I love summer. Shakespeare blooms all over town (state, country, world).
This week the Shakespeare news review emerges from its cocoon, transformed from the lowly podcast (after 200 episodes) into the new-fangled video, and it includes a pop-up Globe, Hanks as Falstaff, Shakespeare World Cup, and an autism intervention. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
OK, we’ve got a new video… in anticipation for tomorrow’s first This Week in Shakespeare video release!
OK, so I don’t want to jinx anything, but…
Happy Graduation from Hueneme High School to my son Jack!
In the fall, it’s off to San Jose State University… very, very proud.
[feelin’ my half-Japanese roots today, I s’pose]
It’s Thursday, so it’s “Media Day”… and I don’t have a piece of Shakespeare-related media to review–though I did catch bits and pieces of the 1936 film with Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard…and wow… it’s a little off-putting to a 34 year-old Shearer playing the not-quite 14 year-old Juliet, and damned disturbing to see a 43 year-old Howard as Romeo (though it was a little better than John Barrymore’s 54 [but trying to be 24]) year-old Mercutio [note: Branagh’s recent stage version had Derek Jacobi as Mercutio, but that age difference was played for subtext]. From what I saw, Basil Rathbone’s Tybalt was ok…but let’s just say it hasn’t aged well.
ANYwhooo… what we’re really about today…
OK, so you know I’ve been working on my Nightmare Engine, or whatever I’m calling it today (I can’t settle on a moniker yet). And last weekend, I built a stand for it…
This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes the Shakespeare’s new contemporaries, Ethan Hawke, and Tom Hanks as Falstaff. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
OK, so I had planned something different for today, but I read something yesterday that I just want to share…
Wednesday, I posted an audition piece I created last summer that combined both comic and dramatic beats in a single thematically related speech. A little bit of Parolles from All’s Well That Ends Well and a central speech of Angelo’s from Measure for Measure, and both dealing with the conceivable loss of virginity.
Today, I want to share some dramaturgical choices made in the construction of it…