Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Shakespeare Plus: Directing Shakespeare, summer streaming, and a new quiz

Scene from Love's Labor's Lost at Folger Theatre

Directing Shakespeare

There are countless ways directors can shape Shakespeare to make his works their own, as directors Laura Gordon and Vivienne Benesch (who directed Love's Labor's Lost at Folger Theatre) share in this interview.

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Keith Hamilton Cobb. Photo by Nina Wurtzel

The Irony of the American Moor

American Moor playwright and actor Keith Hamilton Cobb writes about speaking back to Shakespeare, White American Theater, and frameworks of privilege, as he shares experiences of performing his one-man play.

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Shakespeare Lightning Round

What’s your favorite Shakespeare play? Best disguise in Shakespeare? Most overrated Shakespeare play? Tune in on Instagram Live for a fun, fast-paced, Shakespearean chat show. We ask our guests 30 lightning-fast questions about their favorite—and least favorite—things about the Bard.

Here are our next two lightning rounds:

Vivienne BeneschWed, Jul 22, 5 pm ET
Producing Artistic Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company at the University of North Carolina; director of Love's Labor's Lost at Folger Theatre in 2019

Tana WojczukWed, Aug 5, 5 pm ET
Guernica senior nonfiction editor and author of Lady Romeo: The Radical, Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman, America’s First Celebrity.

Clockwise from top-right: Nate Burger, Melisa Pereya, Gavin Lawrence, and Kelsey Brennan in American Players Theatre’s “As You Like It.Summer Streaming

We’ve gathered a wealth of online performances, conversations, and programs from the Folger’s theater partners that you can check out in July and August.

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Julia Marlowe as Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 1888. Folger Shakespeare Library.'What's in a Name?'

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” But what comes next? See if you can correctly order the lines of Juliet's famous balcony speech.

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Hamnet book coverExcerpt: Hamnet

Read an excerpt from Hamnet, a new novel by Maggie O'Farrell that imagines the life of William Shakespeare’s only son, who died in 1596 at the age of 11.

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