Join STC and like-minded fans of the Bard for Shakespeare Hour LIVE!, an ongoing tour through every corner of the Shakespeare universe. Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Dr. Drew Lichtenberg gather online with special guests each week to discuss a new topic and allow audiences the opportunity to ask questions live.
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Week 19, September 30: Richard II
In anticipation of the upcoming November election, sure to be one of the most controversial and politically charged of many Americans’ lifetimes, the Shakespeare Hour LIVE! team tackles the most controversial and politically charged of Shakespeare’s plays during his lifetime. Staged by the Earl of Essex as part of an attempted revolutionary coup, the controversial deposition scene was published only in its full form after Shakespeare’s death. Richard II is his ultimate study of deposition and succession, of the soft-seeming mechanisms through which the state’s hard and violent powers have often changed hands.
Guests: Nora Carroll (The Old Globe’s Richard II, The Public Theater’s Measure for Measure); Naomi Jacobson (STC Affiliated Artist, Richard II, Helen Hayes Award winner); and Dr. Michael Witmore (Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, scholar of Shakespeare and early modern literature, pioneer in the digital analysis of Shakespeare’s texts)
Episode 19 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! is generously sponsored by the Leila and Mickey Straus Family Foundation.
Week 20, October 7: The Past Uncovered: Shakespeare, Black Actors, and Whiteness
Drew Lichtenberg is joined by LeeAnet Noble, STC’s Director of Equity and Enrichment and co-director of the upcoming STC Virtual Gala, as they explore the stories of Ira Aldridge and other foundational Black Shakespearean actors, and their struggles in being accepted as equal members of the classical community. This episode will focus on Shakespearean and theatrical historiography and on its implicit biases in constructing a version of Shakespeare that does not live up to the inclusive and humanistic impulses of his own drama.
Guest: Dr. Soyica Colbert (Vice Dean of Faculty and Idol Family Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University; STC Associate Director–Literary)
Episode 20 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! is generously sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Week 21, October 14: Shakespeare & Japan
Simon Godwin will discuss his journey taking Shakespeare around the world to Tokyo, and on the fascinating differences (and similarities!) between Western and Eastern theatrical cultures. What is the Japanese view of Shakespeare? How can western theaters be in better conversation with their eastern counterparts?
Guests: Ako Dachs (Founding Artistic Director of Amaterasu Za; Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Throne of Blood, Julius Caesar, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Lucile Lortel Award nominee) and Dr. Natsu Onoda Power (Professor in Theater and Performance Studies, Georgetown University; Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright and director)
Week 22, October 21: “This England”: Shakespeare & Britain Today
“This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England…”
–Richard II, act 2, scene 1, 50–55
We go across the pond in this special episode of Shakespeare Hour LIVE!, which will feature conversation from an all-star panel of British Shakespeare actors, scholars, and practitioners. We will explore the unique place occupied by Shakespeare in British culture and how that may be changing. This episode will be pre-recorded, featuring a live introduction and closing from Drew Lichtenberg.
Guest: Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper (Professor of Shakespeare Studies, King’s College London; Head of Higher Education & Research at Shakespeare’s Globe)
Episode 22 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! is generously sponsored by the The Theodore H. Barth Foundation.
Week 23, October 28: Shakespeare Hour LIVE! at the National Theatre
In a continuation of the previous episode, Simon and Drew are joined by actors currently cast at the National Theatre to discuss an exciting upcoming production. This episode will be pre-recorded, featuring a live introduction and closing from Drew Lichtenberg.
Guest: Emily Burns (Resident Director at the National Theatre, Associate Director/Editor Timon of Athens)
All Special Guests are subject to change.