Midsummer’s Contrasting Characters

Midsummer can’t just be popular because it’s easy to read, or the clear story, or the comedy, or the magic… can it? Directing the show is presenting me with some interesting challenges, but unlike those I’d associate with other plays by Shakespeare. The storytelling is so wonderfully clear. The three distinct plots are entertaining and […]

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It’s Curtains For Milwaukee Shakespeare

The board of the Milwaukee Shakespeare Festival voted to close its doors on Monday night after its top sponsor, the Argosy Foundation, eliminated all funding to the Festival. The Festival’s website says, “Due to the current financial climate, the Argosy Foundation has eliminated support from Milwaukee Shakespeare in order to put itself in the best […]

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Prospera The Sorceress and Company

It was announced some time ago that Julie Taymor (visionary director of Titus, Across The Universe, and Broadway’s The Lion King) is embarking on a new Shakespearean movie project: The Tempest. Only this production has Helen Mirren as the lead character of Prospero. Changing a character’s gender is old news, there’s not much of a […]

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A Mid-Autumn Night’s Dream

Now for a little more about what I’m doing. The next project I’m embarking on will be directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s just such a fun show, I couldn’t resist. This past week was audition time and I’m pretty pleased with the talent that I saw. Definitely a good way to start off the […]

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Even Shakespeare Stephens on US Elections

Shephen Colbert and Stephen Greenblatt on the Colbert Report talk about paralells between the current Presidential candidates and Shakespearean characters. Colbert knows his Shakespeare! Video from Comedy Central’s Indecision 2008 Blog.

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The Shakespeare Papers

If you like Shakespeare (as I percieve by your being here none of you hates him) you must check out The Shakespeare Papers. Each of these 16 page marvels are a wonderfully designed exploration into a specific theme of Shakespeare’s works, and worth having. To give you an example of the sorts of things covered, […]

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Starting Shakespeare In Modern English

I’d like to share a link that was so kindly shared with me. The website is for“The Inessential Shakespeare”, a project to reword Shakespeare’s plays into simpler, more modern English for the purpose of introducing youngsters to it. “Translating” Shakespeare is, as you may remember, a topic that I have mixed feelings about. However, I […]

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Shakespeare Blog Carnival #7

Welcome to this edition of the Blog Carnival! I know you’ve been on the edge of your seat in antici… pation. Unfortunately I’ve only received one submission that I can post so we’ll do this a little differently. Pick any number of quality posts that you’ve read or written over the past month and post […]

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To Be Aware or Not To Be?

No one can seem to make up my mind about it. People debate, scholars pontificate, directors interpret but there is no consensus… Does Hamlet know Polonius and Claudius are listening in? Specifically, when he’s delivering the “To be or not to be” speech. Or does he figure it out later in the scene. If so, […]

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In My Life

Guess who hasn’t blogged much lately? Me. It’s a busy time of year, I need to get better organized so I have time to post. I don’t usually do this, but I think I’ll update you on my theatre-related endeavors. And in case you were wondering, the title is meant to be the same as […]

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