Friday, March 22, 2013

Shakespeare—Literally Shakespeare—In A Different World

"The Power of the Pen." By Jasmine Guy. Perf. Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, and Dawnn Lewis. Dir. Debbie Allen. A Different World. Season 3, episode 13. NBC. 18 February 1990.

I recently read about this episode of A Different World—a spin-off of The Cosby Show.

In this episode, Dwayne Wayne, an engineering student, has to write a poem for one of his classes.  He suffers writer's block, falls asleep, and has a dream—or is it a dream?—in which Shakespeare gives him some advice about writing.

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Links: The Episode at IMDB.

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