A visual twist on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 134
through the eyes of a young conflicted mother who must repay
a debt to a childless mother-in-waiting.



A Red Rope® Productions film by Eddie Shieh created for The New York Shakespeare Exchange & The Sonnet Project New York where filmmakers are tasked to visualize all 154 Shakespeare sonnets using 154 unique actors in 154 New York City landmarks.









[Drama, 03:00 Mins, Canon 5Diii, Color, English] (Also available in German)
Story, Direction and Editing by Eddie Shieh
Written by William Shakespeare
Cinematography by Dave Giles
Original Score by Steven von Kampen
Starring Christiane Seidel, Anna Gutto, Sebastian Beacon and Baby Ben.
Voice by Christiane Seidel
Text Coaching by Emily Ernst
Produced by Eddie Shieh, Christiane Seidel, and Executive Producer, Ross Williams.
©2013 Red Rope Productions


“So now I have confessed that he is thine,
And I my self am mortgaged to thy will,
Myself I’ll forfeit, so that other mine
Thou wilt restore to be my comfort still:
But thou wilt not, nor he will not be free,
For thou art covetous, and he is kind;
He learned but surety-like to write for me,
Under that bond that him as fast doth bind.
The statute of thy beauty thou wilt take,
Thou usurer, that put’st forth all to use,
And sue a friend came debtor for my sake;
So him I lose through my unkind abuse.
Him have I lost; thou hast both him and me:
He pays the whole, and yet am I not free.”





Sonnet 134 is currently in festival contention










Mother & Son

Baby Ben

Mother Frozen

Mother Halts

Parents Relieved

End Shot




Christiane Seidel

CHRISTIANE SEIDEL is a New York based actress, recently known as Sigrid Mueller of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, the murderous Norwegian nanny-wife to rogue FBI agent, Nelson van Alden, played by Academy@ Nominated Actor Michael Shannon. Her TV debut was a guest star on Law & Order: SVU’s 12th season premiere. Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, to a Danish mother and German father who was a NATO fighter pilot, Christiane recently played the female lead on the German dark comedy, Schmidt’s Katze, for Südwestrundfunk (SWR), Germany. She is fluent in English, German, and Danish.[www.ChristianeSeidel.com]

Anna Gutto

ANNA GUTTO is a film director with a background in producing and acting. As an actor she has worked professionally in her native Norway and in New York. Anna’s stage debut was her portrayal of the innocent Solveig in Stein Winge’s production of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. She later went on to star as Rebecca West in Rosmersholm and Lady Anne in William Shakespeare’s Richard III and premiered the Jon Fosse’s Night Sings Its Songs for which The New York Times noted, “…a cast of five who is universally excellent!” Anna’s son Benjamin is featured as the baby in Sonnet 134. [www.AnnaGutto.com]

Sebastian Beacon

SEBASTIAN BEACON is an actor based in New York, originally hailing from the UK. He can be seen in film projects such as Taking Woodstock and Every Secret Thing, as well as on TV in Royal Pains and most recently Power. Sebastian has worked with Willem Dafoe, Jane Alexander, Jessica Chastain, Keifer Sutherland, Victor Garber and Dakota Fanning and many other outstanding performers. [www.SebastianBeacon.net]

Eddie Shieh

EDDIE SHIEH 謝宗楷 is a director and screenwriting member of the Writer’s Guild of America East and WGA Digital Caucus. His work has won Best Direction, Ensemble Cast, and Soundtrack, with numerous nominations for Best Film, Actor, Actress, and Music from Academy® Qualifying and international festivals. Eddie has been a distinguished nominee to the NBC Directing Fellowship, Fox Global Directors Initiative Fellowship, and O’Neill National Directing Fellowship programs. He is an alumnus of The Barrow Group Directing Workshops in New York led by the esteemed Seth Barrish, and the Professional Writer’s Boot Camp where after his first dramatic feature screenplay sold in 2010. His passion for storytelling stems from an award-winning career as an advertising agency creative director. [www.EddieShieh.tv]



Director’s Statement

I wish to thank the New York Shakespeare Exchange, and Executive Director, Ross Williams, for creating the Sonnet Project. And allowing me to create Sonnet 134. The Sonnet Project is a wonderful initiative for filmmakers to visualize all of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, each using a unique actor and landmark location through out New York City.

The Sonnet Project team has been dedicated and true in preserving Shakespeare’s text. Yet still allowing reasonable creative expression and interpretation.

Our location was under the Bruckner Expressway in the South Bronx.

As a director, I enjoy employing twists and different perspectives. However the idea of altering the love triangle between Shakespeare, his best friend, and the woman they love in Sonnet 134, was not on purpose.

Inspired the location, the image of two women, perhaps relatives, face to face in a different kind of situation was immediate. I was lucky to have assembled a talented and cooperative cast including our star, Baby Benjamin, who was only several months old. Still, we were on baby time and fortunate to film everything I needed between naps.

We hope you enjoy Sonnet 134 and look into the Sonnet Project NYC.



August 4, 2014
Sonnet #134: Engaging interpretation that adds value during and afterwards

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