Rank #1: Hamlet Act I
Warning, if you haven't seen Hamlet, or know the story, I'd strongly advise seeing it before doing literally anything else. That may not be too practical because there aren't a lot of theaters performing it at any given time, but it's still nice to dream that someone could see it completely fresh, even today.
We're hoping to have our next episode be a very special edition. I'm keeping it a secret right now, but we're very excited!
Sep 02 2013
Rank #2: Much Ado About Nothing
Is it not strange that sheeps' guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?Benedick, Act II, Scene III (Referring to the way that musical instruments can cause transcendent emotions)
For there was never yet philosopher, that could endure the tooth-ache patiently.Leonato, Act V, Scene I
We don't know what the next episode will be about, cast your vote in the comments, or in the donation link!
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Nov 01 2011
Rank #3: What Is Hamlet
Here's a sample from the "Bad Quarto", "Good Quarto", and the First Folio
Sep 02 2011
Rank #4: Twelfth Night
Jul 31 2012
Rank #5: The Taming of the Shrew
I think that Taming of the Shrew is changed by our modern perception of gender more than any other Shakespeare play. When Petruchio says that his wife is his property, that seems shocking to us, but was a defensible position at the time.
We came down pretty hard against Taming on its anti-feminst position. We admit that you can play it in another way, but the text doesn't provide for a sarcastic interpretation.
Like I said in the episode, if you or someone you know needs a position filled, I'm available to take on a new job. Just send an email to bardjob at gmail.com
Make sure to vote on Hamlet or Coriolanus!
Jun 26 2013
Rank #6: Hamlet Act II
Anne Barton, a Shakespeare critic, recently died, if you want to find some of her writing, try out her page on the New York Review of Books, she's pretty good!
Thanks to everyone out there for all your support, next up is Act III! (Unless someone suggests something else good.)
Just updated the feed. Anyone having issues with downloading the podcast, please try again. Only the latest episode is on the new service, but we will be adding the backlog as space becomes available. Sorry about the difficulties.
Nov 29 2013
Rank #7: Hamlet Act III
For more info about how the audience sat on chairs on the stage in Shakespeare's time (and other details about the audience and the stage): http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=1434 http://www.shakespeare-online.com/essays/shakespeareaudience.html
Choice Conversations interviewed us: choiceconversations.libsyn.com
I asked the director of Hamlet: The Series for a more detailed description of the project, and here it is:
"Hamlet: The Series is an adaptation of the play into a six-episode web series in the original language, but with modern dress and an abstract modern setting.
-Episodes are divided so that each takes place over about a one-day period, so that the audience can feel how each scene connects to the next. The amount of time between episodes however is left uncertain, as in the play itself.
-The early and late episodes follow the Quarto act breaks, but the middle ones do not, because the breaks didn't match up to where I felt the days began & ended.
-Several roles have been switched male-to-female, both to give it a more modern feel and to point out how some of the themes still play in the modern world.The main website is hamletseries.com. There's also a Hamlet: The Series group on Facebook that people can "Like". It will be available free on Youtube, for rental or digital purchase on Amazon Instant Video, and for DVD-purchase on Amazon. Episodes 1 - 3 should be available by about the time your Podcast goes live, the last three sometime in the Spring of this year."
Feb 21 2014
Rank #8: Cymbeline
Sorry again for the delay: Jeff and I both finished school recently, so we should be able to get these out faster from here on out.
May 18 2012
Rank #9: Hamlet Act IV
Patreon is a service where people can give money to content creators when they produce something. In this case, people can give money to us when we produce podcast episodes. The money goes to defray the expense of producing and hosting the podcast.
You can set limits on the amount of money you can donate. We only produce an episode once a month, so setting a limit of once a month for donations is good. If you only want to donate for a particular amount of time, you can limit the total number of donations as well.
May 17 2014
Rank #10: Shakespeare's Histories
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If you want to hear more of Tom's Shakespeare recordings, here's one to start off with!
Mar 31 2013