Jan 282016

  Hamlet Act 1, Scene 2
January 28, 2016

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Just out of High School, Xavier Pacheco represents the future of Shakespeare.  Bright, insightful and articulate, Pacheco holds forth on what Shakespeare offers high school students, how to approach the English Speaking Union Shakespeare competition and why Shakespeare is still important in the modern age.

Video of Xavier performing at the English Speaking Union NYC Finals.

Click here for a modern version of the text.

Click here for Xavier Pacheco’s version of the text.

Click here for a First Folio version of the text.

Click here for a Scanned Version of the text.

Click here for a bio of Melissa Friedman and Epic Theatre Ensemble.

 January 28, 2016  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Dec 152015

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December 15, 2015


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More than fun and games?  Valedictorian Xavier Pacheco challenges your assumptions about STEM and the value of Arts in education.  Hear how Shakespeare and the Epic Theatre Ensemble changed one student’s life.

 December 15, 2015  Artists, Asides, Interviews
Nov 302015

  Othello Act 5, Scene 2
November 30, 2015

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From Henrietta Vinton Davis to Paul Robeson to The Harlem Shakespeare Festival, African American Shakespeare has a long rich history. Debra Ann Byrd, the delightful HSF Founding Artistic Director, continues the tradition with an all-female production of Othello that hit the stage this November. She shares with us her inspiration for taking on this most racially and sexually charged of Shakespeare’s plays, and giving it such a radical twist.

Click here to follow along with the text.

Click here for a scanned version of the text.

Contributing editor:  Lucy Freyer

 November 30, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Nov 052015

  Twelfth Night Act 2, Scene 5
November 5, 2015

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Talk about cross-gartered!  Ted Lewis delivers a double dose of acting agility, dealing dueling versions of Malvolio’s boxtree speech.  A delightful insight into the process of a member of Eric Tucker’s Bedlam, one of the hottest theater companies in New York City.

Click here to follow along with the text.

Contributing editor:  Lucy Freyer

 November 5, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Oct 012015

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Rave reviews in both The New York Times and Wall Street Journal for Nance Williamson, currently appearing in the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Eric Tucker, playing at the Pearl Theater.  Click here for more information.

Contributing editor:  Lucy Freyer

 October 1, 2015  Artists, Asides, Interviews
Sep 102015

  Romeo and Juliet  Act 3, Scene 3
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September 10, 2015

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Inspired by Joseph Papp, Ralf Jean Pierre, aka “The Spearbearer,” traveled over 4000 miles across the United States by bicycle.  His quest: bring Shakespeare to the people, and find out whether he could create an audience literally anyplace.  From corner auto body shops to exclusive country clubs to the halls of academe, Ralf put his populist theory to the test – and discovered something surprising along the way.

Click here to follow along with the text.

Click here for a scanned version of the text.

 September 10, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Aug 132015

http://media.blubrry.com/stateofshakespeare/p/www.stateofshakespeare.com/TSS/Media/JeffWatkins.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS  The New American Shakespeare Tavern August 13, 2015       Three is the charm!  After a cat and mouse game with three media giants, Jeff Watkins has spent the last 25 years bringing Shakespeare to Atlanta.  The New American Shakespeare Tavern is dedicated to bringing Original Practice

 August 13, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Jul 142015

http://media.blubrry.com/stateofshakespeare/p/www.stateofshakespeare.com/TSS/Media/RayChambers.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPericles July  14, 2015     Bored aboard a boat during a tempest, a young Ray Chambers discovered Shakespeare and set sail on a lifelong journey.  Now the Head of Acting at the University of San Diego / Old Globe Graduate Acting Program, he

 July 14, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Jun 162015

http://media.blubrry.com/stateofshakespeare/p/www.stateofshakespeare.com/TSS/Media/IreneKelleher.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSMrs. Shakespeare June  16, 2015     Irene Kelleher is lighting up the festival circuit with Mrs. Shakespeare, a play that critics are calling “demented, brilliant and totally necessary.”  Is it a one-woman homage to the Bard (Bard-ette?) or is it redemption for some of Shakespeare’s famously underwritten heroines?  See video below! Click

 June 16, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
May 282015

http://media.blubrry.com/stateofshakespeare/p/www.stateofshakespeare.com/TSS/Media/LoisLeveen.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSJuliet’s Nurse May  28, 2015   Pop quiz: to whom does Juliet speak most of her lines? Surprise – it’s not Romeo.  Hint: she’s a funny, bawdy woman with a vibrant imagination and a lust for life. If you guessed “Lois Leveen,” you’re in

 May 28, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts