Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has been hosting ‘Nerd Night’ Shakespeare-themed events for fans in Los Angeles theatres, with productions or cinematic adaptations of the English playwright’s work. Most recently, Cuomo hosted a screening of Antony and Cleopatra.
Cuomo said of Shakespeare: “He shows me what’s possible with language. Obviously, none of us can try to emulate him. But it’s inspiring to know how much power you can wield with words.”
“We don’t know much about his creative process, but I’ve read enough to know this specific example of a way I’ve taken something from him: He worked with sources a lot. In fact, I think only one of his plays —A Midsummer Night’s Dream — was an original story. He would read these history stories and combine different plots.”
“In the case of this play [‘Antony and Cleopatra’], that whole speech by Enobarbus about ‘the poop was beaten gold’ — that description of Cleopatra that’s so beautiful — he really lifted a lot of that from a different source. I’ve read the original. So it’s inspiring to know that even Shakespeare needed to rely on the work of people before him. That gives me license to do the same.”