Shakespeare on the Road » Paul Prescott celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on a road trip to 14 Shakespeare festivals all around North America in one remarkable summer Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:09:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Images from the Road Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:56:28 +0000 THE AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTRE, STAUNTON, VA IMG_0017   IMG_9996



SHAKESPEARE & CO, LENOX, MA IMG_9573   IMG_9556   IMG_9508   IMG_9485



CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL IMG_9224   IMG_9215   IMG_9123   IMG_9309 DOOR SHAKESPEARE, DOOR, WI IMG_8951   IMG_9112 MONTANA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS, BOZEMAN, MT IMG_8730   IMG_8756   IMG_8626   IMG_8419   IMG_8418   IMG_8384   IMG_8292   20140805_193658 OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, ASHLAND, OR IMG_8128   IMG_8149       IMG_8135         IMG_8155   WILL GEER’S THEATRICUM BOTANICUM, TOPANGA, CA                 IMG_7825   IMG_7748         IMG_7742   UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, CEDAR CITY, UT       IMG_7378       IMG_7316       IMG_7292     IMG_6974   SHAKESPEARE AT WINEDALE, WINEDALE, TX       14658804815_203079c6b0_o         14658638925_ffa260bafc_o       14471990558_edf19981cf_o     14471975968_7e8a946266_o         20140715_140129   20140714_161936   20140713_200850       14658422052_fa6e9b4eff_o           NEW ORLEANS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL AT TULANE, NEW ORLEANS, LA IMG_5512   IMG_5507     IMG_5501   IMG_5497     HEART OF AMERICA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, KANSAS CITY, MO       IMG_5119         IMG_5115     IMG_5109     IMG_5093     IMG_5050

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Actors’ Voices from the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:01:23 +0000 Greg Vinkler on Falstaff’s self-awareness and on being visited by the fat knight in a dream…

Kevin Gudahl on Brutus and the dilemmas of contemporary politics…

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Nathaniel McIntyre of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival shares his two favourite lines of Duke Senior Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:22:17 +0000

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Emily Landham of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival on the wonderful, wise and wayward Rosalind… Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:13:34 +0000

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Stratford Festival actor Carmen Grant shares a powerful line from King John… Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:54:35 +0000

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Interview with Laura Pogson Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:57:46 +0000 20140822_171022

Laura Pogson recalls how her parents had ‘theatre guests’ staying in their home in the early days of the Festival. Her brothers were ushers and allowed her to sneak into the tent for the opening night and she remembers sitting on the steps as Alec Guinness stepped forward to speak ‘Now is the winter of our discontent.’

In recalling the early days of the Festival, she remembers Tyrone Guthrie’s words of advice, hearing something memorable about Glenn Gould, and the original tent being literally torn to pieces…


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Passing by Niagara en route to Stratford, Ontario Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:08:04 +0000 Niagara


‘The fame of our great dramatist fills the civilized world. Among the poets he is what the cataract of Niagara is among waterfalls.’

William Cullen Bryant, On the unveiling of Shakespeare’s Statue in Central Park May 22 1872

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Another thought for another day in New England… Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:50:51 +0000 Plymouth Rock

‘The Pilgrims came to Plymouth in 1620. The plays of Shakespeare were not published until three years later. Had they been published earlier, our forefathers, or the most poetical among them, might have stayed at home to read them’.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in the Atlantic Monthly (1904)

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Thought for a day in New England… Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:37:12 +0000 emerson.ralph

‘Shakespeare is as much out of the category of eminent authors, as he is out of the crowd. He is inconceivably wise; the others, conceivably. A good reader can, in a sort, nestle into Plato’s brain, and think from thence; but not into Shakespeare’s. We are still out of doors. For executive faculty, for creation, Shakespeare is unique. No man can imagine it better. He was the farthest reach of subtlety compatible with an individual self – the subtlest of authors, and only just within the possibility of authorship.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Representative Men (1850)

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Amerinda Shakespeare Ensemble Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:05:15 +0000 On the evening of Wednesday 13th August, we were privileged to attend a one-off workshop by the Amerinda Shakespeare Ensemble at Theatre Row on 42nd St. After the workshop, we talked with Diane Fraher, founder and director of Amerinda, the only organisation of its kind for native people, and Madeline Sayet, resident director and director of the Amerinda Shakespeare Ensemble. Here they discuss the dilemmas posed by working with Shakespeare, the overlaps between the oral culture of native Americans and that of early modern England, and – with an eye to the Wooster Group’s current production of Troilus and Cressida – how far there is still to go in terms of white culture’s representation of native Americans…

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