boggling. Nielson reports that almost 30 million people tuned in to the wedding across 15 different broadcast and cable networks. To put this into perspective, that represents less than a tenth of all U.S. residents. Looking even further, this year's Super Bowl was watched by over 103 million viewers, making it the most-watched program so far this year. Simply put, the Royal Wedding was watched by many people, but not a substantial amount.

Yet this past weekend, Americans set their alarms and planned British themed parties to celebrate the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. I admit, I'm all about parties, but waking up at 4 am to watch two complete strangers getting married is a terrible use of your time. I don't know about you, but I'd rather be in bed.

And for those of you who think you "know" Meghan Markle because she's American, don't make me laugh. Sure, you might recognize her from the TV show "Suits," but that wasn't reason enough for me to watch.

Ladies and gentlemen, don't be fooled, the hype is not as big as it seems. A recent Huffington Post poll found that only 28% of Americans were interested in the Royal Wedding. Your time could be better spent ending world hunger or meeting the midnight deadline for your summer assignments. Sorry, not sorry.

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