I for one don't think it's superfluous to sing Bill "Happy Birthday" nor does Julius Caesar, Richard III, or Henry IV (Parts I and II), that is, if they were still alive. The question should be: Why not celebrate the playwright who gave us beautiful sonnets, dramatic works and comedic plays? Even if his jokes aren't as funny now as they used to be--Love's Labor's Lost, anyone?--you can forgive him because both have been around for a long time. They have staying power.
This year on the Bard's birthday I'll be celebrating with five other authors reading from our books. My fellow writers represent the categories of poetic, dramatic and mysterious-steam punk-romantic. As for me, I'll be bringing the humor--Paris style--in an even Measure for Measure.
So if you find yourself in Burbank, California on Thursday, April 23 at 8 PM, come to Book'd in Burbank and revel in an evening of literary fun that has nothing to do with Shakespeare, except of course, the date. Plus, there will be tasty snacks, which as we all know, is just As You Like It.
Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! Hoping that All's Well That Ends Well!