Anti-racism in the Shakespeare Community

Madeline Sayet, a Mohegan theatremaker, recently wrote an article titled “Interrogating the Shakespeare System.” In this article, she challenges the notion that Shakespeare is the greatest writer of all time and how that notion has negatively impacted our society, specifically American society. I will admit that at first glance I felt defensive and even rolled... Continue Reading →

Coriolanus Part Two

Act II, Scene 2Two officers discuss the upcoming elections for consul. Coriolanus is sure to be one up for nomination. He is, of course, the one they discuss. He’s proud and clearly hates the common people, but at least he’s honest about it. Plus, he’s fought valiantly for Rome. He will probably get the consulship.... Continue Reading →

Was Shakespeare Bisexual?

The other day I stumbled across an article with the headline “William Shakespeare was undeniably bisexual, researchers claim.” I immediately rolled my eyes at the word “undeniably.” Shakespeare was not undeniably anything. Due to limited records (which is perfectly normal for the period), doubt can be cast on almost every aspect of his existence. Basic... Continue Reading →

Coriolanus Part One

Act I, Scene 1The plebeians are hungry. Grain (referred to as corn) costs too much and they blame the patricians (leaders), especially Caius Marcius. They have decided to revolt and hopefully kill Marcius. Their reasoning being: if they kill Marcius, they can have grain at whatever price they want. One citizen mentions that Caius Marcius... Continue Reading →

Antony and Cleopatra Sources | Breaking Bard Ep 22

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!28f00 “Now Antonius was made so subject to a woman’s will, that though he was a great deal stronger by land, yet for Clepatra’s sake he would needs have this battle tried by sea.” - Plutarch in Parallel Lives We cannot underestimate the role Shakespeare played in establishing Antony and Cleopatra as one of the... Continue Reading →

MacBeth References in Hamilton

This blog contains many Hamilton spoilers. You have been warned. I, like much of the world, found myself enamored with Hamilton when the production was released on Disney+. I knew the soundtrack already, but seeing the production made everything much more impactful. Of course, as a Shakespeare fanatic, my ears perked up at the MacBeth... Continue Reading →

Diagnosing Lady MacBeth | Breaking Bard Ep 21

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!72f48 I thought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more! Macbeth is murdering sleep.” Innocent sleep. Sleep that soothes away all our worries. Sleep that puts each day to rest. Sleep that relieves the weary laborer and heals hurt minds. Sleep, the main course in life’s feast, and the most nourishing.MacBeth Act 2 Scene... Continue Reading →

Antony and Cleopatra Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1Caesar laughs at Antony challenging him to one-on-one combat because he has better ways to die. Mecaenas tells him to not pay Antony any mind because he is clearly failing. Caesar decides to let the army know that some of Antony’s men have come to their side. He also decides to let... Continue Reading →

Racism in Shakespeare

The other day a google document was shared on the Shakespeare 2020 Project Facebook page. In the document was a breakdown of different words used in Shakespeare that may be considered offensive today. The document was presented as a guide for editing Shakespeare to remove any offensive language. I was intrigued by the document, but... Continue Reading →

Antony and Cleopatra Part 2

Act II, Scene 6Pompey, Caesar, Antony, and Lepidus meet to negotiate terms. They have prisoners to exchange, so they will spea before the fight. Caesar, Antony, and Lepidus have sent terms beforehand. Pompey either needs to agree to those terms or they will go to war. Pompey acknowledges that his father has been largely avenged... Continue Reading →

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