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A sleepy Dara Solina as Hermia

Shakespeare in South Florida – Part III

This is the final post in my three-part series on the Shakespeare scene in South Florida.  Click for part one and part two. Perhaps the most eccentric of the local Shakespeare companies is a little group called Shakespeare Miami.  I saw their production of Macbeth which was performed on a big grassy green in Coconut […]

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Shakespeare in South Florida – Part II

One of the most exciting Shakespeare events in the South Florida area occurred earlier this year with the presentation of Carson Kievman’s Hamlet opera at his Sobe Arts Studio on Miami Beach.  I had the privilege of speaking with Mr. Kievman to ask him a few questions about the production of Hamlet as well as […]

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GableStage at the Biltmore

Shakespeare in South Florida – Part I

South Florida is truly about as far from Elizabethan London as you can get, and the tropical atmosphere certainly doesn’t seem like the ideal setting for producing and experiencing the Bard’s works. I’m a 17 year-old who has lived in South Florida for my whole life and I’ve been seeking out the best local Shakespeare […]

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image by Emma Vieceli of the dig for Richard's remains

The Plays We Overlook: Henry VI, Part Three

The discovery of skeletal remains in a Leicester car park that may be those of King Richard III makes a new view of King Henry VI Part Three especially timely. For this is the play in which Richard comes on like an express train. The first words of Richard III are deservedly among the most […]

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Shakespeare RX: Using Shakespeare as Therapy for Attention-Deficit Disorders in Children

Grasping the attention of today’s children is an increasing frustration for teachers today. As more and more children are constantly exposed to a steady stream of quickly-changing images from a very early age, conditions are ripe to breed increasing problems with focus and attention. Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are becoming more prevalent […]

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Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York

The Plays We Overlook: Henry VI Part Two

Heavens to betsy! No sooner do I announce that I’m going to write a series of posts on Shakespeare’s neglected plays, starting with the Henry VI trilogy, than these three plays get more attention than they have in decades. First, the Balkan productions at the World Shakespeare Festival were hits, sometimes revelatory (click for reviews […]

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Falconetti and Antonin Artaud in Dreyer's "Passion of Joan of Arc"

The Plays We Overlook: Henry VI Part One

Can you guess who said the following about Henry VI Part One? ‘All critics, all readers, will probably agree or have agreed that it is one of the least poetical and also one of the dullest of all the plays in the Folio. It is redeemed by few passages of merit—its verse is unmusical, its […]

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Why Shakespeare?

“Shakespeare is a black woman.”   I came across these words written by Maya Angelou in Peter Erikson’s Rewriting Shakespeare Rewriting Ourselves and it plinged the spot in my brain that constantly whispers the question, “Why Shakespeare?”  Why is this claim made by a black woman? Why does a representative of the Reagan administration then […]

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Troilus and Cressida WSF

Year of Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida (RSC)

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte for the Wooster Group (New York, USA) and Mark Ravenhill for the RSC (Stratford-on-Avon, UK) at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon and the Riverside Studios, London. By Paul […]

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