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 →

Romeo & Juliet: Love or Lust? | Breaking Bard Episode 13

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!dd1ea   “Two households both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death... Continue Reading →

Othello Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1Iago is trying to calm Othello down, who is absolutely certain that Desdemona and Cassio kissed. Iago doesn’t seem the harm in a kiss or even laying naked together if nothing happened. This, understandably enrages Othello. It’s hypocritical to give into temptation just enough to not actually sin. Iago tries a new... Continue Reading →

Othello Part 2

Act II, Scene 3Othello instructs Cassio to keep the watch. Cassio knows Iago already has instructions to do so. Othello leaves his men to it and takes Desdemona to bed. Iago comes up and tries to convince Cassio that they don’t have to start the watch just yet. Othello just wanted to shoo them off... Continue Reading →

Shakespeare’s Lost Years | Breaking Bard Episode 12

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!0dfac   Quick note before we get started. The podcast and blog have been much more sporadic than I would like them to be lately. Turns out introducing a rescue dog to a new house and a toddler is a bit of a time suck. Please be patient as I work to get back on... Continue Reading →

Richard III | Breaking Bard Episode 11

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!a53f8   “And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover, To entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain And hate the idle pleasures of these days. Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous, By drunken prophecies, libels and dreams, To set my brother Clarence and the king In deadly hate the... Continue Reading →

Why the Authorship Question Matters

Over the holidays, I was discussing the Shakespeare Authorship Controversy with my father in law. He is an admitted novice when it comes to Shakespeare, but - like most of us - he has some basic experience with the plays. He was unfamiliar with the fact that there is a group of people who doubt... Continue Reading →

Reading Shakespeare

The other day I was perusing the Shakespeare 2020 Facebook Group, like I frequently do these days, and saw an interesting question from one of the other group members. (I can’t find it now, but thank you!). Any she was fairly new to Shakespeare and wanted to get opinions from other members on how best... Continue Reading →

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