Aug 252021

Henry VI, Part 3: Act 3, Scene 2
August 25, 2021

Why Shakespeare? Jeffrey Wilson, the author of the book Shakespeare and Trump, explores this question in depth, centering on the character of Richard III. Why is evil so exciting and good so boring? Is deformity a sign of his evil or is the deformity and social stigma the cause of it? We explore the textual, ethical, interpretive problems that Shakespeare presents in the modern age.

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Jul 172021

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 3, Scene 1
July 18, 2021

Live theatre is back!  Our guest, Patrick Harvey, is a member of the inaugural cast of the Connecticut Shakespeare Festival.  He’s playing Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Hartford’s Playhouse on Park.  In this interview, Patrick shares why he especially loves playing characters who speak in prose – hint: it’s not all about the verse.

Jun 282021

Titus Andronicus: Act 1, Scene 4
June 28, 2021

Kamilah Long, the Managing Director of Play On Shakespeare, is a force of nature. Growing up in Alabama, she discovered Shakespeare and has never looked back. Kamilah has big plans for Play On Shakespeare and performs Tamora from Titus Andronicus. If you have doubts about the Play On Project, Kamilah goes a long way to dispelling them.

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May 302021

Twelfth Night: Act 5, Scene 1
May 30, 2021

The Folger Shakespeare Library stands in a prominent place in our nation’s capital.  Since its founding, the building, its architecture, contents, and programming have been thoughtfully curated with this in mind.  Dr. Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, reveals how Shakespeare’s works influenced our nation’s founders and helped to shape a philosophy of government and the very structure of our constitution.  We also learn how the Folger Library continues to nurture the thought leaders of today and is creating astonishing digital resources for the future.

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Apr 302021

Hamlet: Act 2, Scene 2
April 30, 2021

Who better to ask what Shakespeare can teach us about the turbulent times we are living in than Barry Edelstein – the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theater in San Diego and one of the foremost producers and directors of Shakespeare working today?  Recorded just days after the January 6th, 2021 uprising at the Capital, we discuss the current crises facing the country and in the world of Theater.  What is the Old Globe doing to keep the  curtain up and how is the company setting the stage for a post-pandemic future?  (Monologue: Hamlet Act II scene 2)

Hamlet on the Radio: Premieres April 23, 2021 and playing thru June 27, 2021 (link)

Thinking Shakespeare Live: new episodes available for free on YouTube (link)

Mar 192021

March 19, 2021

Villain? Master Painter? Sociopath? Surfer? Patrick Page has spent a lifetime acting Shakespeare. He has become fascinated by villains, leading to a one man show “All the Devils are Here.” What does it take to play a villain well? Patrick has some fascinating answers.

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Feb 282021

February 28, 2021

Jim and Gerritt celebrate ten years of The State of Shakespeare.  We listen to some of our most memorable guests from the early days of the podcast and share our favorite moments from the past decade.

Dec 122020

The Taming of the Shrew: Act 4, Scene 3

December 13, 2020

As a young “bookworm,” she fell in love with Shakespeare’s intoxicating language.   But after an early career playing Shakespeare’s romantic ingenues, Susan Heyward began to wonder whether modern theatre’s relationship with Shakespeare is as healthy as it once seemed.  Is it time to break up and explore “language affairs with other playwrights”?

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Oct 212020

Bob Dylan and William Shakespeare:
The True Performing of It.

October 25, 2020

Author and scholar Andrew Muir is fascinated with two poets: one “the greatest artist of all time” and another “the most important artist since the second World War.”  They may have more in common than mere verses can express.  His latest book “Dylan & Shakespeare: The True Performing of It” explores why. From live performances to influencing genres to the “instability of revered verse”, Muir has spent a lifetime studying the two Bards. And it is so much more than words, words, words.

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Sep 302020

Richard III: Act 1, Scene 2
Richard, Duke of Gloucester
September 30, 2020

Words, words, words. Milan Dragicevich is fascinated by what he calls “the verbal surface” – a place where rhetoric lies and where you will take your voice to the borders of your personality. Milan believes that rhetoric is not just the art of persuasion but a chance to contribute to something bigger than ourselves.

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