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  The New American Shakespeare Tavern
August 13, 2015


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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 productions of the Bard to life.  Jeff and his company of actors have a passionate desire to speak the words as written to create a communion between actor and audience.  You must hear it to believe it – his words are worth a thousand pictures.

Contributing editor:  Lucy Freyer

 August 13, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Jul 142015

July  14, 2015


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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 happily talks communicating ideas (it is hard!), overcoming obstacles (boy did he!) and the unexpected beauty of Pericles (can you say reunited?).

Contributing Editor:  Lucy Freyer




 July 14, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Jun 162015

Mrs. Shakespeare
June  16, 2015


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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 here to follow along with the text.

Mrs. Shakespeare Theatre Play from Petr Stach on Vimeo.

 June 16, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
May 282015

Juliet’s Nurse
May  28, 2015


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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 for a delightful interview with the award-winning author of Juliet’s Nurse, the untold history of one of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters.

Click here to follow along with the Nurse’s speech from Act 1, Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet.

 May 28, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
May 152015

Teaching Will
May  16, 2015


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Could the greatest Macbeth you’ll ever see be performed by an 8-year old? When author Mel Ryane thought she had reached “the end of the road” as an actor, she decided to widen the road.  Find out what William Shakespeare and ten kids gave Mel Ryane that Hollywood couldn’t.

 May 15, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Apr 212015

 The Antaeus Company
April 21, 2015


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Bill Brochtrup joins the State of Shakespeare to talk the 99 seat theater plan and it’s future in Los Angeles, The Antaeus Company and the benefits of partner casting.

Antaeus is a cooperative theater ensemble founded to empower the actor and to bring classical theater to Los Angeles. The company exists to create a family of artists and audiences and is dedicated to exploring stories with enduring themes. Taking their company name from the Titan who gained strength by touching the Earth, Antaeus members — many of whom are familiar to film and television audiences — regain their creative strength by returning to the wellspring of their craft: live theater. Members of the company span a wide range of age, ethnicity and experience; they have performed on Broadway, at major regional theaters across the country, in film, television and on local stages, and are the recipients of numerous accolades including Tony, Los Angeles and New York Drama Critics Circle, Ovation, LA Weekly, and Back Stage Garland nominations and awards. Audiences, who never see an understudy due to Antaeus’ trademark “partner casting,” frequently return to see the same play in the hands of an equally excellent but very different set of actors.

 April 21, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Apr 092015 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS   Love’s Labor’s Won  Prologue War April 10, 2015      Why does everybody hate Rhetoric but love wordplay?  Scott Kaiser, author and Oregon Shakespeare Festival Director of Company Development, can’t repeat it often enough: take my epizeuxis please! Click here to follow along with the

 April 9, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Mar 192015 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Sonnet 65 Louis Colaianni Louis Colaianni on Sonnet 65 and how the miracle of language conquers time. Click here to follow along with the text. Click here for a scanned version of the text.

 March 19, 2015  Asides, Interviews
Mar 052015 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS   Romeo and Juliet  Prologue Prologue March, 2015    Louis Colaianni, co-author (with Cal Pritner) of How to Speak Shakespeare, takes us on the most delightful deconstruction of the famous “Two Households” prologue we’ve ever heard. Click here to follow along with the

 March 5, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Feb 262015 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS   “Hot and bold,” or “weak and cold?”  How “old” is Shakespeare’s English, really?  Louis Colaianni, Voice into Shakespeare professor at Yale University, has the answer.

 February 26, 2015  Asides