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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 »


Shakespeare's Poetry: Venus and Adonis

As we all know, Shakespeare’s work entails more than just his theatrical accomplishments; he was a published poet even as he penned his well-known plays. In times when the playhouses were closed due to contagious illness, Shakespeare was able to find a patron (Henry Wriothsley, Earl of Southampton) who paid well for his poetry, and,… Continue Reading »


Is It Harder To Act Shakespeare?

Folger Theatre presented the first of its four matinee performances of The Comedy of Errors for students today.  As we have in the past, students were invited to participate in a talk-back with the actors following the performance.  One of the students asked the cast whether or not it was harder to act Shakespeare than… Continue Reading »


O Brother, Where Art Thou?

The Comedy of Errors opens at Folger Theatre next week, so in celebration I’m “Pinching” two items from our freshly released study guide! The title blatantly states that the play is a comedy, but what does that mean? Below are an article about the comedy in Comedy of Errors, and an activity for you and… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare in Cinema: The Tempest

Right now director Julie Taymor is making more headlines for Spiderman: Turn off the Dark on Broadway – meanwhile her latest film: The Tempest is finally in theaters nationwide. Though, it seems, in very few theaters, so good luck seeing it on the big screen. Our nearest screen is about 30 minutes away in downtown… Continue Reading »


Network Romeo

Rumor has it that the ABC network has committed to producing a new period drama series, a retelling of Romeo & Juliet set in Renaissance Verona. Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the movie adaptation of another popular story about star-crossed lovers belonging to clans that are at odds with each other, Twilight, is in talks to… Continue Reading »


Is There a Difference between Teaching and Directing Shakespeare

~by Kevin J Costa Sometimes I’m asked about the difference between teaching Shakespeare and directing his plays. I’ve often thought about that difference too – and, lately, even if there is a difference. Certainly, anyone who has the privilege, as I do, to teach and to direct, at school and professionally, will have different opinions… Continue Reading »