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Two US Army (USA) Military Police (MP) escort a detainee, dressed in his new orange jumpsuit to a cell at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay Navy Base, Cuba. Camp X-Ray is the holding facility for detainees held at the US Navy (USN) Base during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

“The time, the place, the torture”: the depiction of torture in Iqbal Khan’s Othello

“The time, the place, the torture”: the depiction of torture in Iqbal Khan’s Othello By Kelsey Ridge The 2015 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Othello directed by Iqbal Khan can readily be described as inspired by the War on Terror.  Actors wore khaki uniforms and carried guns, while an on-stage Messenger was replaced with satellite-video […]

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The Plays We Overlook: The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Plays We Overlook: The Merry Wives of Windsor By James Cappio Overshadowed by the two parts of Henry IV, The Merry Wives of Windsor starts off unpromisingly. Writers’ manuals always warn fledgling writers not to represent speakers’ accents phonetically. Merry Wives demonstrates that even Shakespeare should heed this advice. His Welsh character, Parson Evans, […]

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“Censure me in your wisdom”: Bowdlerized Shakespeare in the nineteenth century

“Censure me in your wisdom”: Bowdlerized Shakespeare in the nineteenth century By Alexa Huang Shakespeare has been used to divert around censorship, “sanitized” and redacted for children, young adults and school use, and even used as a form of protest all over the world. While censors have reacted differently to Shakespeare (sometimes with a blind […]

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“a voice potential/As double as the duke’s” : War, Disability, and Casting in Iqbal Khan’s Othello

“a voice potential/As double as the duke’s” : War, Disability, and Casting in Iqbal Khan’s Othello By Kelsey Ridge, University of Birmingham The 2015 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Othello directed by Iqbal Khan can readily be described as influenced by War on Terror.  Actors wore khaki uniforms and carried guns. The Duke, played by […]

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Emily Jordan Folger’s Shakespeare Play Diary 1906 – 1930

Emily Jordan Folger’s Shakespeare Play Diary 1906 – 1930 By Stephen Grant Dodd, Mead Co. in New York produced a handy hardback book 5×8 inches in size, green in color, and full of blank pages: Plays I have Seen. From 1906 until 1930, the year her husband Henry Clay Folger died, Emily Jordan Folger filled […]

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The Plays We Overlook: The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Plays We Overlook: The Two Noble Kinsmen By James Cappio Is there any play in the canon less known than The Two Noble Kinsmen? And not just because of what Moe the bartender did to the manuscript in The Simpsons (see illustration). There it is on the title page of the 1634 quarto: “The […]

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Hamlet and Man Ray’s Painting

Hamlet and Man Ray’s Painting By Alexa Huang In the opening scene of Hamlet, the Danish prince accuses his mother of not genuinely mourning her husband’s death and of marrying his uncle too quickly: “Seems, madam! nay it is; I know not ‘seems.’” Here he is alluding to “the trappings and the suits of woe,” […]

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Henry V monologue act 1 scene II

Henry V monologue act 1 scene II Performed by Tom Gwynfryn. Directed and edited by Alun Rhys Morgan, 2016 Tom Gwynfryn talks about the artistic process that informed his work on the Henry V speech: “I chose the piece initially while going through the auditions stages to study at RADA. I contacted a close friend of mine, […]

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Shakespeare Out of Europe

Shakespeare Out of Europe By Graham Holderness I remember a time when British culture among the educated was thoroughly European. Everyone listened to French music, wore Italian clothes, watched European films, smoked French cigarettes, drank German beer and French and Italian wine. Everyone owned a fondu set, and burned their mouths on hot melted cheese. […]

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