shakespeare en The Book Show #1356 - Alexi Zentner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Set on a small, fictional island off the coast of Maine, <a href="">Alexi Zentner's</a> second novel, <em>The Lobster Kings</em>, is a nod to Shakespeare’s King Lear.</p><p>It introduces a fiery and unforgettable heroine, Cordelia Kings. <em>The Lobster Kings</em> is the story of Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94884 at The Book Show #1356 - Alexi Zentner Saratoga Shakespeare Company Presents "Macbeth" 7/15-27 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Shakespeare’s <em>Macbeth</em> is considered one of the greatest tragedies ever written, overflowing with murder, madness and evil spirits, as it explores the dark side of ambition, greed, and guilt. <em>Macbeth</em> is the play most requested by summer audiences at <a href="">Saratoga Shakespeare Company</a>.</p><p>Saratoga Shakespeare’s production of <em>Macbeth</em> will run in Congress Park July 15th-27th. Joining to tell us more – actors Tim Dugan (Macbeth), Amy Prothro (Lady Macbeth) and Artistic Director of Saratoga Shakespeare Company, Lary Opitz.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94518 at Saratoga Shakespeare Company Presents "Macbeth" 7/15-27 Herbert Wolff Reviews "Shakespeare's Will" <p>Today theater reviewer Herbert Wolff looks at the <a href="" target="_blank">Shakespeare and Company</a> production of "Shakepeare's Will," &nbsp;playing now through August 24 at the Bernstein Theater.</p><p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Herbert Wolff 93640 at Herbert Wolff Reviews "Shakespeare's Will" Shakespeare In The Park Coming To Pittsfield <p>Theater enthusiasts can add another event to the typically busy schedule of cultural attractions in the Berkshires this summer.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:09:13 +0000 Jim Levulis 86655 at Shakespeare In The Park Coming To Pittsfield Bedlam Theatre's "Hamlet" And "Saint Joan" <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="">Bedlam Theatre</a> in New York City that is currently producing two shows - played in repertory, William Shakespeare’s <em>Hamlet</em> and George Bernard Shaw’s <em>Saint Joan</em> are boldly theatrical, stripped down, immersive productions of classic plays. These two large-cast shows are each played with a company of four - and not only four, but the same four actors in both plays.</p><p>Eric Tucker is the the Artistic Director of Bedlam Theatre. He plays Hamlet and a few other roles in their production of <em>Hamlet</em>, numerous characters in <em>Saint Joan</em>, and directed both productions. Bedlam’s Producing Director, Andrus Nichols, plays Joan in <em>Saint Joan</em> and numerous characters in <em>Hamlet</em> - including Gertrude, Ophelia, Guildenstern, the Player King, and the Gravedigger.</p><p>Bedlam is a company committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience - they create theatre in a flexible, raw space - and the audience is always included in their productions.</p><p>Eric Tucker joins us to tell us more - he has worked with playwrights Tony Kushner, David Henry Hwang, David Ives, Paula Vogel and Ellen McLaughlin. He is founder of the Trinity Shakespeare Summer Project and has worked with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA - including working with Tina Packer on <em>Women of Will</em>.</p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 81264 at Bedlam Theatre's "Hamlet" And "Saint Joan" All The Galaxy's A Stage: William Shakespeare's Star Wars <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than three and half decades since its release, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Star Wars</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is more popular than ever. News of the series reboot means a new round of earnest excitement, but for now, blind fandom has been replaced among aficionados with a new level of ironic appreciation for the universe: </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Family Guy</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Robot Chicken</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have celebrated the trilogies; the ill-fated </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Star Wars Christmas Special</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that features </span>Chewbacca<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> racing across the galaxy for the holidays has millions of YouTube views; one-man </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Star Wars</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> performer Charlie Ross has been on this very show; and actors like Simon </span>Pegg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Nick Frost reportedly began their comedy partnership when one recognized the other’s droid sound effect at a dinner.</span></p><p>All of which is to say it’s surprising that it took this long to bring the ivory tower gravity of Statford-On-Avon to the swamps of Dagobah.</p><p>But novelist Ian Doescher has done just that in his new book, <em>William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope</em>, out now from Quirk Books.</p><p>And before you curse the ghost of Thomas Bowdler, think about it for a second: <em>Star Wars </em>and Shakespeare is not such a stretch. There’s the Falstaffian comic relief of C-3PO and R2D2, the questions over legacy and progeny that consume Darth Vader like an interstellar King Lear, the underworld of a Shylock known as Jabba the Hutt.</p><p>So before he exits, pursued by a Wookie, it's our pleasure to welcome Ian Doescher to the Roundtable.</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 73164 at All The Galaxy's A Stage: William Shakespeare's Star Wars Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 27th Season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is celebrating its </span>27th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> season with three shows - </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Three Musketeers</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">All’s Well That Ends Well</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">King Lear.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Shakespeare’s masterpiece about an aging king’s attempt to divide his kingdom between his three daughters. Deceived by misplaced affection and flattery, the king makes a series of terrible decisions, tearing his family and kingdom apart, and is pushed to the brink of madness. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The festival's founding Artistic Director, Terry O’Brien joins us this morning along with Stephen Paul Johnson, who plays Lear, and Jason O’Connell who is in both Lear and All’s Well.</span></p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69981 at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 27th Season Saratoga Shakespeare Company <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> free professional production of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Merry Wives of Windsor</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, gets underway next week. Directed by David Girard, the play will be set in </span>1930s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Saratoga as part of the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Saratoga 150</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> celebration.</span></p><p>Here to tell us more, we welcome <a href="">Lary Opitz</a> – who plays Falstaff and is the SSC Artistic Director. <a href="">Yvonne Perry</a> is also here – she plays Mistress Page - and <a href="">Brenny Rabine</a> plays Mistress Ford.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 68868 at Saratoga Shakespeare Company Woodstock Shakespeare Festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Woodstock Shakespeare Festival’s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>18th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> summer season opens July </span>12th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"> The Winter’s Tale</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, one of the bard’s most fascinating late works.</span></p><p>Bird-On-A-Cliff Theatre Company performs <em>The Winter’s Tale</em> outdoors on an Elizabethan stage in Woodstock every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from July 12 through August 4.</p><p>David Aston-Reese is Co-Founder/Artistic Director of the company and stars in this production. Veteran actor and director Nicola Sheara directs.</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 68776 at Woodstock Shakespeare Festival Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival 2012 <p>The <a href="">Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival</a> began in 1987 and makes its home under a specially designed tent theater on the grounds of the historic <a href="">Boscobel House &amp; Gardens</a> in Garrison, New York. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to producing the plays of Shakespeare with an economy of style that focuses energy and resources on script, actors and audience. This season they present <em>Love&rsquo;s Labour&rsquo;s Lost</em>, <em>Romeo and Juliet</em>, and <em>The 39 Steps</em>. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:10:11 +0000 Joe Donahue 44394 at