Shakespeare’s Macbeth 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. Macbeth is the play most requested by summer audiences at Saratoga Shakespeare Company.
Saratoga Shakespeare’s production of Macbeth 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.
Enrico Spada, right, the founder and director of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park announces the inaugural event at the Lichenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield Tuesday. On left, Berkshire Money Management President Allen Harris offered a challenge grant, offering to match $5,000 if that amount is raised in the next ten days.
Bedlam Theatre in New York City that is currently producing two shows - played in repertory, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan 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.
Eric Tucker is the the Artistic Director of Bedlam Theatre. He plays Hamlet and a few other roles in their production of Hamlet, numerous characters in Saint Joan, and directed both productions. Bedlam’s Producing Director, Andrus Nichols, plays Joan in Saint Joan and numerous characters in Hamlet - including Gertrude, Ophelia, Guildenstern, the Player King, and the Gravedigger.
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.
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 Women of Will.
More than three and half decades since its release, Star Wars 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: Family Guy and Robot Chicken have celebrated the trilogies; the ill-fated Star Wars Christmas Special that features Chewbacca racing across the galaxy for the holidays has millions of YouTube views; one-man Star Wars performer Charlie Ross has been on this very show; and actors like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reportedly began their comedy partnership when one recognized the other’s droid sound effect at a dinner.
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.
But novelist Ian Doescher has done just that in his new book, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, out now from Quirk Books.
And before you curse the ghost of Thomas Bowdler, think about it for a second: Star Wars 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.
So before he exits, pursued by a Wookie, it's our pleasure to welcome Ian Doescher to the Roundtable.
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.
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.
Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s free professional production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, gets underway next week. Directed by David Girard, the play will be set in 1930s Saratoga as part of the Saratoga 150 celebration.
Here to tell us more, we welcome Lary Opitz – who plays Falstaff and is the SSC Artistic Director. Yvonne Perry is also here – she plays Mistress Page - and Brenny Rabine plays Mistress Ford.
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival began in 1987 and makes its home under a specially designed tent theater on the grounds of the historic Boscobel House & Gardens 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 Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, and The 39 Steps.