Jun 292018
 

UntitledRichard II; Act 3, Scene 2
Richard
July 1, 2018

 

       

In her second season at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Julia Coffey takes on the role of Richard II, Shakespeare’s most famous deposed king.  It’s a play which bridges the gap between the medieval and the modern world, and with a woman in the title role, this production opens some intriguing questions about the times we’re living in today.

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May 302018
 

UntitledHenry V; Prologue
Chorus
May 31, 2018

 

   

Like a great Jazz Musician, Shakespeare uses Iambic pentameter as the underlying time signature to his rhetorical flourishes.  David Hammond explores this and many other ways of approaching the first playwright to give his characters language that pursues objective actions.

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Apr 242018
 

The Lost Letters of William ShakespeareUntitled
April 24, 2018

 

 

Years ago, Terry Tamminen was given a treasure trove of letters, reported as written by Shakespeare.  Are they real?  If so, they give a never before seen insight into the life of the playwright we know as William Shakespeare.

 

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Mar 282018
 

UntitledOthello; Act 2, Scene 3
Iago
March 28, 2018

 

  

“What’s he then that says I play the villain?”  Iago may be the baddest of Shakespeare’s bad guys, so what’s the trick to keeping the audience on your side when you’re clearly up to no good?  According to our guest Lee Nishri-Howitt, the answer lies in the structure.  Join us for a conversation with Lee about his journey from a non-native speaker of English, to becoming a professional vocal and dialect coach.

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Feb 282018
 

UntitledHamlet; Act 2, Scene 2
Hamlet

February 27, 2018

 

      

Is Hamlet the Paragon of animals or a Quintessence of dust? For Michael Urie, appearing at the Shakespeare Theater of DC, Hamlet is mentally and emotionally ambidextrous and has more than a few tricks up his sleeve.  Mr. Urie, who is directed by Michael Kahn, brings clarity to Hamlet’s journey by trusting the text and using himself to the fullest.

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Jan 262018
 

UntitledMacbeth; Act 3, Scene 1
Macbeth

January 25, 2018

 

Benjamin Curns has been with the American Shakespeare Center for 16 years.  In this interview with a recent black belt, Ben describes the magic of ASC, the perspective he has gained over the years and dives deep into an oft overlooked speech from Macbeth.

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Dec 152017
 

   The Winter’s Tale Act 3, Scene 2Untitled
Paulina

December 15, 2017

 

 

Have Bard, Will Travel!  The Public Theater’s Mobil Unit brings Shakespeare all over the 5 boroughs of NYC.  Patrena Murray, playing Paulina in the Mobile Unit’s production of The Winter’s Tale, talks the audiences, the impact and of course what is going on in one of Shakespeare’s most beloved “problem” plays.

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Nov 152017
 

Untitled   Improvised Shakespeare Company

November 15, 2017

 

  

Shakespeare as Socrates? … The founder and AD of the Improvised Shakespeare Company, Blaine Swen cozies up to the mic to drop some knowledge.  It’s anything but Greek philosophy as Blaine shares some tricks of the trade and recites a never before heard Shakespeare Prologue.

 

 

Oct 062017
 

Untitled   Oregon Shakespeare Festival Play On! Project

Measure for Measure

October 6, 2017

 

   

Just in time for Halloween… How do you make a 400-year-old laugh?  (Tickle his funny bone.)  Aditi Kapil and Liz Engelman are digging up ways to breathe life into some of Shakespeare’s (ahem) “mustier” laugh lines for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “Play On! 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare” project.  Aditi and Liz talk about teaming up on Measure for Measure,  and the problem with Pompey’s posthumous punch-lines.

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Aug 282017
 

Untitled   Oregon Shakespeare Festival Play On! Project

The Merchant of Venice

August 28, 2017

 

  

Play On! Playwright Elise Thoron and Dramaturg Julie Dubiner have teamed up to take on the tricky business of “translating” The Merchant of Venice for The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On Project.  Find out how Thoron and Dubiner are tackling one of the most ambitious, talked-about, and controversial projects in the world of contemporary Shakespeare performance – and get a taste of what a modern translation of The Merchant of Venice might sound like.

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