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Week 37, February 24: Shakespeare & the Novel
It’s no secret that Shakespeare often based his plays on existing stories, from the works of ancient Romans such as Ovid, Plautus, and Seneca to medieval writers Holinshed and John Gower to Italian Renaissance pseudo-contemporaries such as Giraldi Cinthio and Boccaccio. In centuries since, writers haven’t changed their tricks, as Shakespeare’s own canon has inspired an ocean of adaptations, spin-offs, and retellings. Drew and Simon discuss Shakespeare’s influence on the written tradition with a dynamite panel of authors and literary figures.
Guests: Dr. Brandi K. Adams (Undergraduate Program Manager, MIT; incoming Assistant Professor of English, Arizona State University); Alexandra Petri (Washington Post columnist; Author, Nothing is Wrong and Here’s Why); and Jane Smiley (Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, essayist, and biographer)
Episode 37 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! is generously sponsored by Frona Hall.
Week 38, March 3: Titus Andronicus
Among the bloodiest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Titus Andronicus was also considered to be completely lacking in artistic merit and stageworthiness until well into the 20th century, when landmark productions by Peter Brook, Julie Taymor, and others returned it firmly to the ranks of Shakespeare’s canon. Join us for what promises to be a lively and engrossing discussion of flies, meat-pies, the origins of Shakespeare’s fascination with revenge tragedy, and much more.
Guests: Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers (Dramaturg, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Classic Stage Company, Court Theatre) and Julie Taymor (Tony Award-winning director, The Lion King; Will Award honoree)
Episode 38 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! is generously sponsored by Paige Franklin and David Pancost.
Week 39, March 10: Shakespeare & the Environment
As the weather warms, the SHL! team turns to Shakespeare’s green world. As the torrent of images of nature seems to suggest, in comedies and tragedies alike, the world of nature, of Stratford-upon-Avon and the English countryside, was never far from his heart or his pen. What do Shakespeare’s works, written during the first wave of early modern mass urbanization, tell us about views of our natural world, then and now? How do his works (and the production of those works) relate to 21st century sustainability movements? In this episode, we discuss Shakespeare the environmentalist.
Guests: Sir Jonathan Bate (Foundation Professor of Environmental Humanities at Arizona State University, Professor of English Literature at University of Oxford, renowned Shakespeare scholar); Susan Hilferty (Salomé, The Oresteia; Tony and Obie Award-winning costume and scenic designer; Chair, Department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts); and Davis McCallum (Artistic Director, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival)
Episode 39 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! is generously sponsored in honor of Don Fox’s birthday.
Week 40, March 17: The Crucible
Though their styles may be different, Arthur Miller and William Shakespeare were dramatic giants of their time, working nearly four centuries apart. In this episode, we examine Miller’s craft, his dramatic poetry, his groundbreaking use of the stage to serve as a tribunal for the most important issues of the 20th century, and his own influence, Shakespearean in its own right, in the dramatic canon. Is it time to discover Arthur Miller all over again? In anticipation of STC’s upcoming production of The Crucible, join us to delve into the works of this quintessentially American, classic playwright.
Guests: Jason Butler Harner (Broadway’s The Crucible, The Coast of Utopia; Netflix’s Ozark) and Whitney White (STC Associate Director; Director, The Amen Corner, The Crucible [upcoming]; Obie Award-winning director)