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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RSC 1 Henry IV… on the big screen

Caught the Royal Shakespeare Company’s special event broadcast to movie theaters of their current production of Henry the Fourth, Part One. (it was actually an “encore” presentation).
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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.

Shakespeare must be a Black girl

Maya Angelou passed away last week.

Last year, she famously said that “Shakespeare must be a Black girl.”

Here’s an Atlantic article, delving into the meaning behind the statement… brilliant.

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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Drunk Shakespeare

Waking up a little hung over this Sunday morning?

Maybe then last night you encountered a little Drunk Shakespeare.

The Drunk Shakespeare Society is a ongoing theatrical revue in New York City located in a bar between Midtown and Hell’s Kitchen. Here’s a Daily Beast article highlighting it.

And looking at this video…

[can anyone say Drunk History meets the Reduced Shakespeare Company?]

…this looks like a blast.

The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis gets it right…

Every year, the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis has the staff of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch create a guide to that summer’s play in the form of an infographic. The theater critic comes up with the content and the former designer from the paper creates the visuals.

PDFs are available on the site, and theatergoers are encouraged to look them over (some even print them out and bring them to the plays). What’s really impressive is that these graphics get super-enlarged and put on to signs that are displayed at the outdoor venue.
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