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Henry V in Performance

By Carol Kelly Arguably there are two memorable film productions of Henry V. Thefirst  appeared in 1944 and was directed and produced by Laurence Olivier who also took the title role. The film was produced during World War 2 and sets a patriotic, even jingoistic note, with the beleaguered English troops on the eve of… Continue Reading »


The Games Are Over, Let the Games Begin!

This weekend saw the closing of the historic London Summer Olympics, and I’m sure everyone will still be buzzing about it for days to come! Our own Carol Kelly volunteered during the games, and rejoined us today still bubbling over with excitement, which, she says, is still glowing throughout London, as well. While the modern… Continue Reading »


Why English? How English?

During this month’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute, some of our Summer Scholars have chosen to blog their experiences on their own sites, and have given permission to share some of them here. Today, Bill Parsons shares an insight he explored during TSI that he’ll take back to his classroom this fall: Lately I’ve tried to put… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare Behind Bars

Many of you have probably heard about the Luther Luckett Correctional Facility’s program Shakespeare Behind Bars from the 2005 documentary. Now in its 18th year, the program still makes headlines for its heartfelt, simply staged performances and intelligent, honest discourse from the program’s participants. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2kr5wV_AiQ] The premise of the program is that for a year,… Continue Reading »


Big Drama. Better Writing.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32oQvMusxac] An ad released today for Minnesota’s Great River Shakespeare Festival parodies Bravo’s plethora of “Real Housewives” with their summer lineup of Shakespearean leading ladies. On the surface, it’s just good fun – Lady M tearing up that there is more to her than just being “evil,” Goneril throwing a hissy fit about being… Continue Reading »


Thematic Shakespeare

I’ve written about student festivals before, but I want to come back to the topic again and,  this time, look at the thematic lines being explored by students and teachers in their festival performances.  Recently, I attended Shakesperience: NJ at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  Two days of absolute delight watching students engage the… Continue Reading »


These People in This Room at This Time

~by Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger A few weeks ago, I was able to sit in on a read through of Taming of the Shrew. I know the play; I knew the lines. But listening to those actors in that room on that day, the language really came alive for me. The actors brought parts of… Continue Reading »


"Kate the Curst"

~by Kate Eastwood Norris currently in the role of Katherina Minola for Folger Theatre  As I write this, we are about two weeks from our first audience for the Folger’s production of The Taming of the Shrew and I still have no real idea how to say Kate’s final speech without offending somebody! After almost twenty… Continue Reading »


And so it begins!

~by Danielle Drakes Education Outreach Coordinator  Earlier this week I attended the first rehearsal for The Taming of the Shrew, Folger Theatre’s next production.  Having recently seen several interpretations of this well known play at our very successful Secondary School Festival last month, I was reminded that when we engage in a Shakespeare play it… Continue Reading »


What Happened… First?

In my extra-curricular reading travels, I’ve recently come across a lovely book from the 19th century entitled The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines by Mary Cowden Clarke. One must wonder where the characters for these very strong (-minded, -willed, -convictioned) women came from, and she provides a clean, clever, and interesting viewpoint for the women Shakespeare wrote…. Continue Reading »