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Shakespeare and Opera: Bringing Chilling Music to 'The Winter's Tale'

Thursday, August 04, 2011

On WQX-Aria, Fred Plotkin considers the operatic potential of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, including whether the character of the bear should have a singing part.

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Features

Loss and Grace in 'The Winter's Tale'

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The most telling thing about “The Winter’s Tale,” currently in repertory with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Park Avenue Armory, is what it does not show. We eagerly anticipate the moment when all will be revealed.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Measure for Measure

Friday, July 22, 2011

Danai Gurira, who plays Isabella, and Reg Rogers, who plays Lucio in “Measure for Measure” (and Parolles in “All’s Well That Ends Well”) discuss the production of “Measure for Measure,” part of this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park. “Measure for Measure” in repertory with “All’s Well That Ends Well” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park through July 30.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chris Adrian’s novel The Great Night

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Chris Adrian describes his novel The Great Night, a mesmerizing retelling of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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Talk to Me

'Speak the Speech I Pray You': Directors Weigh in on Bringing Shakespeare to the Stage

Monday, July 18, 2011

The second of four panel discussions held in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company residency at The Park Avenue Armory focused on “Directing Shakespeare."

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Features

Who Am I, Anyway? Changing Natures in the Forest of Arden

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"As You Like It" is considered a romantic comedy, and it certainly has the right “boy meets girl” ingredients. In fact, by the end of the play four boys meet girls. But though the relationship of the central couple, Rosalind and Orlando, is a core element in the work, and is heard in a minor key in the wooings of the three other couples, Michael Boyd’s production for the Royal Shakespeare Company reminds us that all kinds of love are on offer here. There is parental love, filial love, the love of servant for master, and vice versa; there is instant love, devoted love, rejected love — and all of them are put to the test in the Forest of Arden.

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Talk to Me

Shakespearean Sages: Peter Brook and Michael Boyd in Conversation

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Peter Brook was a legendary director with the Royal Shakespeare Company (R.S.C.) in the 1960s and 1970s; Michael Boyd is the current Artistic Director. The two were recently brought together in the first of a series of discussions being presented by the Park Avenue Armory in conjunction with the R.S.C.’s summer residency.

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Features

New Yorkers Take the Boat to France With Henry V

Thursday, July 07, 2011

All it takes is a wristband to head to medieval France for a few hours. The New York Classical Theater's production of Shakespeare's Henry V moves the audience from Battery Park to the battle of Agincourt - staged on a field in Governor's Island, that is. 

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A New Theater of Sound

Setting the Stage: Royal Shakespeare Company in New York

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

SETTING THE STAGE follows the final stages of the three-year journey that brings the Royal Shakespeare Company to the Park Avenue Armory in New York. On the way, we meet actors, directors, technicians, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, and generally explore the working life of an extraordinary company, who are the guardians of the legacy of an extraordinary playwright.

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A New Theater of Sound

Collaborations

Friday, July 01, 2011

WNYC's Leonard Lopate hosted a conversation with Michael Boyd, Nigel Redden, Rebecca Roberston, and David O. Frantz of the Royal Shakespeare Company about what it means to transport an entire company and theater across the Atlantic for the Shakespeare theatrical canon. Watch Michael Boyd discuss the differences between British and American audiences.

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Features

Royal Shakespeare Company Comes to NYC with Its Own Theater

Thursday, June 30, 2011

At a theater built inside the Park Avenue Armory, the RSC will perform five repertory plays. See images of the Stratford-upon-Avon replica here.

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A New Theater of Sound

Setting the Stage: The Royal Shakespeare Company in The Greene Space

Thursday, June 30, 2011

From July 6 through August 14, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will perform five of Shakespeare’s plays in repertory at Park Avenue Armory as part of Lincoln Center Festival.  The RSC’s theater technicians are building a full-scale replica of the newly transformed Royal Shakespeare Theatre thrust stage auditorium in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Features

Summer Shakespeare: Coming to a Subway Car, Park or Parking Lot Near You

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Hither" and "thither," the Bard's plays are all over the city. The tradition of free outdoor performances of Shakespeare in New York City dates back to the late 1950’s.

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Live Broadcasts

Juilliard's Brings a Musical Take on Shakespeare's The Tempest

Monday, June 13, 2011

English actor Sir Derek Jacobi recently appeared alongside actors Richard Clifford and Monica Raymund to perform selected readings from Shakespeare's The Tempest at the Juilliard School.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Shakespeare and Justice

Monday, April 25, 2011

Legal scholar Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law, explains how Shakespeare's greatest plays demonstrate what makes a fair and just society and can elucidate some of the most troubling issues in contemporary life. A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Justice addresses fundamental questions we ask about our world today: Why is the rule of law better than revenge? How much mercy should we show a wrongdoer? What does it mean to "prove" guilt or innocence?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Kevin Spacey and the Arts

Friday, April 22, 2011

Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey is executive producer of the documentary film "Shakespeare High", premiering Sunday at 9 p.m. at the Tribeca Film Festival. He discusses the state of arts education and the film, which follows a group of high school students preparing for a Shakespeare festival.

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WNYC News

"Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish" Makes Big Screen Debut

Friday, January 14, 2011

The film "Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish," which stars first-time actors who left theirclose-knit Chasidic communities in Brooklyn, debuts at the New York Jewish Film Festival on Sunday at Lincoln Center.

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Features

Three to See: Catch These Plays Closing This Week

Thursday, August 26, 2010

In addition to the languorous picnics and beach volleyball games you want to get in before the end of summer, you can add three plays to your to-do list. Macbeth, The Punishing Blow and Sex in Mommyville are all closing this weekend, so get to it!

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New Sounds

"Full Fathom Five": The Tempest in Music

Thursday, July 22, 2010

It’s the latest literary edition of New Sounds, featuring music inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and just one hour to fit in as much as we can.   There are many references to music in the play (and surely, many a term paper written to that end…) and this “Full Fathom Five,” one of Ariel’s songs, describes a death by shipwreck.  It’s also the title of one of the songs on the album, "Tempest" by the group The Young Scamels (Jason Noble and members of Rachel’s.)

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Indie Theater Groups Bring Life to NYC Parks

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Independent theater companies are working to stengthen New York City's parks. Find out where to catch free theater in the parks this summer.

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