|Chloe Buse on the set of "The Earl of Oxford's March -- Remixed!"|
Julie Bianchi, chair of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship's "Who Wrote Shakespeare?" video-contest committee, announced the $1000 award on October 2, 2020 at the SOF virtual Shakespeare Authorship Symposium, broadcast from the August Family Vinyards in Napa County, California.
Buse said, "I was watching the symposium live, along with my family members who are in the video, and all of us were thrilled!"
Earl of Oxford’s March Remixed
by Greg Buse
Well let me introduce myself,
I’m Edward de Vere.
You might know me better
By the pen name, Shake-speare.
My people are the oldest
British nobles in the mix.
We came with Will.i.am the Conqueror
I was maxin’ and relaxin’
outside Castle Hedingham,
when a couple ’a things
went down with my fam.
So, I was raised in William Cecil’s house—
that guy was stiff as wood.
Satirized him as Polonious
as only I could.
He had a big library
and a daughter named Anne,
and he was pretty much Elizabeth’s
Game of Thrones Hand.
I was married to his daughter,
Ophelia — I mean Anne.
It was kinda rough and rocky
and before too long I ran —
to travel Italy and France,
knew the languages, of courses.
That’s how I read the untranslated works
that were my sources!
And while I was in Venice,
saw a painting of Adonis.
And just like in the poem I wrote,
he wore a little bonnet.
And on my way back home,
like Hamlet, set upon by pirates.
Left me naked on the beach like him.
This isn’t rocket science.
At Gad’s Hill my mates and I
robbed the queen’s receivers,
just like in Henry 4, Part One.
And you’re still non-believers?
The “bed trick” has now become
Well, it was pulled on me
and it’s in four of my plays!
Got a thousand pound annuity
from “Q.E. One.”
That’s like a million bucks a year today,
that’s right, son.
Didn’t have to account
For what I did with the money.
So, let me fill you in
‘Cause it may seem kinda funny.
At Fisher’s Folly gathered
Mentored Lyly, Munday, Nashe, and Greene,
A playwriting blitz!
Led a literary movement,
Brought the Renaissance to Britain,
Revitalized the language
with the plays that I had written.
Taught Brits about their his’try,
bolstered national pride,
at a time with queen and country
under threat from all sides.
Wrote the plays, poems, and sonnets.
Didn’t even get beheaded.
“Name be buried where my body is”
‘Coz I don’t need no credit.
Nothing is Truer than Truth, witches.
Witch 1: Why’s he always gotta drag us into it?
Witch 2: I dunno. But it’s hurtful.
Witch 1: It really is. (DANCE BREAK!)
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