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Oct 11, 2013 | 1 comment

Charlie as The Pedant in The Taming of the Shrew

Charlie, the Writer

This morning’s email brought me the following present – a mini-sonnet written in iambic pentameter by my son, Charlie:

In Oysterville there stands an old white house
That people come from miles around to see.
Within live Sydney Stevens and her spouse,
Who keep alive the region’s history.
What Espy could have known this little girl
Would spring from such fair oyster such a pearl?

It was composed in response to my small donation to the Theatricum Botanicum’s fund-raising effort.  Charlie had pledged to write sonnets for any of his FaceBook friends who would make a pledge toward this non-profit theater company’s 2013 goal of $400,000 for their 40th anniversary year.  The bulk of the funding is earmarked for educational opportunities for young theater hopefuls.

Copy of Sydney, August 8, 1942

Sydney, the Pearl

As promised, my sonnet appeared first on Charlie’s own FaceBook page with this introduction:
“Here’s the one I wrote for my mom’s donation:

And with this additional explanation:
(The family name is pronounced ESS-pee. My mom writes books for the University of Washington Press and others on regional history.) A 6-line iambic pentameter mini-sonnet like this one is yours for a $35 donation to The Theatricum Botanicum at the link below, and $75 buys you a full-length 14-line sonnet.”

The link:

As a member of the Theatricum Company, Charlie’s goal is to raise $2,000 toward the greater effort.  Help him out and you, too, can have your very own “Shakespearean Sonnet” composed and produced by my Emmy-winning (for “Pinky and the Brain”) son, Charles M. Howell, IV.

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Very cool to have a talented son who considers you a pearl!


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