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- Jane: Nick and I love this poem. We are lucky to have a friend who gave it such a great reading at our wedding! It is...
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- Annalisa Schaefer: Did Grandma Schaefer sit there and watch you and Elmer work on building the steps? My only...
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- Annalisa Schaefer: I really like that lesson at the end! Wow! When you were quoting the fundamental principle of the...
- EMMA RICE’S PENULTIMATE SHAKESPEARE PRODUCTION AT THE GLOBE. (1)
- Annalisa Schaefer: I hope everyone who was in attendance of that production knew what they were getting into. I would...
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- Nick: You do have a front yard, though…
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Category Archives: Shakespeare
HAMLET AND BREAKING BAD (COMMENT). Nick commented here on my post on Brecht’s theory that the fourth act of Hamlet consisted of out takes that grew out of Shakespeare’s struggles with making the plot work. Nick said: “Pretty classic story … Continue reading
MAYBE SHAKESPEARE NEEDED A COMPLICATED BLOODBATH AT THE END OF “HAMLET”. When I was in my early teens, I went to see the Oscar-winning movie The Bridge on the River Kwai. Without having seen any spoilers, I still knew that … Continue reading
WHY I REJECT BRECHT’S THEORY. I also found Brecht’s theory attractive because I thought it was fun to think of Shakespeare—and, in Brecht’s thinking, the actors—struggling with writing a play about a prince who was struggling with what he should … Continue reading
BRECHT’S THEORY THAT A LOT OF THE SCENES IN HAMLET ARE OUT TAKES. Some time ago, I came across an essay in dialogue form by Brecht on “Hamlet”, reprinted in the TLS (November 25, 2016). The essay asked a question … Continue reading
EMMA RICE AND THE GLOBE—-EPILOGUE. This article by Michael Billington in the Guardian (July 17, 2017) analyzes the choice of Michelle Terry as the new director of the Globe. She has performed a number of Shakespearean roles, from Rosalind in … Continue reading
MY DEFENSE OF EMMA RICE. I took the position in 2012, before Emma Rice had come to the Globe, that alternative versions of Shakespeare’s plays that expose more people to the plays are a good thing. I’m sticking to my … Continue reading
WHO CARES ABOUT SHAKESPEARE’S WORDS? I have posted a number of times, including here, in support of the linguist John McWhorter’s argument that productions of Shakespeare plays should be “translated” into modern English. I supported this on the theory people … Continue reading
EMMA RICE’S PENULTIMATE SHAKESPEARE PRODUCTION AT THE GLOBE. In addition to directing Twelfth Night, Emma Rice produced another Shakespeare play at the Globe in her farewell season after she had resigned. The play was Romeo and Juliet, directed by Daniel … Continue reading
EMMA RICE’S LAST SHAKESPEARE PLAY AT THE GLOBE. I posted a number of times last year about how Emma Rice, who had been appointed to be artistic director of the Globe Shakespeare Theatre, had said in interviews that Shakespeare makes … Continue reading