All posts by Bill Walthall

After graduating from UCLA with a degree in English and a teaching credential, Bill Walthall returned to his hometown in Ventura County, California, to teach English and drama at Oxnard and Hueneme High Schools. Having spent a decade in the classroom, he took a year off to recharge his batteries, but was pulled into the private-sector rat race as a technology consultant. In the last handful of years, however, he has rekindled his passion for literature and education. He launched his blog, The Bill / Shakespeare Project, where he brings not only a fun, accessible yet still scholarly approach to a play-by-play analysis of Shakespeare’s works, but also the latest and greatest in Willy Shakespeare headlines every week in his “This Week in Shakespeare” podcast.

The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news, for the week ending Monday, January 29th, 2018

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This Week in Shakespeare, a Shakespeare news podcast from The Bill / Shakespeare Project
This Week in Shakespeare, a Shakespeare news podcast from The Bill / Shakespeare Project

This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes upcoming seasons, a new Hamlet, and a group of professional drinkers with a Shakespeare problem. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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From Westworld to Indianapolis

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but at the end of March I’ll be presenting at the Popular Culture Association annual conference in Indianapolis, discussing the use of (primarily) Shakespearean references in the first season of HBO’s series Westworld, and how the use of these meta-texts help inform the series, its characters, and themes.

It’s been a bit tougher than I thought.

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Friday (Non-)Film Focus: Othello (yet again)

OK, so I open in Othello next weekend. As I’ve noted before, I’m playing Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, another in a series of Shakespeare’s dubious dads. I disappear after the first act, only to die off-stage sometime before Lodovico’s delivering of the news in Act Five.

But before I leave the stage (forever), I have one last rhyming couplet…

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news, for the week ending Monday, January 22nd, 2018

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This Week in Shakespeare, a Shakespeare news podcast from The Bill / Shakespeare Project
This Week in Shakespeare, a Shakespeare news podcast from The Bill / Shakespeare Project

This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes Shakespeare Uncovered, Shakespeare Uncorked, and the passing of a giant. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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Podcast 164: The Tempest — Conclusion: Concept, Cast, and Wrap-up

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This week’s podcast concludes our prolonged discussion of The Tempest. We have a directorial concept and cast, a look at THE speech, and a conclusion.

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