King John Part 3

Let's see how this all ends...probably really well for everyone. Act IV, Scene 1 Hubert prepares with the executioner to surprise Arthur, bind him to a chair, and have the red hot iron ready. Hubert starts talking to Arthur, who is just delightful. He asks why Hubert is sad and reflects on his own misfortune. … Continue reading King John Part 3

King John Part 2

And there was peace between England and France...for 2.5 seconds. Act III, Scene 1 Salisbury just told Constance about the marriage between Louis and Blanche. Constance doesn't take it well. First she doesn't believe him, but he confirms it to be true. She laments about this turn of events and wishes she could die from … Continue reading King John Part 2

King John Part 1

This has already been much more enjoyable than anticipated, in large part due to the character Philip the Bastard. Act I, Scene 1 Chantillon, an emissary from France, comes to tell John that he isn't really King and that he should just give up the throne to his nephew Arthur. In a shocking turn of … Continue reading King John Part 1

Introducing King John

Alright, here we go, another history play. King John is one of Shakespeare’s outlier history plays. John was king about 169 years before Edward III. While the play takes some definite liberties with history, it is helpful to know some context before jumping into the plot. Unfortunately, to get a full understanding, we have to … Continue reading Introducing King John

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Peek into Elizabethan Theatre

Occasionally, Shakespeare gives us a glimpse into what life was like in Elizabethan England. A Midsummer Night's Dream may offer a look into what the theatre was like during Shakespeare's time through the dysfunctional group of actors. The few short scenes that feature the actors show us the collaborative nature of the theatre from casting … Continue reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Peek into Elizabethan Theatre

Midsummer Night’s Dream Part 2

Everyone wakes up, the lovers all get married and a play is performed. Act IV, Scene 1 Titania and her fairies are doting on Bottom, who is taking full advantage of the situation. He asks to be scratched and then for the honey bag off of a bee (because that's not crazy hard) and then … Continue reading Midsummer Night’s Dream Part 2

Midsummer Night’s Dream Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 Theseus, the Duke of Athens, prepares for his wedding to Hippolyta. He is thrilled to have won such a woman and commands the entire kingdom to celebrate. This is when Egeus drags in his daughter, Hermia. She has it in her head that she can marry the man she loves, Lysander, … Continue reading Midsummer Night’s Dream Part 1

Book Review: Contested Will by James Shapiro

The Authorship Controversy is infamous in the Shakespeare community and it keeps rearing its ugly head as new people are convinced that William Shakespeare, the man from Stratford, could not have written the plays attributed to him. This controversy (although conspiracy theory may be a better phrase) is something that has always perplexed me. I … Continue reading Book Review: Contested Will by James Shapiro

Romeo, Juliet, and the Suicide Discussion

Romeo & Juliet is often a teen's first introduction to Shakespeare. This is a logical decision given that the two protagonists are quintessential teens. It gives the students someone to relate to. However, in recent years we have become more aware of how portraying suicide within the media effects young people suffering from depression. The … Continue reading Romeo, Juliet, and the Suicide Discussion

Scholar Out in the World: Romeo & Juliet Presented by Globe Actor

It's not often that we get the opportunity to see an actor from Shakespeare's Globe in London here in Cincinnati, Ohio, but we had that opportunity today. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company invited Scott Brooksbank from the Globe to present interactive retellings of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the … Continue reading Scholar Out in the World: Romeo & Juliet Presented by Globe Actor