A Tribute to Hip-Hop and Shakespeare's Othello "When the Knight Fell" Part - 1: Clear's Rise
Author: Christopher Simmons
“When the Knight Fell” is a literary version of the modern musical. Follow characters Clear, Ego, Cash and Diamond on a theatrical odyssey inspired by the fictional tragedies of the Shakespeare cast Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio and Desdemona. Perceptions of race, class and societal norms are all challenged here. Imagine Othello reincarnated as a white minority navigating through the predominantly African American hip-hop community and culture of today. This book pays homage to a classic piece of literature by sparking our imagination and expanding our perspective. Author Christopher Gary Simmons elevates his unique style of spoken-word poetics by combining the story telling of William Shakespeare with the broken English of Langston Hughes. The rhythmic production used throughout the audiobook enhances the reading experience, creating a profound tribute to lyricists everywhere and our memory of the character Othello. This innovative project will move readers to connect with Shakespeare’s dramatic tale while being transported blissfully to a new level of melodic expression.