Wednesday, November 10, 2010

WHAT IS "SHAKESPEARE IS"?



I'm trying to think of a Shakespearean way to say it, but let me just resort to the modern vernacular: I am super-psyched about "Shakespeare Is," a series of radio, TV, and on-demand programs about the Bard, set to premiere in late 2011. The producers have talked with scholars, educators, theater companies, and others about how they read, play, teach and interpret Shakespeare in their own lives. The video above is of Sharize Terrell, a member of a play reading group in a New York State prison, talking about his take on Macbeth. Elsewhere on the site are other audio and video clips, available here. This grade school rehearsal of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet is endearing. A few more audio clips of scholars are here, talking about such topics as the lack of the fourth wall in Elizabethan theater, the elasticity of interpretation of Shakespeare's plays, and more. Poke around on the site; more material is added as the production advances towards release next year.

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