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Sisters, sisters, shame of ladies, sisters!

Thursday’s class was devoted to the three sisters, particularly their interactions in scene one (Cordelia’s farewell) and act two scene four (Goneril and Regan uniting against Lear). We posed and, in some cases, answered a number of questions about staging, … Continue reading

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A woman’s shape doth shield thee

As I mentioned in my last post, King Lear is very often (much too often in my opinion) compared to climbing a mountain, a summit that every actor must overcome before he can be considered “great.” But what is a … Continue reading

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Down, thou climbing sorrow

In my last post, I mentioned President Obama’s Americanism, how his ability to connect with the public defines him as a leader. Specifically, I mentioned how he openly cried on national television in response to the Newtown shootings last week. … Continue reading

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To plainness honour’s bound

Time Magazine’s venerated Man of the Year award was renamed Person of the Year in 1999. Since then, only two women have been honored with the title (“The Whistleblowers” — Cynthia Cooper, Coleen Rowley, and Sherron Watkins in 2002 –and Melinda … Continue reading

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Thou wouldst make a good fool

So we finally have a rough cast list together (we’re waiting on confirmation of schedules from actors, hence the “rough”). Auditions, while exhilarating and surreal, also brought up some really important and seemingly obvious logistical questions. How do we double cast minor … Continue reading

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Lear’s Shadow: Putin

Today, I’m going to focus my Lear goggles on a modern-day parallel of Shakespeare’s famous crotchety old man. I have a running list of contextualized versions of Lear (including King James I, on whom I will be writing the first … Continue reading

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