Tag Archive | Shakespeare

I wonder if Shakespeare was a dancer

Did I really have a positive experience with Shakespeare this week? Until the past couple weeks I honestly didn’t think it was possible. I’m currently in BU SOT’s Shakespeare Project working on Cymbeline. Any experience with Shakespeare leading up to this semester had been grueling. Like pull-my-hair-out-rip-off-my-fingernails painful. As rehearsals began I was incredibly hesitant, but […]

Why heightened text is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea.

Why heightened text is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea.

THE PLACE OF HEIGHTENED TEXT IN TODAY’S WORLD Heightened text is present in a lot of the world’s best-known stories, from the ancient Greeks to Shakespeare to…who was the guy who wrote something that was kind of like Shakespeare, but with more blood?*    Source: Greenstage.org, Feb 2016 Heightened text is pretty omnipresent whenever we […]

What I Learned From…

As I slowly began my ascent out of tech week for a Femina Shakes production of Henry IV, Part One (shameless plug) an article entitled “What I Learned from Not Rehearsing Shakespeare Plays” began to circulate through my newsfeed on various social media platforms. Of course I had to read it… what kind of SM doesn’t read […]

Art History

My first blog post of the semester focused on the Globe’s productions of Richard the 3rd and Twelfth Night which are now playing on Broadway in rep. The meat of the blog centered around the choice to do both plays with all-male casts and whether or not it was being used as a marketing gimmick. […]

Fa(r)ce Value

In Patricia Davis’ most recent post on HowlRound, she writes about how Taffety Punk’s Riot Grrrls are able to wring humor from Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. Very few people actually like Titus Andronicus. It is a gory follow up to the work of Seneca and a lamer precursor to the work of John Webster. We appreciate it for […]

For All Audiences?

This past week I had the pleasure of seeing Romeo and Juliet directed by Adrienne Boris at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. The cast was an all female ensemble and full of some of the most talented women I know. It was a joy to watch and to me, I found it to be crystal […]

Shakespeare is cool

During my grade school, middle school, and high school years I usually spent the months of October and November choosing my scene and monologue for the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s annual Shakespeare Scene and Monologue competition. My older brother set an example for me. He was an actor first, but I- the annoying younger sister that […]

R and J all over the place…

Romeo and Juliet is one of those plays that people think they’ve seen a million times. By people, I mean me. I hyperbolically thought to myself that I’d seen it a hundred times. But REALLY how many times? I have seen two productions, and two movies. It has a story that feels like it’s a […]

Theatre of the People who are Fucking Angry

In between my five hours of Shakespeare class on Wednesday, I sat at a local market eating my usual sandwich with a friend, Sarah. Close by, a wall-mounted television showed a news anchor cataloging research about current and future effects of the government shutdown. Sarah and I listened for a bit, eating our lunches in […]

Shakespeare’s As You Right Click

Earlier this week I was searching for full productions of As You Like It online. I stumbled upon the entirety of the Globe’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy posted to youtube in 12 parts. I was only about 12 minutes into the play when it dawned on me: surely, this is the epitome of theater for […]

The Issue with Isherwood

New York Times recently sent an e-blast with a Theatre Update to their subscribers about ‘Maximum Shakespeare.’ Evidently, there are a lot of Shakespeare productions in New York this season. One of the Times’ staff theatre critics, Charles Isherwood, wrote a piece entitled, “Too Much Shakespeare? Be Not Cowed.” Besides the forced title (which I […]

Artistry, History, or Gimmick?

This fall, Broadway will be graced with a bit of tradition. The London Globe productions of Shakespeare’s Richard the 3rd  and Twelfth Night; or What you Will are coming to New York for a strict sixteen-week engagement. Both shows will begin previews October 15th and besides featuring renowned actor and former Globe artistic director, Mark […]

visual dramaturgy: richard III

Now that’s some wicked good visual dramaturgy…  

Re-Imagining Shakespeare

When I think of a re-imagining of Shakespeare, I normally think of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” set in the war of 1812, or an all female cast of “Winter’s Tale”, or making the necessary cuts to “Hamlet” to make the play about how the Queen’s ultimate goal is to elope with Ophelia; and I’m all but […]