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 Sonicky Language

Humorist and language expert Roy Blount Jr talks about the concept of “sonicky” words in his new book, Alphabet Juice. “Sonicky” is a term he uses to describe language that sounds like what it is. Not onomatopoeia exactly (whoosh/boom/splat), but thing of the words “oak” and “willow.” There’s a reason the tall, thick, strong tree […]

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Did ya miss me?

You may have noticed that I haven’t updated all summer long. Well, I’m back. I felt guilty after having neglected updating in so long. I’m sure by now I have something to write about. Let me fill you in briefly on what I’ve been up to since I posted. I simultaneously dialect coached productions of […]

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April Book Giveaway Contest!

Spring is in the air, and that means I’m giving away a free book! Announcing: the April Book Giveaway contest. A new monthly(-ish) event here at the Bard Blog. This month’s giveaway item is MASTERING SHAKESPEARE by Scott Kaiser This is a wonderful book with great insights for actors, directors, and anyone who speaks shakespeare […]

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Mastering Shakespeare

by Scott Kaiser What is it that British actors have over American actors that aides in performing Shakespeare? Scott Kaiser raises this question in the introduction. Many American student actors ask themselves this question all the time in training and afterwards. No wonder that the topic comes up, most of the great Shakespearean performances in […]

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Announcing: Return of the Shakespeare Blog Carnival!

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! After much time without it, I have decided to resurrect the Blog Carnival. Hopefully after all this time there is renewed interest in it as well! Since it has been a while since the last one, any post from 2009 so far will be accepted. Submit a few! Let’s make it […]

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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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Evoking and Forgetting Shakespeare

by Peter Brook Peter Brook is one of the most influential minds in today’s theatre. The impact he has had as an author and director of plays and films might just be immeasurable. His 1968 book The Empty Space as well as his 1970 Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream have been […]

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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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