Jul 272017

Untitled   Utah Shakespeare Festival 

July 26, 2017



What is the future of Shakespeare?  Brian Vaughn, the Artistic Director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival talks to us about the new developments at the USF, how current events might affect Shakespeare Festivals and what he looks for in an actor.  With Mr. Vaughn at the helm, the future looks bright.

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Jun 202017

Untitled   Illinois Shakespeare Festival 
I Heart Juliet 

June 20, 2017



Kevin Rich is on the move.  As the Artistic Director of The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Kevin’s commitment to Applied Shakespeare has inspired him to seek out new and bold voices, including the Q Brothers Collective.  The Q’s will be premiering I Heart Juliet at the ISF this summer.  What surprises are in store?  Kevin has the answers.

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May 242017

Untitled   Richard II; Act 5, Scene 5 
Richard II 

May 24, 2017



Is there a message of hope in the words that King Richard II speaks to us from his prison cell in the Tower of London?  Our guest, Curt Tofteland, is the Founder of the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare Behind Bars program.  In 22 years at the helm of SBB, Curt has discovered three noble truths:  Humans need a Tribe, Humans need a Story and Humans need to Reflect.  Using Shakespeare, Curt teaches the prisoners these truths and the question arises: did Shakespeare do any time?

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original drawing by Michael Arthur

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Mar 312017

   Unearthing ShakespeareUntitled
March 31, 2017




Dig it.  Valerie Clayman Pye discovered the Globe as a student in London.  Years later, she has unearthed a way of playing Shakespeare that is fit for the ages.  From the stage to the audience and back again in her elliptical training and direct address techniques.

Valerie Clayman Pye will be holding a discussion and signing at the Drama Book Shop in New York City on Wednesday, May 17th at 5pm.

Her book is available at Amazon.

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Feb 082017

   Timon of Athens Act 4, Scene 3Untitled

 February 8, 2017



Claim it.  It’s yours.  If Timon of Athens is a perfect play for these frighteningly uncertain times, who would you cast to play Apemantus?  In a world where cynics and flatterers seem to rule the day, Vilma Silva sends a message of hope.

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Contributing Editor:  Andres Montejo


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Dec 232016

UntitledMacbeth Act 5, Scene 5
 December 23, 2016



James Shapiro had no interest in Shakespeare in high school and never took a Shakespeare course at college.  Today, the author of 1606: William Shakespeare in the Year of Lear, has a legitimate claim to be recognized as one of world’s foremost Shakespeare scholars.

Shakespeare’s heroes almost always get a last great speech.  Not so with Macbeth.  When Equivocation rules the land, nothing is as it seems.  In our interview, Professor Shapiro explores the details of Macbeth, the world in which it was written and we discover how Mr. Shapiro came to devote his life to helping people understand Shakespeare’s plays – and why they matter today.

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Nov 292016

http://media.blubrry.com/stateofshakespeare/p/www.stateofshakespeare.com/TSS/Media/TyJones.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMacbeth Act 1, Scene 7 Macbeth  November 11, 2016   “Unsexy” and “middle-class” are not words you would naturally associate with Ty Jones, the actor and Producing Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem.   But when it comes to his vision for

Oct 072016

http://media.blubrry.com/stateofshakespeare/p/www.stateofshakespeare.com/TSS/Media/DellaQuercia.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLicense to Quill Novel  October 6, 2016      Shaken, not Stirred.  Was Shakespeare involved in a treasonous conspiracy to bring down the British monarch?  Our guest, author and historian Jacopo Della Quercia, spins a fantastical yarn that places Shakespeare at the center

Aug 152016

http://media.blubrry.com/stateofshakespeare/p/www.stateofshakespeare.com/TSS/Media/HamiltonClancy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHenry VI, Part 3  Act 3, Scene 2 Richard of Gloucester  August 15, 2016   The pursuit of…. Hamilton Clancy, Artistic Director of The Drilling Company and Shakespeare in the Parking Lot relates Richard of Gloucester’s pursuit of the crown with, among other things, the

Jul 202016

http://media.blubrry.com/stateofshakespeare/p/www.stateofshakespeare.com/TSS/Media/OliverasWilliamson.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMacbeth  Act 1, Scene 7 Macbeth  July 20, 2016     Something wicked this way comes!  Maria-Christina Oliveras and Nance Williamson are two-thirds of a three woman Macbeth playing at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.  They explore how Macbeth’s “vaulting ambition” resonates today, the