Category Archives: England

Where learned you this, fool?

Now that I’m settled in for my final undergraduate semester, I decided to reflect once more on all my England adventure. I have lots of material to sift through — seven King Lear recordings, at least 10 prompt books, pages … Continue reading

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Had he a hand to write this?

My two weeks in England was something of a theater marathon. My mornings and afternoons were spent in a library or on some kind of tour. My evenings (beginning around 4 p.m. because I was so nervous about being late) … Continue reading

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What paper were you reading?

Stuff people at a Shakespeare festival say, a video my professor showed our Shakespeare Now class as a reprieve from our 20 page final papers: Funny thing about prompt books for old productions: They’re chock full of stuff people at … Continue reading

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Look with thine ears

I have a love-hate relationship with both musical theatre and Taming of the Shrew. Actually, hate is too strong of a word. Musical theatre was, as one of my professors so aptly describes it, my gateway drug to the world … Continue reading

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Let’s see, let’s see

I didn’t imagine that my visit to the Tate Modern would provide me with so much material. Much of the artwork, abstract or surrealist, asked some profound and difficult question that related to the questions with which Lear is faced. … Continue reading

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The art of our necessities is strange

Shakespeare drew on a handful of sources to write King Lear (Holinshed’s Chronicles, Edmund Spencer’s the Faerie Queen, Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia), but to trace Lear’s roots all the way back to the beginning, you have to start in 700 BC. … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different

Our production’s very own Regan found this little gem. If you find it hilarious and aren’t in our King Lear class, then you’ve probably read the play one too many times. If you’re in our King Lear class and don’t … Continue reading

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