Nov 182014

  Billy Shakespeare – The Movie
November 17, 2014


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What if William Shakespeare were alive and writing today?  For writer/director/producer Deborah Voorhees, this curious question led to a feature length film.  Billy Shakespeare – The Movie is an irreverent tale about a modern day Shakespeare.  The film trifles with Shakespeare’s sexuality, slings arrows at his misogyny and toys with the term “lack-beard”.  Join the fun from inspiration to final cut on this episode of the State of Shakespeare.

Links to Billy Shakespeare – The Movie.



 November 18, 2014  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Oct 062014

  Sonnet 29
October 6, 2014


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“The words you talk, that’ll be the words you walk”  Devon Glover is spreading the Shakespeare word in a unique and refreshingly new way.  As The Sonnet Man, Devon is introducing Shakespeare to students by turning the Sonnets into hip hop masterpieces.  Putting Shakespeare to a beat connects young students to the text and teaches them about the verse at the same time.  It all adds up to one amazing interview as he discusses and performs Sonnet 29.

Click here to follow along with the text.

Click here for a scanned version of the text.

Links to The Sonnet Man:

 October 6, 2014  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Sep 042014

         Dr. Paul Prescott
Dr. Paul Edmondson
September 5, 2014

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It’s a British Invasion!  Dr. Paul Edmondson and Dr. Paul Prescott have realized a true Shakespeare Midsummer dream.

‘Shakespeare on the Road’ is the story of Shakespeare in contemporary North America told through an epic road trip in the summer of 2014.   In July and August, the team visited a range of Shakespeare festivals across the length and breadth of the US and Canada. Over 60 days, they traveled roughly 10,000 miles, saw dozens of Shakespeare productions and met hundreds of the people who – year in, year out – make Shakespeare happen across the continent.  Join us to hear the story of this fantastic journey of discovery and entertainment.

Click here to visit the official Shakespeare on the Road website.


 September 4, 2014  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Aug 212014

Richard III     Act 4, Scene 4
Richard III
August 21, 2014

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What do Frank Underwood and Oscar Pistorius have in common?  The answer:  Richard III.  Recently returned from a turn as the famously crippled monarch, Actor Drew Cortese digs down to the bones of this rhetorical monster.   Drew descants on his process, the art of  laying the plot one word at a time, and how to avoid louring in the role after the curtain falls.  Come caper with us through the most unlikely seduction in Shakespeare’s cannon (hint: it isn’t the “Lady Anne” scene!)

Click here to follow along with the text.

Click here to follow along with the  Drew Cortese version of the text.

Click here for a First Folio version of the text.

Click here for a scanned version of the text.

 August 21, 2014  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Aug 152014


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Why do most audiences look frighteningly homogenous, and why should we be alarmed?  Actor Drew Cortese makes an impassioned plea for diversity in theater.   How will embracing a wider view of the world we live in today inform the way we tell stories, and what fate awaits us if we fail?

 August 15, 2014  Asides, Interviews
Jul 282014

Much Ado About Nothing     Act 4, Scene 1
July 28, 2014

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What means the word Honor in a world of lies and broken promises? Rebecca Watson straps on her armor and drops one of the deadliest ultimatums in the history of the war of the sexes.  It’s the delicious “Kill Claudio” zinger from Act 4, Scene 1 of Much Ado About Nothing.  Man up!

Click here to follow along with the text.

 July 28, 2014  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Jul 012014
Grant Goodman

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Twelfth Night    Act 1, Scene 1 Duke Orsino July 1, 2014      “High fantastical?”  What in Illyria is that supposed to mean?  We pack our gypsy trunk and catch up with Grant Goodman to find out.  Come along as we hop a mid stop, ride the text and listen

 July 1, 2014  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Jun 112014
Jason O'Connell

Podcast: Play in new window | Download All’s Well that Ends Well     Act 4, Scene 3 Parolles June 12, 2014    “Holy Parolles!” How do you make an audience fall in love with Shakespeare’s most irreverent, blasphemous and despicable characters?  Fusing his modern sensibility with an innate feel for the text, mad comic genius Jason O’Connell

 June 11, 2014  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
May 282014
Erin Partin

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Tempest Ariel Act III, Scene iii & Various Speeches May 14, 2014     “Was’t well done?” Erin Partin, a familiar face at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, forges into the fantastical world of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.    When magician and sprite tangle, whose humanity is at stake?  Fun ensues

 May 28, 2014  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
May 152014
Create your own Work!

Podcast: Play in new window | Download   Giving deeper meaning to the concept of Networking, Actor Rebecca Watson reveals what it takes and how far she is willing to go to pursue roles.   Touching on professional behavior and her own gambits, Ms. Watson is relentless when it comes to finding work. Like this:Like Loading…

 May 15, 2014  Asides
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