In PLAY THE FOOL, Laurence Gardiner works as a Stage Manager for a production of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, and it’s going as well as you would expect with no money and a cast of loud, clashing personalities. When he is pulled by a ghost (there’s always a ghost) into the world of Shakespeare’s Venice, he embodies the character of Launcelot the Fool, and immediately falls in lust with Shylock’s daughter, Jessica. He discovers that she is a pawn in a dramatic conspiracy to overthrow the Venetian government. As Laurence, with a lot of vision but no voice, he must right the sinking ship that is the play: as Launcelot, he must save Jessica from certain death.
It's the first night of Chanukah, and Natalie returns to her parents home after a prolonged absence. But as the candles burn low, past demons come to play. It's supposed to be the Festival of Light, but as Natalie confronts a past, there is only darkness.
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He tried being a man. He tried being a mouse. Today, he'll be a tree.
In Virgil's Aeneid, the hero Aeneas goes into the Underworld, as heroes are wont to do. Learning what he needs to learn, he and the Sibyl, his guide, come to two gates that would take them out of the Underworld.
There are two gates of sleep. The one, they say,
In honour of the hero's return through the gate of "false dreams", I submit in this collection of short stories tales of trickery and wonder: where the human will to thrive in a cruel world is tested against the mettle of six-foot pigeons; where our image-driven society crashes against a hermit's shores; where a guy down on his luck is shown just how small he is in the grand scheme of things.
These stories cast light on the search for a fulfilling life, but the light bounces off polished ivory.
Alex Benarzi is fascinated by those small absurdities that colour the would we live in. He strives to shine into the cracks of the sidewalks over which we so often carelessly tread.