William Shakespeare brings you . . . Terminator the Second

Nothing could be better than a reboot of Terminator 2, written in the Elizabethan English that Shakespeare spoke. You know you want to see it. This summer, with your help, a theater company will stage Terminator the Second.


The project is the brainchild of Husky Jackal, a theater company in Nashville, Tennessee, full of people who are fans of great popular culture through the ages . . . including the great works of Shakespeare and Cameron. Now you can help make their dreams come true by supporting the production via Kickstarter.

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The Husky Jackal crew writes:

We adhered to strict guidelines regarding the usage of Shakespeare's works. Each line and phrase is taken directly from folios printed by or before 1685, and many extended sections of dialogue are composed of individual lines from separate works. Only proper nouns and pronouns were subject to change, as dictated by the plot. In these instances, all proper nouns are supplanted only by pronouns or other proper nouns, and all pronouns by other pronouns. In some cases, corresponding verb tenses are modified. These practices enabled us to accurately retell the story of Terminator 2: Judgment Day while remaining true to the words of Shakespeare in form (if less so in intent) . . . You'd be amazed by how perfectly the themes so pervasive in Shakespeare's plays lend themselves to the story of the Terminator: horrific prophecies, charges of madness, the terror of an implacable enemy, the fierceness of a mother's love for her son . . . We've broken down our budget item for item, and $3,000 is on the low end of our potential operating range. And that's rehearsing in a warehouse that doubles as a moped co-op. Our hope is to raise enough to build a production that's not only memorable, but portable. If the audience is there, we'd love to expand our reach to meet them.

They've reached their funding goal, and now are just working on getting more so that they can go beyond their originally-projected shoestring budget. If they get enough cash over the next three days, they promise they'll try to include a helicopter chase! Donate at Kickstarter.

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