Friday, May 25, 2007

Who's on First?

This Shakespearean version was performed by the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Fernando Meirelles to Direct Shakespeare Comedy Love's Labors Lost «

Fernando Meirelles to Direct Shakespeare Comedy Love's Labors Lost

The Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, Constant Gardener) is going to be directing a loose adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy Love's Labors Lost after he finishes his other film called Blindness. Announcing at Cannes in France, Meirelles stated “after I do Blindness’ which is a very dark story, I'll really need to do a comedy," which is an intereting direction for him considering how incredibly dark and deep both City of God and Constant Gardener are. Although Love's Labors Lost is originally a Shakespeare comedy, Meirelles’ adaptation will be based on the novel by Brazilian screenplay writer Jorge Furtado.
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival announces the 47th season of Shakespeare in Central Park.

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will open the 2007 summer season on June 21, 2007 beginning with the professional production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. This play has enjoyed three other productions since its 1969 debut in Central Park.

The second production of the summer season will be the lighthearted comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, performed by the Festival’s high school theatre troupe, the Globe Players. Since its 1964 premiere in Central Park, the play has been produced seven times by the Festival’s professional acting company. This season marks the first time that the Globe Players will be performing The Taming of the Shrew.

In addition, the Festival provides accessibility to everyone with the return of Shadow Sign performances for both Measure for Measure and The Taming of the Shrew. Courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts, the hearing impaired will be able to view signing actors as they shadow the other actors on select evenings.

Since 1960, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival has been dedicated to providing free, professional, classical theatre to the community. Performances are held at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park. The park is located in historic Old Louisville at the corner of 4th and Magnolia. As tradition, all summer performances are free of charge and begin at 8:00 p.m.

All new this season is The Greenshow, pre-play entertainment and activities. Summer audiences can arrive early for madrigal singers, jugglers, sword fighters, music, Shakespeare Youth Academy performances, Shakespeare spoofs, and much more. The Greenshow festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on select evenings.

June 20- Sneak Preview Measure for Measure
June 21-24, June 26-July 1, July 3-8- Measure for Measure
July 13-15- Measure for Measure Shadow Sign Performances
July 10-11- The Taming of the Shrew
July 12- The Taming of the Shrew Shadow Sign Performance
July 10-15- Pre-show entertainment in the Kids’ Globe at rear of amphitheatre
July 12 & 14- Professional child care provided during performance in the Kids’ Globe
June 22-23, June 28-30, July 6-7, July 10-15- The Greenshow

"Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Remixed" – new book about personality of love by Nigel Tomm

"Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Remixed" – new book about personality of love by Nigel Tomm

New York Times
Shakesperience — the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey’s first gathering of middle and high school students from across the state — maintained a lively tone, with 123 teenagers and preteens, some in Renaissance costume and others in ripped jeans, shouting “Huzzah!” and otherwise making merry.

The event was one the theater and Rider University plan to repeat annually as part of a new partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

National Shakespeare Competition

16,000 Students Speaking Shakespeare!

In the English-Speaking Union's National Shakespeare Competition, 16,000 students and 2,000 teachers from across the United States participated in a curriculum-based program designed to help high school students develop their communications skills and appreciation of language and literature, through the study, interpretation and performance of Shakespeare's monologues and sonnets.

On the Shakespeare's 443rd birthday, the grand finale was held at Lincoln Center.

Congratulations to Adam Brown from the Youth Performing Arts School in Kentucky (First Place), Jeweline Hale from the Curie Metropolitan High School in Chicago (Second Place), and Kristopher Dean from the North Penn High School in Philadelphia (Third Place) and all the amazingly talented participants.

Click here to see Adam Brown's awe-inspiring performance of (1) Sonnet 130, (2) Shylock from The Merchant of Venice (Act III, Scene 1, lines 53-73 with cuts), and (3) his cold reading of Berowne from Love's Labour's Lost. With this brilliant performance Adam won a scholarship provided by the British American Drama Academy (BADA) to their four-week Midsummer in Oxford drama program in classical theater.

You can view the performances of the ten finalists here as well.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

The appetite of publishers for comic book - or graphic novel - versions of Shakespeare plays seems undimmed. But is this a valid way of introducing the Bard to new readers?

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Shakespeare Collection Comes to DVD August 14

Warner Bros. is getting literary in August!

Warner Home Video will debut a four title collection of William Shakespeare's most famous screen adaptations on August 14. Leading the group will be the long-awaited DVD debut of Kenneth's Branagh's Hamlet 2- Disc Special Edition, featuring a magnificent all-star cast. The collection also includes three other famous Shakespeare screen translations, all making their highly-demanded premieres on DVD -- Max Reinhardt's legendary production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which featured virtually the entire Warner Bros. stable of stars circa 1935, Sir Laurence Olivier's Othello, and the lavish M-G-M version of Romeo and Juliet starring Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer.
Shakespeare Comes to Calamity Creek

The mischievous villain, the pure heroine, and the well-intentioned hero -- all the components that combine to create a good ole’ fashioned Western melodrama. Costa Mesa High School’s production of 'Shakespeare Comes to Calamity Creek' delivered all of the above with a musical spin. Written by Tim Kelly, this upbeat musical catapults the audience into a time of prospecting and notorious outlaws. A traveling troupe of Shakespearian actors arrives in Calamity Creek only to turn this typical mining town upside-down.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Shakespeare play's marquee banner no habla EspaƱol

Spanish words on a marquee outside Wagner High School advertising a Spanish-language version of the Shakespeare comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" — "Un Sueno en Una Noche de Verano" — were changed to English after the school received calls of complaint.

The production, which opened Thursday and ends with a matinee today, is using a script translated into Spanish by Wagner drama teacher Laurence Wensel.

The cast members, several of them native Spanish-speakers who are now bilingual, showed enthusiasm for producing the famous play in Spanish.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Open Letters Monthly » The Bard of Everybody

Garrett Handley reviews the Royal Shakespeare Company's revision of Shakespeare's First Folio.

Corrections: For the Record - New York Times

Corrections: Knock Knock

Here's a curious correction that appeared in the NY Times today:

A books column in Weekend on Friday, about several books on Shakespeare released to coincide with his birthday last month, referred incorrectly to the porter’s actions in “Macbeth.” He opens the gate; he does not knock on it.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Shakesperience brings the Bard down to Earth

Shakesperience brings the Bard down to Earth

When most kids think of William Shakespeare, the playwright they are studying in their English classes does not usually conjure up much excitement.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey wants to change that and get kids excited about the Bard. So they invited kids to perform Shakespeare's works for each other in a day, highlighting the study of the playwright through performance.