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Shakespeare on Instagram?

Actor Michael Urie performs lines from Hamlet on Instagram

Twitter is designed for users to explore the human condition in 140 characters or less–either that or let folks know what you had for lunch. Forget the eyes being the window to the soul. Instagram is a window into your life–or possibly just a way to post gratuitously vain selfies.

Though the digital age may seem completely contrary to the works of Shakespeare, The New York Times wants to see how today’s tech kids interpret the bard’s work.  The paper is challenging high school students to submit performances of lines from Hamlet, using the popular social network, Instagram.  That means contestants have 15 seconds, the maximum length of an Instagram video, to portray something rotten in the state of Denmark.   Even if your child doesn’t want to enter the contest, it’s a creative way to be thinking of Shakespeare, learn the value of short prose and perhaps suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

Check out actor Michael Urie’s brief, but stirring, Instagram performance below for inspiration.