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

  Love’s Labor’s Won  Prologue
April 10, 2015

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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 text.

Click here for a scanned version of the text.

 April 9, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Mar 192015

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

  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 text. Click here for the Second Quarto version. Click here for a scanned version of

 March 5, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Feb 262015

  “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
Feb 122015

  The Winter’s Tale  Act 3, Scene 2 Hermione February 11, 2015     How does an actor give voice to unspeakable grief?  Don’t fake the funk.   Jolly Abraham, appearing as Hermione in The Winter’s Tale at New York’s Pearl Theater, breathes life into Shakespeare’s most *ahem* “statuesque” heroine. The Winter’s Tale begins previews at the Pearl Theater on

 February 12, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts