The Shakespeare Standard

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been eyeing via my Twitter feed the postings of The Shakespeare Standard, a web center for conversations about the Bard.

The Shakespeare Standard
The Shakespeare Standard: seeking to be the center of Shakespeare community and conversation on the web

At first, I thought it was just a news aggregator, but it’s much more than that, with original writings, displaying various viewpoints and perspectives.

Think of The Shakespeare Standard as our “This Week in Shakespeare” on steroids,  and check it out.

The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare, for the week ending Monday, August 11th, 2014

This week’s news review contains some Shakespeare stage reviews (as the summer season continues), and stories including teaching neighborhood children Shakespeare over the course of the summer in a North Carolina barbershop, “Shakespeare’s Elusive Politics,” “Shakespeare plays key role in teaching children to take creative leaps,” “Shakespeare as Life Coach” and a look at the Improvised Shakespeare Company. 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, August 4th, 2014

This week’s news review contains some Shakespeare stage reviews (as the summer season continues), Shakespeare’s Globe as a theatrical laboratory, the University of South Dakota’s exhibit analyzing the use of Humors (not humor) in Shakespeare, and the internet kerfuffle over a certain public radio host’s tweet that Shakespeare sucketh. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history. Continue reading “The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare, for the week ending Monday, August 4th, 2014”

The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare, for the week ending Monday, July 28th, 2014

This week’s news review contains some Shakespeare stage reviews (as the summer season continues), the New York Shakespeare Exchange ShakesBEER Pub Crawl, a Macbeth performed in Original Pronunciation, Shakespeare’s Garden in Muskegon, Michigan, a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company using The Tempest and the Hunter Heartbeat Method to connect with Austisc children, and “Why Memorizing Lines from Shakespeare is Worthwhile.” 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, July 21st, 2014

This week’s news review contains a whole bunch of Shakespeare reviews (as the summer season continues), an essay on the many depictions of Shakespeare in fiction, the signer for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, ShakeScenes at the University of Notre Dame, and a story entitled “Why Can’t We Teach Shakespeare Better?” 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, July 14th, 2014

This week’s news review contains a whole bunch of Shakespeare reviews (as the summer season continues), plans by the Folger Shakespeare Library to lend an original First Folio to every state, the Freehold Theater project which brings Shakespeare to prisoners, soldiers, and patients, and Texas Shakespeare Festival’s Bard and Breakfast program. 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, July 7th, 2014

This week’s news review contains a whole bunch of Shakespeare reviews (as the summer season continues), coverage of the June 30 Shakespeare in America event by the Public Forum, a 13 year-old New Zealand student who has won a Shakespeare essay writing contest for the second time, Bootleg Shakespeare, and dermatologists claiming that because of his depiction of skin problems, Shakespeare caused misery to people with said problems. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
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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.

Shakespeare’s Globe: Titus

sometimes it’s just a little news that makes one’s morning…

Titus Andronicus… I can only hope that the production will be in full blood and glory mode!