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.
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.
As we get ready to relaunch The Bill / Shakespeare Project, a news story came across the wire (ok, it came in my RSS feed, so sue me), that hearkens back to one of the first stories we covered on the site, the work of a group that brings Shakespeare and theatrical training to prisons (the earlier story was about a documentary on the group’s outreach to a Kentucky prison).
Today’s story is from a Wisconsin Public Radio station, discussing a recent visit to the Milwaukee area by the group’s founder, Curt Tofteland. The story includes and embedded recording of the radio station’s story.
Here’s a great article on a thoroughly modern Shakespeare company, the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project. In the linked story, the Project’s Director of Development, outlines the group’s philosophy and guiding principles in bringing the Bard into the present day.
This weekend, my favorite Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh is premiering in Macbeth, which he is co-directing. The production is a recreation of one he did last year in the UK, and it looks awesome.
Not only is he in it, but as his Lady is Alex Kingston. I crush hard over her River Song in the Doctor Who series. And as she was a great femme fatale in Croupier, I can only imagine the kind of sexy manipulation she’ll bring to the role.
I’d love to be in NYC, but even then I wouldn’t have tickets, now would I? StubHub has the cheapest ticket for the entire run at just under five hundred dollars (the highest I saw was $1500 a pop…
For those who have read this blog for the last year, you probably know that I lost my job in late January. Up till that point, I had worked from home and had time to do the blog.
While I wasn’t bringing in a regular paycheck, it did free me up to put more time into this blog (and the novel, of course). Long story short: I started up a new job last week… I knew it was coming and I had front-loaded some entries.
I know, wah wah, poor poor pitiful me.
But those entries have come and gone… and I’m back to a day by day blogging cycle… and the commute to my new job is killing the 1 to 1.5 hours a day I usually put into the blog (and writing the new novel has gone completely to hell)…
Not looking for pity, just wanted to let you know why some blog entries will be short or non-existent (until I get used to the commute or begin to work some days from home–a real possibility).