Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Episode 3: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Episode 3 is up; you can access it here! This one is the true test of the podcast, as so many of our episodes will be about a specific play. This one, more than any other, needs comments and criticism from our audience, so please give feedback.

*Mendelssohn's Wedding March
*A theater performance available for free Online.
*No Fear Shakespeare online
*10 phrases by Shakespeare

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  1. Hi, I'm back again with more comments (I think some of these are applicable to episode 2, but whatever):

    1. High schoolers CAN act and appreciate Shakespeare! I know you said there are 'a few' or whatnot, but we had a whole cast of them :) So perhaps you meant middle schoolers. But we did have a middle schooler in our production and she could speak the speech too. Speaking of kids acting, have you guys seen Midsummer by kids?

    2. I believe the quotation is 'What light from yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun' (not the dawn...).

    3. Manga Shakespeare is actually awesome. The graphics themselves are weird, but it's an excellent alternative for No Fear Shakespeare, as the dialogue is completely made up of quotations from the plays yet it is trimmed down to the bare essentials of the plot and it's illustrated so you can identify characters more easily. I'm not saying that this should be an alternative to Shakespeare, but it's a good introduction.

    4. I was actually looking for a Shakespeare video game, because I'm insane. The closest thing I can come up with is Veronaville, a Shakespeare-inspired neighbourhood in The Sims 2.

    5. Book recommendation: The Sourcebooks Shakespeare: Bringing Shakespeare to Life. These guides are available for several of the plays and they come with cds that have recordings from famous performances. The book also includes pictures and notes on the plays in performance in general with the goal of creating that magical element of seeing the play performed, which, as well all agree, is really the best way to experience and appreciate Shakespeare.

    6. It's LYsander. Not lySANder. (According to this anyway:

  2. Also, VERY cool about the wedding march - I had no idea, but now I'm more accepting of its overuse.

    And the link to '10 phrases by Shakespeare' is broken.

    Finally, the Hamlet Facebook feed is possibly my favourite thing at the moment.

  3. It seems, Carson, that we have been served

  4. Hey, First of all I wanted to compliment you on your podcast. Being a late bloomer to Shakespeare, the insight and information is appreciated. You two also have a great sense of humor. This is my favorite play, probably because its the only one I've read enough times to truly comprehend. It seems that multiple readings are needed for me to gain the appreciation others find with less effort. You're podcasts allow me to go back to those plays with a fresh pair of eyes. Being in construction, the tedious and banal nature of conversation of conversation among my peers makes your podcast a welcome escape. Wow, that sounds so arrogant. I suppose thats because it is? Anyway, the thing that keeps me coming back to Shakespeare is depending on my mood and mindset, every reading seems to inspire a new inspiration, thought or understanding. There seems no end to the different ways his words can be interpreted by me. So, again, thank you for adding some fuel to that fire. Cant wait for Henry IV
    Rob N