The State of Shakespeare

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Henry VI, Part 3: Act 3, Scene 2GloucesterAugust 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 excitin
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 3, Scene 1BottomJuly 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 H
Titus Andronicus: Act 1, Scene 4TamoraJune 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 f
Twelfth Night: Act 5, Scene 1ViolaMay 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 cur
Hamlet: Act 2, Scene 2HamletApril 30, 2021 The cast of Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, directed by Barry Edelstein, running August 6 - September 10, 2017. Photo by Jim Cox.Louisa Jacobson as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespear
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
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.
The Taming of the Shrew: Act 4, Scene 3KatherineDecember 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
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
Richard III: Act 1, Scene 2Richard, Duke of GloucesterSeptember 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
Before "quarantine" and "social distancing" and "Zoom" were household words we were just beginning to grasp the impact of the sudden shuttering of our theatres. Shirine shares her thoughts on how to survive the times, the production of Timon o
Before "quarantine" and "social distancing" and "Zoom" were household words we were just beginning to grasp the impact of the sudden shuttering of our theatres. Shirine shares her thoughts on how to survive the times, the production of Timon o
How to Think Like ShakespeareMay 31, 2020   What can we learn about the state of modern education by taking a look back at how young pupils were schooled during Shakespeare’s day?   Our guest Scott Newstok shares some collected wisdom
The L.A. Subway Shakespeare Project April 15, 2020 What do John Cassavettes, August Wilson and the Three Stooges have in common?  They all inspired Hassan Jamal to create the LA Subway Shakespeare Project.  Hassan films short Shakespear
The Play On! ProjectJuly 18, 2021 Kenneth Cavender said, translations are like lovers.  The faithful ones aren’t beautiful, the beautiful ones aren’t faithful. Dave Hitz is putting this quote to the test with his ambitious Play On! Pro
Dave Hitz, co-founder of the Play On Project, has a very specific view when it comes to the idea of translation. Is the Play On Project a translation of Shakespeare? Full Interview coming soon!
Hamlet; Act 1, Scene 2HamletNovember 30, 2019 A Hamlet for the Modern Age. In about a fortnight, Jack Cutmore-Scott shot Hamlet 360 - a virtual version of Shakespeare's great play. The challenges for the actor add up to amazing re
Love's Labour's Lost; Act 3, Scene 1BerowneOctober 30, 2019 A life in the theater. Bradford Cover grew up surrounded by theater, became an actor and has resurrected the Pearl Theater Co. - creating the Resident Acting Company. His bre
Macbeth: Act 1, Scene 7MacbethSeptember 27, 2019 What do you get when you take the First Folio, add a little Original Practice and stir in a smattering of cue scripts? You get William Downes. The Artistic Director of Classics on the R
Twelfth Night: Act 4, Scene 3SebastianJuly 31, 2019 “If it is poetry, it’s music.” Deaon Griffin-Pressley has gone from Florida to New York, BADA and finally landed at Shakespeare and Company. His travels have given him a unique persp
Polishing ShakespeareJune 24, 2019 Brian Dykstra has written the play Polishing Shakespeare in reaction to the Play On Translation project. Should Shakespeare be translated? If this interview doesn't reveal Brian's answer, his play wi
As You Like It. Act II, Scene 7. Jacques May 29, 2019 Shakespeare in Qatar How is Doha, Qatar like Elizabethan London? David Pearson is 7200 miles from where he grew up and 3200 miles from where Shakespeare lived. How did he en
Shakespeare in Taiwan April 12, 2019 Shakespeare in America Jenny Bennett, a fourth generation theater creator, has been doing #Shakespeare since she was knee high to a grasshopper. From Harlem, t
Gertrude and ClaudiusFebruary 25, 2019The Orlando Shakespeare Festival Jim Helsinger is bringing a bold vision to the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. In repertory with Hamlet, he is doing the World Premiere of Gertrude and Claudius, a pr
The Container Globe January 29, 2019 Falstaff:  Henry IV, Part I Angus Vail Rocks! While running the business office for the band Kiss, Angus is building the Container Globe: a modern Globe Theater from re-purposed shipping contain
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