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Shakespeare has poked Benedick

The big news in Shakespeare geek circles this week is the “production” of Much Ado About Nothing taking place on FACEBOOK beginning tomorrow. Sixteen characters have been added to facebook, and if you “like” all of them you can watch their story unfold in real time on the internet. Benedick Salvador will flame Beatrice Grant’s wall,… Continue Reading »


Does Anyone Teach the Sonnets?

We spend a great deal of time talking about teaching Shakespeare’s plays, but not much about the sonnets.  Until recently, we  hadn’t paid as much attention to teaching sonnets as we might have on our website of resources for teachers.  This month, Folger Education rolled out a series of new web pages devoted to the… Continue Reading »


Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not.

We’re noticing something around the internet lately: educators are using contemporary music to enhance lesson plans. This may not be up-to-the-minute news. A lot of us remember at least this scene from Renaissance Man starring Danny DeVito where the class of military privates presents the summary of Hamlet as a rap. Or the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s interpretation… Continue Reading »


Bear-like, I Must Take the Course (Macbeth Set Free)

With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and NYIT, Folger Education just completed an 8-week on-line course on Teaching Macbeth. Enrollment was capped at 30 participants, each of whom received a Folger Toolkit. Each session was 90-minutes long and was live using Elluminate. Here is a summary of the sessions: Week 1: … Continue Reading »


Student Shakespeare Festivals

Folger Education just concluded the 31st annual Secondary School Festival with 56 schools participating in a seven day event featuring performances by 1,500 students from the Virginia, Maryland, DC area.  Ten of the schools were part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, an NEA/Arts Midwest grant funded program that placed teaching artists in 1o classrooms. … Continue Reading »


One Week in Haiti: The End

~by Emily Marquet For the rest of this adventure, please see these posts! Day 1 Day 2 Days 3 & 4 Day 5: WE’RE DOING IT! Our actors, naturally, were completely unfazed by the request to perform twice. After the morning assembly, the actors reported to the “stage”- the front basketball court of the school… Continue Reading »


One Week in Haiti: Days 3 & 4

~ by Emily Marquet (previous entries on this adventure are on the blog! Click for DAY 1 and DAY 2!) Day 3 & 4: Sassy Fairies & Clowning Wednesday’s goal was to block the second half of the play. We nearly succeeded. Some scenes took longer than others to block and some characters (like Puck… Continue Reading »


One Week in Haiti: Day 2

~ by Emily Marquet (if you missed the beginning of Emily’s adventure, click HERE) Day 2: En Kreyol… S’il Vous Plait It was discussed and decided as a cast on the second day of rehearsal that most of the play would be told in Kreyol. We determined that it was more important to tell the story… Continue Reading »


One Week in Haiti, Day 1.

~ by Emily Marquet The Objective: To mount a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Louverture Cleary School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In four days. The Obstacle: We (the directors as well as the script bearers/ costumers) had just missed our flight. Sitting at the bar of an airport restaurant armed with a… Continue Reading »


Spontaneous Shakespeare

I have heard of street performers (sometimes students) erupting into Shakespearean soliloquies in public places either as advertisement for a performance, as guerrilla art, or as an assignment. Unfortunately, youtube is lacking in the latter category. Street Shakespeare is a project that intrigues me greatly, mainly because it is so out of context and could… Continue Reading »