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Happy Fourth of July!

Here’s wishing you all a safe, sane, happy, relaxing, but most of all, FREE Fourth of July.

I’ve just started listening to the audible.com book of Nigel Cliff’s The Shakespeare Riots, a non-fiction piece on the Astor Place Riot, a New York street brawl that had its beginnings in a rivalry between two Shakespearean actors, one American, the other English.

It’s a fascinating book, and it discusses the large and special role Shakespeare played in the lives of many Americans in the late 18th through the mid-19th centuries. Shakespeare was wildly popular in the new country and it was felt that his works were uniquely American in their messaging and morality.

So, on Independence Day, be a patriot, and read a little Shakespeare!

… or The Shakespeare Riots, available on both amazon and audible.

The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare, for the week ending Monday, June 30th, 2014

This week’s news review contains a whole bunch of Shakespeare reviews (as the summer season continues), the upcoming Doctor Who/Shakespeare mash-up book, Cincinnati Shakespeare winning a $25,000 NEA Grant, an eight-actor 90-minute Hamlet, and a discussion on the possibilities inherent in the design of a Shakespeare video game. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare, for the week ending Monday, June 23rd, 2014

This week’s news review contains a whole bunch of Shakespeare reviews (as the summer season heats up), a puppet Titus, a futuristic take based on The First Part of Henry the Fourth, a comic book, and the Fringe Festival in Ontario, Canada, bringing local political candidates on stage to throw down some Bard. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare, for the week ending Monday, June 16th, 2014

This week’s news review contains discussions of “Will on the Hill” in Washington DC, the Shakespearean grandeur of The Lion King‘s villain, and the new web comedy series “Complete Works” on Hulu, among others, and our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
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Let the Countdown Begin: The Bill / Shakespeare Project Relaunches July 1, with As You Like It!

After a three year hiatus, the Bill / Shakespeare Project is officially back on line!

We’ve migrated all our old content, both blogs and podcasts, to a new Word Press platform. We’ve restarted both the BSP podcast and launched a new one, “This Week in Shakespeare.” And we’re making a more concerted effort to update the BSP Facebook page on a daily basis with a Bard-centric tidbit or Shakespeare-related news story.

We’re in the process of re-visiting the last play we discussed, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

But most importantly, we will be re-launching the Project with the comedy As You Like It, beginning July 1.

check out the revised schedule

NOTE: we’re modifying the schedule a bit… in an effort to do the plays justice, we’ll be tackling a play every two months, with podcasts every two weeks (and blog entries possibly every other day).

Please join us for the next three years as we continue through the Canon!

The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare, for the week ending Monday, June 9th, 2014

This week’s news review contains discussions of the relevancy of Shakespeare, the plight of a documentary about a Thai Shakespeare production, and the Broadway debut of Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth, among others, and our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
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Make This Weekend a Dickey Three Weekend!

check your local listings… I’ve always wanted to say that

Tonight on the Smithsonian Channel, there is “The King’s Skeleton: Richard III Revealed.” This is a 90-minute special that goes over the discovery of the purported remains of the bunchback toad, the use of DNA evidence and skeletal analysis and to verify the identity of the bones and the possible cause of death… I’ve got the show DVR’ed and I’m hoping to follow up with a review or some remarks later next week.

And if your TV viewing time will monopolized by the NBA Finals or the battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup (go, Kings go!), or you just need something to listen to, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC has released a podcast on the same matter, entitled, “I, That am Rudely Stamped: In Search of the Real Richard III.” I’m hoping to listen to that on the treadmill tomorrow, and–again–I’ll try to get some remarks to you next week.

The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare, for the week ending Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Today, we launch a brand new podcast, a weekly overview of Shakespeare news and notes, plus some historical dates for what happened in the last seven dates of the year in this history of the Bard, and the history of his histories.

This week’s news review contains discussions of Judi Dench joining Benedict Cumberbatch in Richard III for the BBC, Gillian Flynn revisiting Hamlet, Drunk Shakespeare and multiple new productions around the world,AND our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
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