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 →

Sources for MacBeth | Breaking Bard Episode 10

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!6373d   “But screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail” - Lady MacBeth Act I, Scene 7 of the Scottish Play Many have heard of MacBeth, the tyrannical title character of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Many more are unaware that MacBeth was a real Scottish King. Shakespeare however was... Continue Reading →

Othello Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 Roderigo is quite perturbed to hear the news that Iago has. He can’t believe that Iago actually dislikes Othello. Iago reassures him by explaining that he was due for a promotion. In fact, he had three influential men trying to persuade Othello to promote him. Othello didn’t seem to care though... Continue Reading →

2020 Shakespeare

When I heard about Ian Doescher’s 2020 Shakespeare Project, I knew I would have to partake in the challenge. For any that don’t know, Doescher is the author of the pop Shakespeare series and has challenged himself to read through the Complete Works of Shakespeare in the year 2020. He has opened this project up... Continue Reading →

Diagnosing Portia | Breaking Bard Episode 9

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!497ca   Hello lovely listeners. I wanted to pop in with a couple notes before we get started with this episode. First, this is not the MacBeth episode I promised last week. I wanted to do better research for that episode and I had this one recorded, so I moved up this episode. Now, a... Continue Reading →

Who Will Believe Thee, Isabel?

“Who will believe thee Isabel?” The words rang in my ear from the moment they were uttered by Angelo in Measure for Measure. I didn’t need to ask myself why. I knew why. I still know why. Those words are the exact words every woman dreads to hear. In that moment, I became Isabella. My... Continue Reading →

Measure for Measure Part 3

Act IV, Scene 2 The provost proposes a deal to Pompey. If he serves as an assistant to the executioner, he will get a shorter sentence and avoid a whipping. Pompey refuses to give a straight answer because that’s the function of his character. In the end, of course, he agrees and the executioner is... Continue Reading →

Fairies | Breaking Bard Episode 8

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!c85c2   “We fairies that do run.../ Following the darkness like a dream/ Now are frolic; not a mouse/ Shall disturb this hallowed house./ I am sent with broom before/ To sweep the dust behind the door” Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 5 Scene 1   Today when we hear the word fairy, a small winged... Continue Reading →

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