Feb 262015
 

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“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
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February 11, 2015

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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 10th and runs through March 15th.  Click here for more information and tickets.

Click here to follow along with the text.

Click here for the First Folio version.

Click here for a scanned version of the text.

 February 12, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Jan 142015
 

  Hamlet  Act 4, Scene 4
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January 14, 2015

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Choose the words! Eric Tucker, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Bedlam, lets us in past the velvet ropes for a look at a company that is being lauded as one of the best in New York City.  Performing a piece from Act 4, Scene 4 of Hamlet, Mr. Tucker moves his audience with questions.  What does Hamlet have to say about honor and would Shakespeare agree?  To pause or not to pause?  Is there a method to the madness, or is it just bedlam?

Click here to follow along with the text.

Click here for the Second Quarto version.

Click here for a scanned version of the text.

Click here for the Wall Street Journal’s article naming Eric Tucker the best director of 2014.

 January 14, 2015  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Dec 092014
 

  Much Ado About Nothing  Act 1, Scene 1
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December 9, 2014

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Do the math!  What do you get when you cross “It’s a Wonderful Life” with “His Girl Friday?”  It’s a very merry Much Ado.  Actress Marion Adler joins us from the rehearsal hall at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey‘s holiday-themed production of Much Ado About Nothing (begins December 6th at the F. M Kirby Shakespeare Theatre.)   Join us in a celebration of Beatrice from Act 1, Scene 1 of Much Ado About Nothing.

Click here to follow along with the text.

Click here for the First Folio version of the text.

 December 9, 2014  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
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.

www.billyshakespearethemovie.com

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 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:

www.SonnetMan.com
www.twitter.com/thesonnetmannyc
www.facebook.com/TheSonnetMan
www.instagram.com/teedome

 October 6, 2014  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Sep 042014
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stateofshakespeare/p/www.stateofshakespeare.com/TSS/Media/ShakespeareontheRoad.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | RSS          Dr. Paul Prescott Dr. Paul Edmondson September 5, 2014    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

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 September 4, 2014  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Aug 212014
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stateofshakespeare/p/www.stateofshakespeare.com/TSS/Media/DrewCortese.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Richard III     Act 4, Scene 4 Richard III August 21, 2014    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

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 August 21, 2014  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts
Aug 152014
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stateofshakespeare/p/www.stateofshakespeare.com/TSS/Media/DiversityinTheater.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | RSS    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

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 August 15, 2014  Asides, Interviews
Jul 282014
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stateofshakespeare/p/www.stateofshakespeare.com/TSS/Media/RebeccaWatson.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Much Ado About Nothing     Act 4, Scene 1 Beatrice July 28, 2014    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

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 July 28, 2014  Artists, Interviews, Podcasts