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Great Interviews with Great Artists. We're Talking Shakespeare. The State of Shakespeare podcast features in-depth interviews with actors, directors, producers and filmmakers who answer the question: "How do you bring Shakespeare's words to life?" Hosted by Jim Elliott and Gerritt VanderMeer, recent guests have included John Douglas Thompson, Eric Tucker, James Shapiro, Ben Steinfeld and more than 80 others since 2010.

Great Interviews with Great Artists. We're Talking Shakespeare. The State of Shakespeare podcast features in-depth interviews with actors, directors, producers and filmmakers who answer the question: "How do you bring Shakespeare's words to life?" Hosted by Jim Elliott and Gerritt VanderMeer, recent guests have included John Douglas Thompson, Eric Tucker, James Shapiro, Ben Steinfeld and more than 80 others since 2010.
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Great Interviews with Great Artists. We're Talking Shakespeare. The State of Shakespeare podcast features in-depth interviews with actors, directors, producers and filmmakers who answer the question: "How do you bring Shakespeare's words to life?" Hosted by Jim Elliott and Gerritt VanderMeer, recent guests have included John Douglas Thompson, Eric Tucker, James Shapiro, Ben Steinfeld and more than 80 others since 2010.

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David Pearson

5/31/2019
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As You Like It. Act II, Scene 7. Jacques May 29, 2019 Shakespeare in Qatar How is Doha, Qatar like Elizabethan London? David Pearson is 7200 miles from where he grew up and 3200 miles from where Shakespeare lived. How did he end up in Qatar and how do they do Shakespeare in this small desert country? The answers are amazing. Click here to follow along with the text. Click here for a scanned version of the text.

Duration:00:24:56

Jenny Bennett

4/11/2019
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Shakespeare in Taiwan April 12, 2019 Shakespeare in America Jenny Bennett, a fourth generation theater creator, has been doing #Shakespeare since she was knee high to a grasshopper. From Harlem, to Staunton, Virginia, all the way to Taiwan, she listens with her eyes and looks with her ears while she explores the intersection between communication and language.

Duration:00:20:57

Jim Helsinger

2/25/2019
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Gertrude and Claudius February 25, 2019 The Orlando Shakespeare Festival Jim Helsinger is bringing a bold vision to the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. In repertory with Hamlet, he is doing the World Premiere of Gertrude and Claudius, a precursor to Shakespeare's most famous play. Based on John Updike's novel, Gertrude and Claudius lends depth to the characters in Hamlet and holds a few surprises too! Click here for more info about Gertrude and Claudius.

Duration:00:21:56

Angus Vail

1/30/2019
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The Container Globe January 29, 2019 Falstaff: Henry IV, Part I Angus Vail Rocks! While running the business office for the band Kiss, Angus is building the Container Globe: a modern Globe Theater from re-purposed shipping containers. As entertaining as he is determined, Mr. Vail talks all the possibilities and obstacles he sees in this brilliant way of bringing Shakespeare to life. Oh, and he also does a pretty brilliant Falstaff! Click here to follow along with the text.

Duration:00:23:57

Ray Dooley

12/22/2018
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The Tempest: Act 1, Scene 2 Prospero December 22, 2018 If you have a lot of words, you have a lot of need. Ray Dooley has a lot to say. After over 40 years in the business his insights are second to none. Breaking down Act 1 of the Tempest, Ray makes a leap into acting principles that every actor needs to hear. Click here to follow along with the text

Duration:00:29:00

JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell

11/27/2018
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Twelfth Night November 27, 2018 Shakespeare in Detroit, Black Ops Theater Company JaMeeka Holloway Burrell is on the rise. The founder and Artistic Director of Black Ops Theater Company just directed Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in Detroit. Having discovered Shakespeare at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, JaMeeka approaches her work with fresh eyes, frank questions and aims to bring Shakespeare into the 21st Century.

Duration:00:20:01

Zuzanna Szadowski

10/20/2018
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Romeo and Juliet Act 3, Scene 2 Juliet October 19, 2018 Zuzanna Szadowski is playing Juliet and Yelena in Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet. What is in store when Chekhov characters have the Shakespeare play as their subtext? A world of possibilities is realized in this thrilling production from the minds of Bedlam! Click here to follow along with the text. Click here for a First Folio version of the text. Click here for a scanned version of the text.

Duration:00:29:00

Jackson Dean

9/28/2018
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Titus Andronicus Act 5, Scene 1 Aaron September 28, 2018 Jackson Dean sees the English Speaking Union's Shakespeare competition as more of a celebration of Shakespeare. Having won this past years competition, he has lots to celebrate. With an affinity for villains and a keen sense of text, Jackson's future looks bright. Click here to follow along with the text. Click here for a First Folio version of the text. Click here for a scanned version of the text. See the video of his performance:...

Duration:00:16:36

A New Approach to Actor Training

9/20/2018
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John Patrick lays out a bold new vision for the future of training actors. Could we all be Acting Teachers? Listen to his full interview here.

Duration:00:07:44

John Patrick

8/30/2018
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August 30, 2018 Voice Coach Acting Teacher Welcome to the Revolution! John Patrick is calling for a radical change to the way we approach voice work and actor training. Click here to listen to John Patrick's thoughts on Actor Training. Sam Shepard Quote: “I feel there are territories within that are totally unknown.Huge, mysterious and dangerous territories. We think we know ourselves, when we really know only this little bitty part. We have this social person that we present to each other....

Duration:00:27:02

Liz Wisan: Clown

8/13/2018
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Liz Wisan is a member of the New Neighborhood, a theater company in NYC. She also works seriously as a clown. Although she admits that sometimes it feels like she is in a cult, she finds the clown work extremely rewarding as an actor. Check this short interview out! And here is her full interview about working on Kate in Taming of the Shrew!

Duration:00:04:48

Liz Wisan

7/31/2018
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The Taming of the Shrew, Act 5, Scene 2 Kate July 31, 2018 Liz Wisan is performing Kate in her first season at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. What surprises does she have for the role and does Hudson Valley have for her? A rousing interview about love and relationships ensues. Click here to follow along with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Fest text. Click here to follow along with the text Click here for a First Folio version of the text. Click here for a scanned version of the text....

Duration:00:24:02

Julia Coffey

6/29/2018
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Richard II; Act 3, Scene 2 Richard July 1, 2018 In her second season at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Julia Coffey takes on the role of Richard II, Shakespeare's most famous deposed king. It's a play which bridges the gap between the medieval and the modern world, and with a woman in the title role, this production opens some intriguing questions about the times we're living in today. Click here to follow along with the text. Click here for a First Folio version of the text. Click...

Duration:00:23:53

David Hammond

5/30/2018
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Henry V; Prologue Chorus May 31, 2018 Like a great Jazz Musician, Shakespeare uses Iambic pentameter as the underlying time signature to his rhetorical flourishes. David Hammond explores this and many other ways of approaching the first playwright to give his characters language that pursues objective actions. Click here to follow along with the text. Click here for a First Folio version of the text. Click here for a scanned version of the text.

Duration:00:27:57

Terry Tamminen

4/24/2018
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The Lost Letters of William Shakespeare April 24, 2018 Years ago, Terry Tamminen was given a treasure trove of letters, reported as written by Shakespeare. Are they real? If so, they give a never before seen insight into the life of the playwright we know as William Shakespeare.

Duration:00:18:24

Lee Nishri-Howitt

3/28/2018
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Othello; Act 2, Scene 3 Iago March 28, 2018 “What’s he then that says I play the villain?” Iago may be the baddest of Shakespeare’s bad guys, so what’s the trick to keeping the audience on your side when you’re clearly up to no good? According to our guest Lee Nishri-Howitt, the answer lies in the structure. Join us for a conversation with Lee about his journey from a non-native speaker of English, to becoming a professional vocal and dialect coach. Click here to follow along with the text....

Duration:00:29:46

Michael Urie: Origin Story

3/15/2018
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Alone on stage and getting laughs, Michael Urie had a question. The answer is not what he expected. Click here to listen to his interview on Hamlet.

Duration:00:02:09

Michael Urie

2/28/2018
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Hamlet; Act 2, Scene 2 Hamlet February 27, 2018 Is Hamlet the Paragon of animals or a Quintessence of dust? For Michael Urie, appearing at the Shakespeare Theater of DC, Hamlet is mentally and emotionally ambidextrous and has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. Mr. Urie, who is directed by Michael Kahn, brings clarity to Hamlet's journey by trusting the text and using himself to the fullest. Click here to follow along with the text. Click here for a First Folio version of the text.

Duration:00:25:47

Benjamin Curns

1/26/2018
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Macbeth; Act 3, Scene 1 Macbeth January 25, 2018 Benjamin Curns has been with the American Shakespeare Center for 16 years. In this interview with a recent black belt, Ben describes the magic of ASC, the perspective he has gained over the years and dives deep into an oft overlooked speech from Macbeth. Click here to follow along with the text. Click here for a First Folio version of the text. Click here for a scanned version of the text.

Duration:00:21:46

Patrena Murray

12/15/2017
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The Winter's Tale Act 3, Scene 2 Paulina December 15, 2017 Have Bard, Will Travel! The Public Theater's Mobil Unit brings Shakespeare all over the 5 boroughs of NYC. Patrena Murray, playing Paulina in the Mobile Unit's production of The Winter's Tale, talks the audiences, the impact and of course what is going on in one of Shakespeare's most beloved "problem" plays. Click here to follow along with the text. Click here for a First Folio version of the text. Click here for a scanned version of...

Duration:00:19:46