Feb 252019
 
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Gertrude and Claudius

February 25, 2019

The Orlando Shakespeare Festival

Jim Helsinger is bringing a bold vision to the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. In repertory with Hamlet, he is doing the World Premiere of Gertrude and Claudius, a precursor to Shakespeare’s most famous play. Based on John Updike’s novel, Gertrude and Claudius lends depth to the characters in Hamlet and holds a few surprises too!

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Jan 302019
 
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The Container Globe

January 29, 2019

Falstaff:  Henry IV, Part I

Angus Vail Rocks! While running the business office for the band Kiss, Angus is building the Container Globe: a modern Globe Theater from re-purposed shipping containers. As entertaining as he is determined, Mr. Vail talks all the possibilities and obstacles he sees in this brilliant way of bringing Shakespeare to life. Oh, and he also does a pretty brilliant Falstaff!

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Dec 222018
 
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The Tempest: Act 1, Scene 2

Prospero

December 22, 2018

If you have a lot of words, you have a lot of need. Ray Dooley has a lot to say. After over 40 years in the business his insights are second to none. Breaking down Act 1 of the Tempest, Ray makes a leap into acting principles that every actor needs to hear.

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Nov 272018
 

Twelfth Night

November 27, 2018

Shakespeare in Detroit, Black Ops Theater Company

JaMeeka Holloway Burrell is on the rise.  The founder and Artistic Director of Black Ops Theater Company  just directed Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in Detroit.  Having discovered Shakespeare at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, JaMeeka approaches her work with fresh eyes, frank questions and aims to bring Shakespeare into the 21st Century.

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Oct 202018
 

Romeo and Juliet  Act 3, Scene 2

Juliet

October 19, 2018

Zuzanna Szadowski is playing Juliet and Yelena in Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet.  What is in store when Chekhov characters have the Shakespeare play as their subtext?  A world of possibilities is realized in this thrilling production from the minds of Bedlam!

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Sep 282018
 

Titus Andronicus  Act 5, Scene 1

Aaron

September 28, 2018

Jackson Dean sees the English Speaking Union‘s Shakespeare competition as more of a celebration of Shakespeare.  Having won this past years competition, he has lots to celebrate.  With an affinity for villains and a keen sense of text, Jackson’s future looks bright.

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Aug 302018
 

August 30, 2018

Voice Coach

Acting Teacher

Welcome to the Revolution!  John Patrick is calling for a radical change to the way we approach voice work and actor training. 

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Sam Shepard Quote:

“I feel there are territories within that are totally unknown.
Huge, mysterious and dangerous territories. We think we know ourselves, when we really know only this little bitty part. We have this social person that we present to each other. We have all these galaxies inside of us.

And if we don’t enter those in art, of one kind or another, whether it’s playwriting, or painting or music, or whatever, then I don’t understand the point in doing anything.

I try to go into parts of myself that are unknown. And I think that those parts are related to everybody. They’re not unique to me. They’re not my personal domain.

Catharsis is getting rid of something. I’m not looking to get rid of it, I’m looking to find it. I’m not doing this in order to vent demons. I want to shake hands with them.”

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Jul 312018
 

UntitledThe Taming of the Shrew, Act 5, Scene 2
Kate
July 31, 2018

 

       

Liz Wisan is performing Kate in her first season at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.  What surprises does she have for the role and does Hudson Valley have for her?  A rousing interview about love and relationships ensues.

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Here is a link to Liz talking about clowns and her company The New Neighborhood.  

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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The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

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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