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Monday, June 13, 2016

Early on, the women in Shakespeare’s works tended to be simple caricatures – shrews to be tamed or sweet little things with no discernible independent thought. As the great writer matured, however, his female characters did, as well. Take the heroine of Romeo and Juliet, whose inner thoughts and feelings were achingly revealed, who was every bit as courageous as Romeo and received equal billing in the title of the play.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

We, with our time borne ceaselessly away / can heroes be, if just for one brief day.

Shakespeare, in this case, meets Davie Bowie’s “Heroes,” one of more than 100 classic pop songs reimagined by Erik Didriksen as 14-line, iambic pentameter Shakespearean sonnets. The New York musician started with an adaptation of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” in 2014, and since has tweaked the works of artists ranging from 50 Cent and Adele to Justin Bieber, Green Day and Drake.


Monday, June 20, 2016

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s four-part series of inside-the-play presentations focuses on its summer production of the mistaken-identity comedy Twelfth Night. Among the participants: HASF’s executive artistic director, Sidonie Garrett, who offers a director’s briefing and leads a discussion, and members of the HASF design team.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Was the Bard an old-school Jay Z?

Shakespeare’s theatre isn’t as far removed from modern-day hip hop as you might think. Both represent energetic and inventive forms of expression, featuring poetry, wordplay, and lyricism. Both deal with what it is like to be human, with real issues in people’s lives.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

The book we know as the First Folio wasn’t given that title by the two colleagues who posthumously published Shakespeare’s plays in 1623. Its formal name, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, is more functional, laying out genres for the 36 collected plays.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Library continues its 10th season of Script-in-Hand performances and more than six months of special programming surrounding one of the cultural events of the year – an exhibit featuring a rare, nearly four-centuries-old First Folio collection of Shakespeare’s plays.

Karen Paisley, the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s producing artistic director, created this collage of readings of some of Shakespeare’s greatest text, images of the text from the First Folio, and scene enactments. The production highlights popular and well-known passages while flushing out older more obscure ones and hopefully introducing and reintroducing Shakespeare in a visceral and exciting way.


Monday, June 27, 2016

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s four-part series of inside-the-play presentations focuses on its summer production of the mistaken-identity comedy Twelfth Night. Among the participants: HASF’s executive artistic director, Sidonie Garrett, who offers a director’s briefing and leads a discussion, and members of the HASF design team.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The question may be met with chagrin by traditionalists, but to some, the identity of William Shakespeare is not positively decided.

They have trouble squaring the Bard’s works with the life of the presumed author from Stratford-upon-Avon, holding that only an aristocrat – which he was not – could have penned such elevated prose. Oxfordians point to Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, who was the most flamboyant of the courtier poets of the time and a theater and literary patron.


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