Aug 262013

Measure for Measure      Act II, Scene ii
July 5, 2013

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What dost thou, or what art thou, Angelo?  Straight from the stages of The Stratford Festival, Tom Rooney gets to the bottom of this question in our latest interview.  Explore Angelo’s past, present and future and why Tom Rooney describes him as a Man/Boy.  Dive into this dense speech, from the first read to the final syllable.  Oh Fie Fie Fie upon you if you miss this one from a master of Shakespeare.

Click here to follow along with the text.

Click here for the First Folio Version

Click here for a scanned version of the text.

Watch Antoni Cimolino, General Director of the Stratford Festival, talk about Measure.

Aug 162013
Adapted and Produced by J. Michael DeAngelis and Pete Barry
Directed by John Dowgin
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Can Shakespeare illuminate the Arab Spring?  The Porch Room answers the question in their new production Antony & Cleopatra: Infinite Lives.   It’s the story of an Egyptian expatriate who gets caught between two revolutionaries – her fiancée, an activist director who tries to upend his commissioned Shakespeare production, and her brother, a nationalist fresh from the violence of Tahrir Square. It played a sold-out run in last year’s Philly Fringe at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
xxx recommends Antony & Cleopatra: Infinite Lives as one of the top 8 shows to see in the NYC International Fringe Festival at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre at 45 Bleeker Street (by Lafayette) in New York City.  Tickets can be purchased here.
Performance Dates:
Friday, August 16th at 9:30 PM
Sunday, August 18th at 4:45 PM
Sunday, August 25th at Noon


Aug 072013

The Nightmare Dream
Adapted and Directed by Neal J. Freeman

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What would happen if Shakespeare was “bitten” by Bram Stoker’s Dracula?  One man aims to find out.

Neal J. Freeman has created a mash up of two classic texts:  Midsummer and Dracula.  The Nightmare ‘Dream’ is the Shakespeare play told through a classic horror film lens with a healthy dose of tongue-in cheek.   As the lovers embark on their famous journey into the woods, they encounter a villain unlike any imagined by Shakespeare. No ruffled neck is safe in this, the ORIGINAL douchey teen vampire drama.

The Nightmare ‘Dream’ will play Sunday 8/11 at 6pm, Monday 8/12 at 9:30pm, Thursday 8/15 at 9:30pm, Friday 8/16 at 3:45pm, and Sunday 8/18 at 4:15pm.

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Tickets on sale July 19 at

Watch a video here:

The Nightmare ‘Dream’ – Meet Neal & Heather from lupoblu on Vimeo.