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Thoughts and opinions on acting, reading, speaking and understanding Shakespeare.

19 Plays in 59 Days

I’ve been away from the blog, but that doesn’t mean I stopped thinking about Shakespeare. I’ve basically got a year of thinking to fill you in on. One big undertaking in 2010 was my Summer Shakespeare extravaganza. I made sure to see as many productions of the Bard as I could within a 2 month […]

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Seconds, Anyone?

For those of you who have been following my theatrical endeavors, Richard III is done. Next up is Hamlet. Again! If you missed it, I posted a while ago about the 90-minute Hamlet I was a part of. The actor who played Hamlet and the director found a theatre in which to do another production… […]

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Trevor Nunn on American Accents

Trevor Nunn, former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, wants to do a production of Shakespeare with an all-American cast, reports Telegraph.co.uk. Nunn says, “There is a different energy and a different use of language.” This is certainly true: Americans and Brits have very different rhythms and sounds to the way they speak; I […]

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What Visions Have I Seen

I asked a couple days ago on Twitter (follow me @BardBlog) for some examples of crazy concepts people had seen. I was impressed, or maybe depressed, by some the examples I got from you! Twelfth Night. All male. On a Submarine. At Christmas. No lie. The Tempest performed literally on an island. Spectators on the […]

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Rules Weren’t Made to be Broken

We’ve been learning rules all our lives. As children we are given rules of the classroom or rules at home of what not to do or what we should do. And there were, of course, consequences to breaking those rules. When learning to act Shakespeare (or any classical and poetic texts for that matter) there […]

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A Little Night Hamlet

Back in May I had the good fortune to perform in Hamlet. While all others played one role, a fellow actor and I had the honor of playing “everybody else.” I was Barnardo, The Player Queen, First Gravedigger, and Osric. There was a lot that was unusual about this performance. Unusual, that is, if you’re […]

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Shakespeare’s Fools

In lieu of fooling you all on this day of fooling, I thought I might post a very short blurb of my love for the Fools in Shakespeare’s plays: Touchstone, Feste, Lear’s fool, and the rest. I’ve had the opportunity to play a few of the Fool characters. Some of the most fun I’ve ever […]

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Out of Many: One

It’s time for some personal reflection and exploration. Open up your mind and start thinking… Which of Shakespeare’s characters do you most identify with? Why? Shakespeare wrote nearly 1000 named roles, large and small, comic and tragic, king and servant, rich and poor. With so many to choose from, it’s a tough choice. But with […]

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The World Sans Shakespeare

In the discussion in an older article from a few months ago, one comment brings up a point that got me thinking. I’d like to pose it to you all in a more prominent spot. What if Shakespeare’s works never existed or didn’t survive? Who would we be reading/acting/studying? We have John Heminges and Henry […]

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The Blame Game

There hasn’t been much activity here lately, I am to blame of course. There’ll be more activity from now on… so let’s start a little discussion. Inspired by some things I saw while surfing the internet, I’d like to ask my readers: Who is responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths? Don’t forget to back up […]

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