Online Performances and Events
- Playwright Ken Ludwig joins the Folger Shakespeare Library for a new episode of Shakespeare Lighting Round. Tune in on Instagram Live for a fun, fast-paced, Shakespearean chat show where guests answer 30 lightning-fast questions about their favorite—and least favorite—things about the Bard. Join at 5:00 p.m. EST on the Folger’s Instagram page.
- Over the course of four Wednesday afternoons, Red Bull Theater will bring together a group of BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) theater artists to read and discuss Shakespeare’s Othello with celebrated Shakespeare scholar, Ayanna Thompson. This series of salon discussions will provide an opportunity for our entire community to explore Othello with BIPOC voices in our current historic moment. Join live at 2 p.m. EDT. Register for free and learn more here.
- The Show Must Go Online presents The Winter’s Tale at 2 p.m. CST with guest speaker Patricia Akhimie. Learn more and watch online here.
- Renowned theatre director Iqbal Khan shares his views on what Shakespeare may contribute to the political challenges of the twenty-first century – in conversation with Carolyn Sale, Associate Professor of English, University of Alberta, in Shakespeare: A Playwright for our polarized times? from the Centre for Free Expression. Learn more and listen to the recording here.
Dim the lights, light some candles, snuggle up with a hot chocolate and join Shakespeare’s Globe for a night of ghost stories as we bring you chilling old, new and true tales that confront and exorcise our own doubts and fears at this time of profound uncertainty. Paul Ready performs the eerie short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” written by Edgar Allan Poe; writer-in-residence Sami Ibrahim’s “50 Berkeley Square” is performed by Andrius Gaučas, and Abi Zakarian’s folkloric yet ‘honestly told’ “I am Karyan Ophidian” is performed by Jessie Bedrossian. Learn more and register online here.
- The Show Must Go Online presents Cymbeline beginning at 1 p.m. CST. Learn more about the show and watch online here.
Other Recordings, Articles, and Podcasts
- Digital Theatre+ and the Asian Shakespeare Association hosted a webinar exploring some of the ways the study of Shakespeare has become increasingly accessible through digital resources and online delivery to students around the world, which is now available to view on YouTube.
For all past performances from The Show Must Go Online, visit their website.
Listen to Pascale Aebischer, author of Shakespeare, Spectatorship and the Technologies of Performance, and Sonia Massai, author of Shakespeare’s Accents: Voicing Identity in Performance, discuss their work with friends, colleagues and well-wishers. Access the recording, from the Society for Renaissance Studies, here.
Lord Denney’s Players’ production of Much Ado About Nothing was originally scheduled to run March 26-29, 2020 in the Ohio Union, but the state’s “stay-at-home” order prevented the live show from occurring. Fortunately, ASCTech and LDP’s signature innovation saved the day: Much Ado’s surveillance culture readily translated to a film built using the same social meeting software that has enabled OSU to move its educational mission entirely online. Watch it online here.
Flatwater Shakespeare Company planned to open a lovely production of Romeo and Juliet, but responsibly canceled all public performances even before official guidelines required it. Third Rail Content, a video production company (whose team includes wonderfully inventive independent film makers), stepped up on very short notice to videorecord a final performance. Please consider following the link to buy access for $15.
Episode 22 of the podcast Ministry of Ideas, “Stealing the Cannons,” explores how Shakespeare came to occupy his central place in the canon, why some people have challenged the traditional canon, and how artists like Shakespeare and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda use canons to inspire creativity, create community, and even foster democracy. It features original interviews with Rory Loughnane, an associate editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare; John Ray Proctor, an actor and professor of drama at Tulane University; Stephen Greenblatt, editor of the Norton Shakespeare; and Oskar Eustis, artistic director at the Public Theater. Click here to read more or listen to the episode online or listen on Spotify, Apple podcasts, or Lyceum.
Delaware Shakespeare is using a little bit of iambic pentameter to help us through our socially distant times – posting a reading of a Shakespeare sonnet each weekday. Check out Del Shakes’ Facebook and Instagram feeds for the videos.
Inspired by this creativity, courage, and beauty amid isolation and fear of The Decameron by Italian poet Giovanni Boccaccio, Tennessee Shakespeare Company organized their own Decameron Project — a Facebook Live effort in which our artists bring you classical pieces, inspirational poetry, short performances from Shakespeare, and brief looks at this day in the history of cultural arts and significant events, all of a theme as outlined by Aristotle’s twelve virtues. Watch all past episodes online here.
- Every Friday through Christmas, Cal Shakes will release a new ten-minute weekly video lecture series with Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly who will be “running the canon.” Covering every single one of Shakespeare’s 37 plays over 37 weeks, Kelly will bring the same breadth and insight that she does to her famous pre-show Grove Talks. Watch all the talks online.
Visit the Folger Shakespeare Library website for a full list of their digital experiences and resources.
Listen to The Musicians in Ordinary Podcast, which explores the historical and cultural context of music of the Renaissance at home, in court, in Shakespeare’s theatre and beyond. In the March 13 episode, Prof. Tom Bishop (Univ. of Auckland) talks about Shakespeare’s Pericles. Prof. Linda Austern (Northwestern U.) talks about music and medicine in the 17th century, and Felix Deak plays Deth by Tobias Hume. Listen on PodBay or Apple Podcasts.
- Watch archived episodes of Bard Talks by the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles online here. Led by distinguished scholars from universities, libraries and institutes across the globe, Bard Talks examine Elizabethan society, production and rehearsal, Shakespeare’s timeless themes, and classic characters.
- Mark Beauchamp performs Prospero’s speech during COVID-19 on lockdown in the U.K. Watch on YouTube.
- Read SAA member Scott Newstok’s wonderful essays “Lorraine Hansberry on Shakespeare” on LinkedIn.com here and “We would all do well to think more like Shakespeare” on The Dallas Daily News here.
Women & Shakespeare Podcast features conversations with diverse women directors, actors, writers, and academics who are involved in making and interpreting Shakespeare. The series is designed to harness digital humanities to redress the gender and racial disparity in academic citational practices, public discourse, and rehearsal room power dynamics in the field of Shakespeare studies and performance. Funded by NYU (New York University), Series 1 of the ‘Women and Shakespeare’ podcast includes guests ranging from the renowned actors Dona Croll, Kathy Pogson, and Janet Suzman to Orwell prize-winning author, Dr Delia Jarett Macauley to Head of Higher Education and Research at Shakespeare’s Globe and Vice-President of the Shakespeare Association of America, Professor Farah Karim-Cooper, to multiple award-winning playwright Chris Bush. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or on their website.
- Watch “Look Another Way,” a conversation with authors and professors Scott Newstok, James Shapiro and Emma Smith moderated by Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director of Theatre for a New Audience. Watch on YouTube here.
- David Keys explores the history of London’s first theatre in a new article for the Independent. Read it online here.
Shakespeare’s London by accredited Blue-badge tourist guide of London—In our virtual tour of Shakespeare’s London we will discover the places where the Bard lived and worked, including the Blackfriars Playhouse and the Globe Theatre. We will also get a taste of what going to the theatre and living in the British capital was like in his time. Prices start from 85 pounds ($110.00 approx) per tour. Please contact Annamaria Dall’Anese for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org“