Why do hipsters love Shakespeare?

Why do hipsters love Shakespeare?

photo from kottke.org

If you are feeling like some Shakespeare (or Shakespeare inspired), like right now, you are in luck. NYC is in the middle of a Shakesplosion, check it out:

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Julie Taymor’s latest. It’s got fairies and lovers. It’s in Brooklyn.
$20 #tickets
Theatre for a New Audience
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
thru Jan 12
Romeo and Juliet
With Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. The greatest love story… or tragedy?
$20 #studenttickets
Richard Rogers Theatre
Midtown Manhattan
Macbeth
With Ethan Hawke. What happens when we are willing to kill to get ahead?
$32 #tickets
Vivian Beaumonte Theatre
Upper West Side, Manhattan
thru Jan 12
Twelfth Night // Richard III
Coming from London. It has Mark Rylance. Two shows in the same theatre, alternating times. Both plays performed by the same group of guys. Yeah, even the guys play the girls roles.
$25 #tickets
Belasco Theatre
Midtown Manhattan
Hamlet
Four actors tackle the 20+ roles in Hamlet. So much angst: “To be or not to be.”
$25 #studenttickets
Lynn Redgrave Theatre
NOHO, Manhattan
thru Mar 2
A Piece of Work: A Machine-made Hamlet
“Based on a sophisticated algorithm that generates a new version of the play nightly”
$20 #tickets
BAM Fisher-Fishman Space
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Dec 18-21
Antony and Cleopatra
“Set in the late 1700s against the backdrop of Saint-Domingue, on the eve of the Haitian Revolution against the French”
$25 #studenttickets and $20 #rushtickets
Public Theater
NOHO, Manhattan
Feb 18-Mar 23
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
“An uproarious world of drunkards and wine drenched parties, depressive noblemen and dueling musicians, idiots and veteran jesters, religious zealots and erotic misunderstandings”
Abrons Arts Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Feb 4-23
King Lear
Classic tale of a mad old man. Can you put a price on love? Should you?
Theatre for a New Audience
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Mar 14-May 4
Richard III
National Theatre of China’s production
NYU Skirball Center
West Village, Manhattan
June