Aug 012022
 

The Book of Will
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
August 1, 2022

Who were the men and women who miraculously rescued half of Shakespeare’s plays from being lost forever – and what mystery, tragedy, romance, and drama raged around them as they struggled against greed, politics and their own mortality in order to grant immortality to a few precious words?   Kevin Rich and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (currently celebrating its 65th season) bring these forgotten heroes vividly to life in Lauren Gunderson’s, The Book of Will, a play about the birth of Shakespeare’s First Folio, which was published seven years after the Bard’s death and which Kevin Rich describes as a “love letter to the Theater”.  

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Jul 072022
 

Twelfth Night
Act 1, Scene 5
July 8, 2022

Something special is happening in Harlem. The Classical Theater of Harlem is bringing its unique brand of Shakespeare to Marcus Garvey Park. Associate Artistic Director Carl Cofield is directing an Afro-Futuristic version of Twelfth Night – complete with VR and the ambient sounds of NYC. Carl stops by to talk about all things Shakespeare, Education and Twelfth Night.

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Click here for a First Folio version of the text.

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Jun 212022
 

Val Winkelman and John Dodd

June 18, 2022

In Texas, when something delightful has been marinating for 36 years, you know you’re in for a treat. The Texas Shakespeare Festival has been a staple of East Texas since the 1980’s. For five decades, TSF’s own John Dodd and Val Winkelman have helped to feed (literally) and nurture hundreds of theatre artists. They share advice, anecdotes and a who’s who of TSF Alum (including at least one who will be familiar to SoS listeners 😉 This is one Shakespeare Festival that is aged to perfection.

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Watch a time lapse of their changeover between shows.

May 162022
 

Aili Huber and Toby Malone
Cutting Plays for Performance
May 16, 2022

Was this the kindest cut of all?  It began as a friendly argument between fellow Shakespeareans,  Aili Huber and Toby Malone, about how to trim the text of Richard III.  They’ve since collaborated on a book and website with tools and hints to how to cut Shakespeare effectively.  With a dose of humor and a dollop of wisdom, Cutting Shakespeare for Performance keenly tackles a sticky subject in Shakespeare.

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Find Cutting Shakespeare for Performance at Routledge and Amazon.

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Mar 282022
 

Henry V: Act 1, Scene 2
King Henry
March 28, 2022

Named for the rowdy Jacobean playhouse that illegally performed plays in England during the years of Puritan rule, the Red Bull Theater is breaking barriers. Using one of Henry V’s speeches, Associate Artistic Director Nathan Winkelstein reveals the power of Shakespeare and other plays of heightened language to deepen our understanding of the human condition.

Follow along with the speech.

First Folio Version.

Feb 232022
 

Teenage Dick
February 23, 2022

What happens if you plunk down Richard III in a modern day High School? You get Teenage Dick. Teenage Dick, Written by Mike Lew, was commissioned and developed by Gregg Mozgala’s own theater company, The Apothetae, which is dedicated to productions that illuminate the disabled experience.

“Exhilarating. It suggests how much richer the theater will be when it is truly open to artists of all kinds. Not just because those artists deserve employment but also because the canon of classics deserves reimagining to match our world.”

Lew says, “We set out to re-examine disability politics from Shakespearean times to our time, through a dark comedy that mashes up Shakespeare-talk and Tik Tok.” Join us as we sit down with Mike and talk all things Teenage Dick.

Jan 272022
 

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Dec 102021
 

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Sep 302021
 

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Aug 252021
 

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