Mar 212013
 

The Two Gentlemen of Verona      Act II, Scene iv   
Proteus
December 12, 2012

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It’s a throw down!  Have your ears dazzled by the clarity of Jeffrey Hawkins‘ words.  We will take you on a journey through some serious deconstruction of Proteus speech from Act 2, Scene 4 of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.   Take our advice and listen to this one as we cover the ground from scansion, to fricatives, all the way to the Dreaded O.  Welcome to the State of Shakespeare – pumpkin pants optional.

Click here to see the text.  Click for here for the First Folio.

Click here to see a fully scanned version of the text.

Mar 012013
 

Henry IV, Part i; Act V, Scene i
Falstaff
February 21, 2013

Photo by Elise VanderKley images images

What is in that word “honor”?  Dan Daily and The State of Shakespeare examine Falstaff’s “honor” speech from Act V, Scene i of Henry IV, Part I.  Along the way, we get to the bottom of how Falstaff got his name (hint: John Oldcastle), what is a catechism, how many fat jokes are in the text and why Falstaff has a point about those who “find quarrel in a straw / When honour’s at the stake.”  Pour a cup of sack and enjoy.

Dan plays Falstaff in the Pearl Theater production of Henry IV, Part I.  Running from March 2 – March 17.  For tickets, times and information, click here.

Click here to view a copy of Falstaff’s Speech from Henry IV, Part I.

Production Photo by Elise VanderKley