Prof. Laura Bates teaches Shakespeare in maximum security prisons and shares the impact it’s had on her students. Jessica discusses the ways that theater can change our lives with our guest co-host Tonya and dramaturg Phaedra. And most importantly, the Mechanicals finally perform their play at the royal wedding!
Helena and Hermia’s big fight, quirky Shakespearean insults, and Bottom awakens from his dream a changed man. Host Jessica Hansen talks with Matt, who had a similar experience. We're joined by our Shakespeare power squad—guest co-host Tonya Beckman and dramaturg Phaedra Scott.
This week’s show is all mischief—most of it by Puck. Host Jessica Hansen talks potions, drugs, and altered states of mind with guest co-host Tonya Beckman. At the top of the show, (our guest) Ryan recounts his experiences with ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic substance that is straight out of a Shakespearean play.
Things start to heat up. Jealousy abounds and Helena wants to be...Demetrius' pet dog?! Good thing Tonya Beckman and Phaedra Scott are here to help us break it all down. We discuss why love makes people so crazy, and hear from Evan, who went to the extreme for her crush.
Welcome to the second season of the Lean & Hungry Theater podcast! In this first episode, host Jessica Hansen takes you through our radio adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. With the help of guest co-host Tonya Beckman and dramaturg Phaedra Scott, we explore what drives people to elope as we talk about the characters in the play and hear from CJ, who eloped to D.C. last year to celebrate the legalization of gay marriage.
This week we hear Romeo's side of the story and unpack the famous, tragic ending of "Romeo and Juliet." For this final, star-studded episode we speak to returning guest, Michele Osherow, UMBC professor and Folger Theater dramaturg, James Majewski, the actor who played Romeo in our adaptation, Ryan North, author of "Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure," and Gregory Thomas Martin, who composed the music for the Lean & Hungry audio production of "Romeo and Juliet."
Romeo comes to Juliet’s bedroom and brings a mess of drama along with him. Our focus this week is Juliet, but host Jessica Hansen also discusses the Friar, gender in Shakespeare’s time, and bad parents with, yep, you guessed it, Director Kevin Finkelstein and UCMB Associate Professor and Folger Shakespeare Dramaturg Michele Osherow.