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Bard day’s work: what I learned from eavesdropping on RSC rehearsals

The Royal Shakespeare Company is letting the public watch the usually secret processes towards performance – from clapping games to verse sessionsThe creative process normally takes place behind closed doors. But the RSC has boldly upended that idea by streaming its Open Rehearsal Project for Henry VI Part One. What this means, in practice, is that cameras are admitted for three sessions each day. At 10am we watch a half-hour company warm-up. From noon, for 90 minutes, we get to see either a cla...
Tags: Theatre, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, Royal Shakespeare Company, Bard, RSC, Gregory Doran, Owen Horsley


Britain Now Has Its First All-Black-Female Shakespeare Troupe

Says actor Gabrielle Brooks, one of four co-founders of the Mawa Theatre Company, “Shakespeare remains a staple of British theatre. He’s still the most produced playwright in the world and I think if we want to tackle diversity, representation and inclusion, then why not start with the Bard himself? … If we can, as black British women, embed ourselves into the history of classical texts, then I think we can bring about real change.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Theatre, Britain, Bard, 06.10.21, Gabrielle Brooks, Mawa Theatre Company Shakespeare


Vancouver Maritime Museum – Executive Director

For more than 60 years Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM) has been sharing stories about maritime heritage in British Columbia and the Canadian Arctic that reflect a diverse range of voices. OrganizationFor more than 60 years Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM) has been sharing stories about maritime heritage in British Columbia and the Canadian Arctic that reflect a diverse range of voices. Its mission is to be a centre for dialogue, research, expression, and experience regarding the maritime herit...
Tags: Art, Asia, Japan, Cook, Jobs, Toronto, Nasa, First Nations, Canada, Ben Franklin, Broadway, Finland, Football League, Vancouver, North America, Archives


Shakespeare’s Birthday Just Went By, And He Barely Seems Older At All

Charles McNulty on the Bard in 2021: “Shakespeare’s characters keep drawing us back because we want to understand them more fully. They leave us with an impression of unfinished business. Just as no one in our lives can be fully known, so the figures in his plays reveal only so much about what they think, feel and believe.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Bard, Charles McNulty, 04.22.21


Andre Holland, Kara Young, Tanis Parenteau and More to Star in BULRUSHER for BARD AT THE GATE

Eisa Davis's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play BULRUSHER will be the 3rd play to receive an online production as part of Paula Vogel's play reading series, BARD AT THE GATE, debuting on YouTube on Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Youtube, Theatre, Bard, BWW News Desk, Paula Vogel, Eisa Davis, Andre Holland Kara Young Tanis Parenteau


Playwright Paula Vogel’s Advice Right Now: Follow Your Joy

Vogel isn’t saying this lightly. She started a play reading series in the middle of a pandemic. “The reason that I started Bard at the Gate is because I have asthma and diabetes. I was actually in rehearsal in New York, and all of us got tremendously sick and we thought, Oh, no. And I came back home to Wellfleet. And then I thought, ‘Well, it’s possible that the virus has my number.’ … [But] I don’t want to die before I see the play that I quit my job over in 1978.” – Token Theatre Friends
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Bard, Vogel, Wellfleet, Paula Vogel, 07.13.20


Paula Vogel's BARD AT THE GATE Series Adds Christina Anderson's GOOD GOODS to Lineup

BARD AT THE GATE - a startup play series presented by Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE and Tony-nominated INDECENT playwright - will add a fifth play to its four-play schedule with a pre-Election Day world-premiere presentation on YouTube of Christina Anderson's play GOOD GOODS in October date TBA. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Bard, Tony, BWW News Desk, Paula Vogel, Christina Anderson


Abigail Breslin, Matthew Hancock and Josh Hamilton to Star in BARD AT THE GATE's Presentation of KERNEL OF SANITY

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel will open the virtual play reading series she has created and curated a Bard at the Gate - with Kermit Frazier's play KERNEL OF SANITY, to be webstreamed on Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. on YouTube. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Bard, Josh Hamilton, BWW News Desk, Paula Vogel, Abigail Breslin Matthew Hancock, Kermit Frazier


Paula Vogel's BARD AT THE GATE Series Now Set to Launch June 25 With KERNEL OF SANITY

BARD AT THE GATE, under the aegis of playwright, producer and educator Paula Vogel announced a new launch date and a re-ordering of the performance schedule. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Bard, BWW News Desk, Paula Vogel


Paula Vogel to Produce New Startup Play Series BARD AT THE GATE Featuring Katrina Lenk and More

BARD AT THE GATE - a startup play series presented by Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE and Tony-nominated INDECENT playwright - will debut on Wednesday, June 10 at 700 pm with a reading of Meg Miroshnik's THE DROLL Or, a Stage-Play about the END of Theatre. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Bard, Tony, BWW News Desk, Paula Vogel, Katrina Lenk, Meg Miroshnik


Shakespeare’s secret co-writer finally takes a bow … 430 years late

Thomas Watson recognised by literary scholars as the Bard’s forgotten 16th-century collaboratorHe was one of the most celebrated English playwrights of the 16th century, yet none of his plays survived, and today the name of Thomas Watson is virtually unknown. Now the writer, poet and pioneer of the English madrigal – who also saved the life of the playwright Christopher Marlowe in a street brawl – is being seen in a new light.Watson has been identified as the most likely primary author of Arden ...
Tags: Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Watson, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Bard, Thomas Watson, Christopher Marlowe


Shakespeare in lockdown: did he write King Lear in plague quarantine?

Pestilence was rife in the Bard’s time, closing theatres and ravaging life. Did he write his bleak, desperate drama while self-isolating? We sift the evidence While those of us stuck in self-isolation or working from home watch TikTok videos and refresh liveblogs, a meme has been going around that claims Shakespeare made use of being quarantined during the plague to write King Lear. The Bard supposedly took advantage of the Globe’s lengthy closure to get on top of his writing in-tray – coming up...
Tags: Theatre, Society, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, John, Avon, Shakespeare, Social history, Cleopatra, Macbeth, Stratford, Bard, Antony, King Lear, Bubonic plague


RIP – Feminist Trailblazer Carolee Schneemann Has Passed Away at the Age of 79

Carolee Schneeman, via Artist Artist Carolee Schneemann, the artist whose work relentlessly challenged and reframed cultural discourses and taboos around sex, identity and gender, has died at the age of 79. Portrait Partials, via Artist Born in Philadelphia, Schneemann studied at Bard in New York, and would continually challenge assumptions regarding her gender as an artist, […]
Tags: Art, New York, Obituary, Art News, Carolee Schneemann, Featured Post, Bard, Carolee Schneeman, Philadelphia Schneemann


The Most Underrated Composer In History? Reconsidering Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

“If your reaction to hearing the name Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is a shrug, even a smirk, you’re not alone.” Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim visits the Bard Music Festival, dedicated to the man Richard Taruskin calls, yes, “the most underrated composer in history.” Responds CdFW, “I can’t say that’s a judgment I quite came to share … But I left Bard with a newfound appreciation for a quality I had never before considered as a factor in music: shame.”
Tags: Art, Music, Bard, Corinna da Fonseca Wollheim, Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov, Richard Taruskin, 08.15.18


Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' And Politics, Then And Now

"Why was the Bard so fascinated with the fall of the Roman Republic? Why do we tend to turn to this play when we worry about society's future? ... Isaac [Butler] talks to theater critic Helen Shaw and English professor Andrew Hadfield about what was going on in Shakespeare's time that led him to look […]
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Bard, Julius Caesar, Roman Republic, Andrew Hadfield, 05.08.18, Isaac -LSB- Butler, Helen Shaw


The 1,700+ Words Invented by Shakespeare*

One of the favorite reference books on my shelves isn’t a style guide or dictionary but a collection of insults. And not just any collection of insults, but Shakespeare’s Insults for Teachers, an illustrated guide through the playwright’s barbs and put-downs, designed to offer comic relief to the beleaguered educator. (Books and websites about Shakespeare’s insults almost constitute a genre in themselves.) I refer to this slim, humorous hardback every time discussions of Shakespeare get too pon...
Tags: Google, College, Theatre, America, Bbc, David, Literature, Venice, Vanessa Redgrave, Charles, Ello, Shakespeare, Bbc America, National Geographic, Bard, English Language


Review: Henry V Is Shakespeare's Royal Rebel With a Cause

A Noise Within presents the final play in the Bard's Henry trilogy.
Tags: Theatre, Bard, Henry, Henry V Is Shakespeare


The Ten Most-Produced Plays Of 2017-18: Shakespeare Leads The List, Even Though His Plays Don't Count

As it does every year, American Theatre magazine omits the Bard's plays and A Christmas Carol adaptations (because they'd lead year in, year out). Yet the most-produced play of the coming season is ... Shakespeare in Love. (Most of the rest of the list is higher-brow.)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Audience, Bard, Don, 09.21.17


Review: The Tempest

Shakespeare and Company inaugurates its new venue with the Bard's tale of "rough magic."
Tags: Theatre, Shakespeare, Bard


Lauren Cornell Heads to Bard as Director of Bard CCS Graduate Program

New Museum curator Lauren Cornell is leaving the institution to take a position as director of the graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and chief curator of the Hessel Museum of Art.  “Our recent expansion broadened our capacity for archival research and contemporary art scholarship, creating greater opportunities for the CCS […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Bard, Bard College, Lauren Cornell, Lauren Cornell Heads, Bard CCS Graduate Program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Hessel Museum of Art


Essay: Fake news, faith and reason - Yahoo

Ian Buruma is a Professor at Bard and the author of many books about Japan. His latest book, Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War, was published in Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 12:47 PM EDT Yoga, spinning and a murder: My strange months at Lululemon I worked at Lululemon the year an
Tags: Japan, Design, Yahoo, Bard, Lululemon, Ian Buruma


Top Stories From AJBlogs For The Weekend 04.09.17

Lines For Mulligan, With Video The press of Art Pepper business distracted Rifftides from noting that yesterday was the birthday of Gerry Mulligan. He would have been 90. On the occasion, Franca Mulligan sent news about an ... read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2017-04-08 Become Wind I have a rare NYC performance next week, and, even rarer, a NYC world premiere. The ensemble Contemporaneous, led by Bard graduates David Bloom and Dylan Mattingly, is premiering my Cap Rock Wind for mezzo-so...
Tags: Art, Broadway, Metropolitan Museum, Ajblogs, Barratt, Bard, Gerry Mulligan, Eric Hoffer, Rifftides, David Bloom, Dylan Mattingly, Carrie Rebora Barratt, Franca Mulligan, Cap Rock Wind


Exit Lines: Headline News

The winter of our discontent? Not on New York stages, anyway. Dear Evan Hansen, an Off Broadway hit last season, has been warmly received on the Main Stem, and gives its composers, the lyricists of La La Land, holiday cheer across two mediums. The latest play-to-movie-to-musical, A Bronx Tale, received Bronx cheers from the critics, but solid grosses may help it pick up where the departing Jersey Boys will soon leave off. They can’t all be successes–Diane Lane suffered nobly through a misbegotte...
Tags: Music, New York, Featured, Musicals, Russia, New York City, Theatre, Chicago, Broadway, Cambodia, Daniel Craig, Drake, Lincoln Center, Bronx, Shakespeare, Othello


38 REASONS TO LOVE SHAKESPEARE Video Campaign Kicks Off for the Bard's 400th Anniversary

As of earlier this week onOctober 3, the Shakespeare Theatre Association STA is releasingvideos made exclusively for an international campaign entitled 38 Reasons to Love Shakespeare. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Bard, BWW News Desk


3,000 Illustrations of Shakespeare’s Complete Works from Victorian England, Neatly Presented in a New Digital Archive

“We can say of Shakespeare,” wrote T.S. Eliot—in what may sound like the most backhanded of compliments from one writer to another—“that never has a man turned so little knowledge to such great account.” Eliot, it’s true, was not overawed by the Shakespearean canon; he pronounced Hamlet “most certainly an artistic failure,” though he did love Coriolanus. Whatever we make of his ambivalent, contrarian opinions of the most famous author in the English language, we can credit Eliot for keen obser...
Tags: Google, Art, UK, England, College, Literature, Shakespeare, Archives, Cardiff University, Goya, Henry V, Bard, Gilbert, Facebook Twitter, Lear, Knight


Exit Lines: Theatres of War

My first Shakespeare in the Park experience was 20 years ago. The night was beautiful, the Delacorte Theater sublime. The play was Timon of Athens. As a poet centuries removed from the Bard sang, two outta three ain’t bad. First-time visitors to the Public’s annual revelries in Central Park are no doubt wrestling with Troilus and Cressida the same way I wrestled with that other outlier in the First Folio. Othello they aren’t. Still, I’m fond of Timon of Athens, which is not the sort of thing Jud...
Tags: Music, New York, Hollywood, London, Featured, Privacy, Snowden, Theatre, Edward Snowden, Northern Ireland, Athens, Broadway, Poland, Harry Potter, Graham, Norway


Is Putting Shakespeare Into Modern English Really A Good Idea?

Linguist John McWhorter and Rutgers professor Jack Lynch, author of Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned a Provincial Playwright into the Bard, discuss the ‘sacrilege” issue. (podcast)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Bard, Rutgers, John McWhorter, Jack Lynch


1,000 Vintage Postcards Show Famous Actors Performing Shakespeare’s Plays from 1880 to 1914

We’ll never fully know how anything looked in Shakespeare’s time, much less how the Bard’s own plays did when first performed on the stage of the Globe Theatre. Thorough scholarship of history in general and Shakespeare in particular has enabled us to imagine and reconstruct such a sight with reasonable credibility, but only so much direct accuracy, since the development of photography wouldn’t happen for a couple hundred years. But not long after humanity got its photographers did those photog...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Photography, UK, College, Theatre, US, Los Angeles, History, George Orwell, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Seoul, Bard, Emory University, Facebook Twitter


Bard on the wire: how Chicago scored a hit with Shakespeare and Leonard Cohen

Tug of War, a gripping take on the history plays with protest songs from Leonard Cohen and Nina Simone, is rocking Chicago. The woman behind it says torture and invasion never felt more relevantWe admire Shakespeare’s tragedies. We enjoy his comedies. But I suspect that, if we’re looking for an echo of our own troubled times, we turn to his history plays – which have never been more popular. Ralph Fiennes and Michelle Terry are about to play, respectively, Richard III and Henry V. The BBC’s Holl...
Tags: Theatre, Bbc, Chicago, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Ralph Fiennes, Nina Simone, Richard III, Leonard Cohen, Ivo van Hove, Henry V, Tim Buckley, Bard, the BBC


An Extreme Shakespearean Indulgence, With Dame Judi Dench, David Tennant, Prince Charles And A Lot More

Oh, what the heck: Start your week watching British acting royalty, and British royalty, getting into the Bard in these clips from this weekend’s Royal Shakespeare Company extravaganza.
Tags: Art, Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Bard, 04.24.16, Dame Judi Dench David Tennant Prince Charles



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