Shakespeare on the Road » Actor Insights http://shakespeareontheroad.com celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on a road trip to 14 Shakespeare festivals all around North America in one remarkable summer Mon, 08 Sep 2014 21:57:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Interview with Scott Wentworth http://shakespeareontheroad.com/interview-with-scott-wentworth/ http://shakespeareontheroad.com/interview-with-scott-wentworth/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:49:20 +0000 http://shakespeareontheroad.com/?p=1008 We’d just left a truly ebullient and exuberant production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Stratford Festival Theatre and we pleased to meet with Scott Wentworth who we saw playing Theseus. He came to Stratford years ago, started acting there, and has lived there ever since. Like many others he has found a way of making his living by acting Shakespeare in Stratford year in, year out.

In this extract he talks about what is distinctively Canadian about the festival, the style of acting, and about director Chris Abraham’s hugely surprising and big-hearted Dream that we had all thoroughly enjoyed – presented as a gift to a gay couple as part of their wedding celebrations. But it has also proved to be controversial…

The interviewer is Paul Prescott.

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Nathaniel McIntyre of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival shares his two favourite lines of Duke Senior http://shakespeareontheroad.com/nathaniel-mcintyre-of-the-nashville-shakespeare-festival-shares-his-two-favourite-lines-of-duke-senior/ http://shakespeareontheroad.com/nathaniel-mcintyre-of-the-nashville-shakespeare-festival-shares-his-two-favourite-lines-of-duke-senior/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:22:17 +0000 http://shakespeareontheroad.com/?p=1006

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Emily Landham of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival on the wonderful, wise and wayward Rosalind… http://shakespeareontheroad.com/emily-landham-of-the-nashville-shakespeare-festival-on-the-wonderful-wise-and-wayward-rosalind/ http://shakespeareontheroad.com/emily-landham-of-the-nashville-shakespeare-festival-on-the-wonderful-wise-and-wayward-rosalind/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:13:34 +0000 http://shakespeareontheroad.com/?p=1003

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Stratford Festival actor Carmen Grant shares a powerful line from King John… http://shakespeareontheroad.com/stratford-festival-actor-carmen-grant-shares-a-powerful-line-from-king-john/ http://shakespeareontheroad.com/stratford-festival-actor-carmen-grant-shares-a-powerful-line-from-king-john/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:54:35 +0000 http://shakespeareontheroad.com/?p=994

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Mary Hodges talks about the history of Shakespeare acting by actors of colour http://shakespeareontheroad.com/mary-hodges-talks-about-the-history-of-shakespeare-acting-by-actors-of-colour/ http://shakespeareontheroad.com/mary-hodges-talks-about-the-history-of-shakespeare-acting-by-actors-of-colour/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:18:01 +0000 http://shakespeareontheroad.com/?p=937 Harlem Shakespeare Festival actor, Mary Hodges, shares her reflections on ‘Shakespeare in Sable’ and why the time is ripe for a Shakespeare now in Harlem.

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Debra Ann Byrd http://shakespeareontheroad.com/debra-ann-byrd/ http://shakespeareontheroad.com/debra-ann-byrd/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:13:35 +0000 http://shakespeareontheroad.com/?p=935 The Harlem Shakespeare Festival is now celebrating its second anniversary but would not exist at all if it weren’t for the energy, passion and vision of Debra Ann Byrd, its Artistic Director. I once heard Lisa Wolpe describe Debra Ann as a thing of ‘fabulosity’ – for some sense of what that might mean, listen to the interview we captured earlier this week in Harlem…

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Norman Small talks about connecting with beautiful people http://shakespeareontheroad.com/norman-small-talks-about-connecting-with-beautiful-people/ http://shakespeareontheroad.com/norman-small-talks-about-connecting-with-beautiful-people/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:58:54 +0000 http://shakespeareontheroad.com/?p=931 Harlem Shakespeare Festival actor, Norman Small, talks to us about how he started working for the company, his flourishing relationship with Shakespeare, the empowerment he has received from artistic director, Debra Ann Byrd, her vision, her way of working and what it’s like to be a part of her remarkable company. He tells us what it means ‘to give Shakespeare some hood’, what Harlem brings to Shakespeare, and what Shakespeare brings to Harlem.

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Interview with Julius Hollingsworth http://shakespeareontheroad.com/interview-with-julius-hollingsworth/ http://shakespeareontheroad.com/interview-with-julius-hollingsworth/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:46:52 +0000 http://shakespeareontheroad.com/?p=929 We saw Julius Hollingsworth portray Paul Robeson in ‘Shakespeare in Sable’ for the Harlem Shakespeare Festival at a special event on Monday evening. The 600-seater auditorium at the New York Academy of Medicine was packed. As Julius sang Robeson’s signature tune, ‘Ol’ Man River’, the audience was galvanised by the truth and emotion of the moment. In this extract from our interview with him, Julius speaks about how Shakespeare makes us understand our individuality and interconnectedness.

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Dathan B. Williams of the Harlem Shakespeare Festival http://shakespeareontheroad.com/dathan-b-williams-of-the-harlem-shakespeare-festival/ http://shakespeareontheroad.com/dathan-b-williams-of-the-harlem-shakespeare-festival/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:30:57 +0000 http://shakespeareontheroad.com/?p=878 Dathan B. Williams is an award-winning classical and musical theatre actor. Last Monday we saw him play Ira Aldridge in SHAKESPEARE IN SABLE, a collage play he devised about the life and experience of three African-American actors, Aldridge, Henrietta Vinton Davis and Paul Robeson. Here he reflects on the politics of performance, his aversion to the phrase ‘non-traditional casting’ and the dream of ‘American casting’…

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Voices from the Amerinda Shakespeare Ensemble http://shakespeareontheroad.com/voices-from-the-amerinda-shakespeare-ensemble/ http://shakespeareontheroad.com/voices-from-the-amerinda-shakespeare-ensemble/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:23:38 +0000 http://shakespeareontheroad.com/?p=873 Last night we were treated to a workshop rendition of the first half of MACBETH, performed by an all-Native American cast at the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row on 42nd Street. Here Kim Snyder (Lady M) and Wolfen de Kastro (M) share the lines that mean most to them…

Watch this space for a remarkable interview with Diane Fraher and Madeline Sayet…

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