King Lear Part 1

Act I, Scene 1Kent and Gloucester discuss which of the King’s son-in-laws will likely inherit the kingdom. At first, it seems he preferred the Duke of Alban, but now it’s hard to tell. Kent turns to Edmund and asks Gloucester if that’s his son. It’s not. It’s his wife’s son though. Gloucester uncomfortably rags on... Continue Reading →

Domestic Violence in Othello

TW: emotional abuse, physical abuse, and murder In the wake of the #MeToo movement and a growing awareness of domestic violence issues, it makes sense for recent production of Othello to highlight the abuse Desdemona endures. It makes sense because of our current societal discourse and because Othello provides a great look into what abuse... Continue Reading →

MacBeth Part 3

Act IV, Scene 3MacDuff has come to see Malcolm, the rightful heir to the throne. MacDuff urges Malcolm to fight and take Scotland back. Malcolm is suspicious of MacDuff though. It wasn’t that long ago that MacDuff loved MacBeth. In addition, MacBeth has not done any grievous wrong to MacDuff. AND he left his wife... Continue Reading →

Did Shakespeare Smoke Pot?

And more importantly, does it matter?   Recently a 2001 study has resurfaced that found evidence Shakespeare may have smoked pot. The study seems to come back into the mainstream every few years, so that the Bardolators can clutch their pearls and insist he didn’t, or the marijuana enthusiasts can voice their support. The evidence... Continue Reading →

Hamlet and Grief | Breaking Bard Episode 16

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!95126   Hello, and welcome to another episode of Breaking Bard, I’m your host Sara. You may have noticed a distinct lack of a cold open. That is because this episode is very long and my fluff was deemed unnecessary...by me. On today’s episode I am joined by Dr. Lisa Grogan, a clinical psychologist and... Continue Reading →

MacBeth Part 2

Act III, Scene 1Banquo is concerned that MacBeth acquired the crown through nefarious means. However, since the witches were right about MacBeth, they should be right about him. That should make him happy, shouldn’t it? Macbeth, Lady MacBeth, and their royal posse enter. MacBeth invites Banquo to dinner. Banquo is going riding, but promises to... Continue Reading →

Troilus & Cressida Sources | Breaking Bard Episode 15

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!f757a   “For now will I go straight to my matter, In which you may the double sorrows hear Of Troilus in loving of Criseyde, And how that she forsook him ere she died.” Troilus and Creseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer   Troilus and Cressida is one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays, and I kind of... Continue Reading →

MacBeth Part 1

Act I, Scene 1The witches set their plans to meet MacBeth at sunset on the heath after battle. Act I, Scene 2The King gets reports on what happened with the battle. MacBeth and Banquo defeated the Norwegians, even when hope seems lost. They were pretty much just the best. That sergeant needed to leave though... Continue Reading →

The Essex Rebellion |Breaking Bard Episode 14

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!a2691   “The swooning lover crashed into Elizabeth’s chamber in his filthy travelling clothes ‘so full of dirt and mire that his very face was full of it’ to confront his fair mistress, barely out of bed, her wrinkles brutally exposed in the morning light and her wig off.” Lisa Hilton, The Renaissance Prince  ... Continue Reading →

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