May 152014


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Giving deeper meaning to the concept of Networking, Actor Rebecca Watson reveals what it takes and how far she is willing to go to pursue roles.   Touching on professional behavior and her own gambits, Ms. Watson is relentless when it comes to finding work.

Mar 242014


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Actor James Newcomb tells the story of how he became a founding member of Shakespeare & Co.  A peek into the inception of one of our most beloved Shakespeare companies.

Feb 022014

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Robert Richmond and Richard Sheridan Willis are at it again, with a daring production of Richard III at the Folger Theater.  Get a glimpse into the Actor’s neurosis (and director’s!) as we talk about the process of working on one of Shakespeare’s most adored plays.

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Katie Hartke has taught Shakespeare to cadets at West Point and children in elementary schools.  Just how palatable is Shakespeare with these shining-faced schoolboys and the (not-so) bearded soldiers – and what do they have in common?  Hint: You will be surprised!


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.

See website for more information: or

Tickets on sale July 19 at

Watch a video here:

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

Jun 172013

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It’s the quintessential Midsummer experience.  A visit to Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, California is a delight for all five of the senses.  In celebration of their 40th season of bringing the magic of Shakespeare to life on their idyllic outdoor stage, the Company is reviving its beloved production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Feast your ears on this brief excerpt from Act II, Scene i, featuring founding company members Ellen Geer and Melora Marshall.

Click here to follow along with the text.

May 302013

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What do the Bodleian Library, John Heminge, Harry Condell and Colin David Reese have in common?  They all converge on stage in the international hit Shakespeare Unbound.  Exploring the creation of the First Folio, Mr. Reese makes some awesome discoveries in this short aside.   Here is a trailer for the show:

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How did Jim Devita end up going from New York to Wisconsin and then back to New York with a one man show?  If you haven’t heard of the American Players Theater, you should have.    Listen to Jim’s journey, about APT’s mission and how both look to create authentic Shakespeare productions at a very large outdoor theater in this brief aside from The State of Shakespeare.  You may just end up moving to Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Feb 252013

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What is the underlying theory behind Tadashi Suzuki’s Acting Training Method?  How is it useful to an actor?  What are the haturo?  Jeffrey Hawkins talks about the training, the beauty, the aesthetic and how to maintain stillness in the face of gigantic blood sucking insects.
If you ever wondered about this training, here’s a good place to start.