Shakespeare Association of America
 

Online Performances and Events

This Week

November 25

  • Join Shakespeare Theatre Company and like-minded fans of the Bard for Shakespeare Hour LIVE!, an ongoing tour through every corner of the Shakespeare universe. Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Dr. Drew Lichtenberg gather online with special guests each week to discuss a new topic and allow audiences the opportunity to ask questions live. It’s the week of Thanksgiving and this year, we have been super thankful for Shakespeare Hour LIVE! Join us for this journey down SHL! memory lane featuring some of our brightest stars and biggest moments. Learn more and register online here.

November 27

  • Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles) presents their final episode! Created by Australian actor, Sally McLean in 2015, Shakespeare Republic is an internationally award-winning, female-led and culturally diverse anthology series produced by Incognita Enterprises that celebrates not just the world’s greatest playwright, but also his insightful understanding of the big issues of his time. Insights that still hold relevance today and form the basis for a truly diverse, inventive and epic journey into the nature of being human. Built on the premise of taking a selection of Shakespeare pieces and making them more accessible to modern audiences by setting each piece in a contemporary situation, while playing with gender and embracing diversity, the series is now moving into it’s third official season, with an expanding universe of mini-series, short films and special projects. This new stand-alone season of Shakespeare Republic is our response to the global pandemic that began shutting down the world in March of 2020 and still sees parts of the world in lockdown, waiting for the virus to run it’s course (or until we get a vaccine). Learn more here and watch the entire series on Facebook.

December 2

  • Director Rosa Joshi 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.

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
  • 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: londonbbg@yahoo.com

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