Join Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg for Shakespeare Hour LIVE!, an ongoing online tour through every corner of the Shakespeare universe. Special guests and friends of the STC extended family will also drop by.
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Week 16, September 9: Shakespeare & the Law
In this special partnership with STC’s Bard Association, join some of the sharpest legal minds in Washington (hopefully including some recent stars of STC’s ever-popular Mock Trial) as they discuss Shakespeare’s own theatrical connection to the Inns of Court and the outlines of his legal imagination.
Guest: Abbe Lowell (Winston & Strawn, LLP; Chair, STC Bard Association)
Week 17, September 16: Shakespeare & Film
From the landmark films of Akira Kurosawa (Throne of Blood, Ran), Orson Welles (Othello, Chimes at Midnight) and Sir Laurence Olivier (Hamlet, Henry V) to more recent adaptations by Kenneth Branagh (Much Ado, As You Like It, Henry V), Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet), Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), and Julie Taymor (Titus, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Shakespeare’s plays have proven to be a fertile source of cinematic imaginings. Join Julie Taymor and more guests for an in-depth discussion of the process of translating Shakespeare’s language to the most visual of mediums.
Guest: Julie Taymor (Tony Award-winning director, The Lion King; Will Award honoree)
Week 18, September 23: Shakespeare’s Heroines
Continuing our examination of Shakespeare’s relationship to humor begun with our recent episode on Shakespeare & Clowns, we will examine the female protagonists in his plays, and the respective importance of verbal wit, theatrical imagination, and humane intelligence to be found in his work.
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.
All Special Guests are subject to change.