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Shakespeare Magazine Redux

I was fortunate to be the co-founder and co-editor of Shakespeare Magazine, a publication of Georgetown University and Cambridge University Press. Together with my co-editor, Nancy Goodwin and later, Martha Harris, we were in existence from 1996 to 2003. Our audience was mainly teachers, but our reach extended to theater companies and the general public.  Until recently,… Continue Reading »


Folger Education Helps Uncover Shakespeare

By now, many of you readers have probably watched or recorded the first two episodes of Shakespeare Uncovered on PBS. As Caitlin Griffin wrote in her blog entry on January 17, the broadcast details are: January 25th, 9-11pm EST: Macbeth with Ethan Hawke and The Comedies with Jolie Richardson. February 1, 9-11pm EST: Richard II, with Derek Jacobi and… Continue Reading »


National Theater's Timon of Athens to be Broadcast on November 1st

Folger Education was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s World Shakespeare Festival Conference last September, presenting a workshop, participating in a symposium on using technology in teaching Shakespeare, and represented on a panel discussing Shakespeare.  It was an energizing and inspiring conference.  While we were in London, my colleague and I had the opportunity to see Timon of Athens at the National… Continue Reading »


"We'll teach you to drink deep ere you depart."

Let’s take a break from our usual education-based Blog and pause for an adult beverage or two. After all, if you’ve been grading essays and teaching Shakespeare for a while, you may need a drink. One of my favorite libations is Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout made in Newport, Oregon. The Rogue Brewery website describes this brew as “ebony… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare in the City–NYC, that is.

For anyone who wants to truly be in the know, here’s your chance. Shakespeare 101 at the Greene Space—based on my book– is the ultimate interactive guide to the great Bard. If you are in NYC on Sunday, do try to stop down. It is being produced by WNYC and will be simulcast as well…. Continue Reading »


It's Shakespeare Festival Season!

At the Folger, March kicks off the annual festival season.  Beginning next week, students and their teachers from 56 secondary schools in and around DC will come to tread the boards of the Folger theater.  What a celebration of Shakespeare’s language!  Fourteen hundred students will present scenes, abridged versions (using Shakespeare’s language), and montages from 19 of the plays… Continue Reading »


Sweets to the Tweets: Farewell.

It all started with a Blog entry I posted here last week called Shakespeare in Other Words.  Suddenly,  Howard Sherman @HESherman and Peter Marks @petermarksdrama took that post to a new direction and began a heated  session on Twitter about the use of modern translations in Shakespeare productions. Before I knew it, Sherman organized a Tweet… Continue Reading »


"You are [mis]quoting Shakespeare"

I’m a big fan of BBC America and one of their latest shows is State of Play. But on Episode Three  last night, Idris Elba, (you may remember him as Stringer Bell on The Wire), the host on what the network refers to Dramaville, introduced that episode by saying, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we… Continue Reading »


Weeds, Weeds, Weeds

As I’ve just spent several hours in my garden doing quite an onerous task, I had this thought: Shakespeare may have avoided spending lots of time back home with Ann and the kids to avoid something that all suburban homeowners know only too well–weeding. But he cleverly included lots of references to weeds throughout his  sonnets… Continue Reading »


Shakespearean Landmarks

The spirit of Shakespeare is everywhere. I was recently on holiday visiting my husband’s relatives in Belgium, and on a canal tour of Brugge we passed a sweet little window which the tour guide called the Romeo and Juliet window. “You thought they were from Italy, no? England? No. BELGIUM!” We were surprised. Some internet… Continue Reading »


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