Hey, I'm reading Ryan North's "Romeo and/or Juliet" right now, and I believe you once mentioned that you taught some Shakespeare to high school kids. Are you familiar with this piece of work? Because, while it is stupid and hilarious, I think it is occasionally insightful, and perhaps even helpful in putting things into a truly modern framework.
Although, I must say, my favorite phrase comes from when Romeo crashed the Capulet party and was cruising the dance floor (on the lookout for babes to help him forget about Rosaline) to the "crushing beats of a block-rocking mandolin and harpsichord ensemble."
Anyway, if haven't heard, it's a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure "Romeo and Juliet" with much of the actual poetry and dialog lifted directly from Shakespeare, and it's awesome.