Monday, November 13, 2017

That is the Question - Episode 2 - Toil't Paper (Starring Brian Gillespie)


This week, we've got a terrifying contestant -- Brian Gillespie, the renowned triviameister and Shakespearean scholar succinctly schools David Andrew Laws over scintillating Richard III trivia.

If you like the podcast, please take a moment to review it, share it, comment, send us feedback, whatever you like -- we'd love to hear from you!

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Other than that, sit back, relax, and tune in! Listen below, or download it on iTunes here.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

That Is The Question - Episode 1 - Dinks & Ducats (Starring Michael Satow)

Hamlet Isn't Dead's got a brand new bag! But, more importantly, a brand new podcast! That Is The Question is William Shakespeare's favorite panel show (don't worry, we asked him), and it's now available for you!

It's a very simple set-up that you're sure to love. James Rightmyer Jr. hosts, as guests come on and try to stump David Andrew Laws at trivia questions based around the kinds of things he claims to be an expert at. So, when we describe it that way, we're less sure you're going to love it.

This initial episode is a little longer than the standard fare, but give us a break, it's our first one, and we didn't know to anticipate how funny Michael Satow would be! That being said, some of his jokes are a little (candy) corny.

Also, David gets Aragon (the place) & Eragon (the young adult series) confused for a long time. Some say he still confused to this day.

We hope you enjoy, and we hope to hear from you in one way or another!

If you want to join us on the podcast as a guest, send us an email at David@hamletisntdead.com. Being a Shakespeare expert is not a prerequisite. Being even remotely clever is...well, beggars can't be choosers.

If we got something wrong in this episode OR if you have suggestions for trivia in future episodes, feel free to shoot James@hamletisntdead.com your wittiest criticisms.

Other than that, sit back, relax, and get prepared to feel a lot better about yourself. Listen below, or download it on iTunes here.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Dramatis Personae: The Merry Wives of Windsor

This holiday season, Hamlet Isn't Dead is giving you the best gift of all: a Shakespearean spin-off personally requested by Queen Elizabeth herself. That's right, it's time for love, laughter, and live music with a theatrical festival that’s half-Christmas & half-Mardi Gras. You won’t want to miss the action, the antics, and the atmosphere of this jovial hidden gem.

And your hosts for this delightful event are listed below! Be sure to introduce yourself to the new faces, say hello again to the old ones, and RSVP for the party of the season!

Hamlet Isn't Dead presents:

William Shakespeare's

The Merry Wives of Windsor

starring...

Andy McCain as Ford

Briana Sakamoto* as Robin

David Hentz as Fenton

James Armstrong* as Falstaff

Josh Mahaffey^ as Shallow

Kat Peña as Mrs. Page

Keith Caram* as Simple

Noah Ruff* as Dr. Caius

Olivia Stevenson as Mrs. Ford

Rebecca Odorisio* as Quickly

Stephanie La Vardera* as Anne Page

Toby Miller as Page
 and

Travis Klemm^ as Slender
 
It’s a hilarious holiday hootenanny, and you're invited to be the guest of honor! So reserve your seat and come grab a drink, because it's time to go a-wassailing with the merriest HIDiots around!
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dramatis Personae: HIDry V

Summer is about to heat up. And the source of the rising temperatures is right here. Welcome to the world of #HIDryV. This is an all-female, combat-heavy, music-infused festivity that you're not going to want to miss. The fight for France is on, and these strong, clever, and wise warriors are here to bring it to you. Prepare to meet your new role models.

Hamlet Isn't Dead presents:

William Shakespeare's

HENRY V

starring...


Abigaile Slocum as Bardolph
April Glick as Pistol
Caroline Osborn as Katharine
Charlotte Harvey as the King of France
Claire Alexander as Exeter
Erica Huang as Gower
Kelly Karcher* as Westmoreland
 
Megan Greener^ as Henry V

Mia Cain^ as the Chorus
Olivia Cygan* as Montjoy
Paige Espinosa as the Dauphin
Samantha Maurice*^ as the Queen of France
Valerie Terranova* as Fluellen

This stunning cast is led and directed by the incomprable Dr. Valerie Clayman Pye, whom you can (and should) read more about here. And join all these HIDiots this summer for Henry V like you've never seen, heard, or felt it before.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

HIDtroducing: Dr. Valerie Clayman Pye.

Hi, everyone! Hamlet Isn't Dead's Artistic Director David Andrew Laws here. I couldn't think of a clever hook or angle to bring you into this article (that's kind of our M.O. marketing-wise), but this is a really exciting announcement! So I thought I'd kick it back to the past with a good old-fashioned blog post and introduce to you the facts of the situation. (And isn't that deviation from the norm, in its own way, a clever hook? Alright, enough of that. On to the facts.)

Hamlet Isn't Dead is thrilled to introduce Dr. Valerie Clayman Pye, who will be directing our summer production of an all-female Henry V!


Dr. Pye (or, Valerie, as she insists we call her, but c'mon) is uh-MAZing. End of blog post. Go home.

No, but seriously, it is rare to meet an artist with whom we click so immediately, but Dr. Pye tuned into Hamlet Isn't Dead's ethos from the very start. From speaking with her in person to watching her speak at her book signing, it's been immediately clear that she leans toward the clever, clear, fourth-wall-demolishing brand of Shakespeare that we've championed for the past four years. Let's look into some of the nitty-gritty, shall we?

First of all, Valerie Pye has her MFA in Staging Shakespeare. How much more apropos can you get?? You're looking for a director, and someone goes, 'Hey, I have a degree in doing exactly that with exactly that guy's works'. How are you gonna top that? Well, how about with her PhD in Performance Practice??? Yup! Aaaaand she has an MFA in Acting, so you know she's good at communicating with her cast. How many degrees is that now? Valerie loves learning so much, she'd marry it if the current administration weren't so closed-minded. She's also kind enough to share the fruits of all that education at LIU, where she teaches acting and voice & speech. Those lucky kids....

Now, not only can she talk the talk, but you can walk a mile in Shakespeare's shoes thanks to her book, Unearthing Shakespeare, which is "the first book to look at what the Globe can teach us about performing Shakespeare anywhere". It's an amazing resource filled with exercises and insight you won't find anywhere else. Whether you're a scholar, a student, or anyone in between, you should do yourself a favor and click the link above.

And beyond all of that, past all the training and the accolades and the scholarship, Valerie's just a kind, lovely person with whom we're tremendously excited to be working. We know she's going to take wonderful care of our actors, of our production, and of the audience this summer. It's going to be a hot one (both in and out of the theatre), so stay cool, we'll bring you more details as they unfold.

Thanks for tuning in, HIDiots. Make sure you're ready for a powerful plethora of fighting females as Hamlet Isn't Dead presents Shakespeare's Henry V opening at Westbeth on July 29th.

All the best,
David Andrew Laws
Artistic Director, Hamlet Isn't Dead

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dramatis Personae: HIDry IV


*cue dramatic music* King Henry IV is a monarch under siege. Not only does he have a full-blown rebellion to deal with, but his unruly daughter Prince Hal is showing no signs of the responsibility it takes to assume the throne. If only she could be more like Hotspur -- the hot-headed gallant leading the rebellion!

That's right, it's time for another of Shakespeare's Histories at Hamlet Isn't Dead, and our first show of the year is a conflation of both parts of Shakespeare's Henry IV. And that cue for dramatic music wasn't just a catchy opener. We've seeped this production in the powerful, live rock music that will bring it to life like never before. Don't miss:

Hamlet Isn't Dead presents:

William Shakespeare's

HENRY IV

starring...

Anthony Simone* as Worcester/Warwick

Brooke Reynolds as Mistress Quickly

Derek Spaldo as Mortimer

Linus Ignatius as Bardolph

Isaac Allen Miller as Hotspur

James Swanson* as King Henry IV

Joshua Mahaffey as Lord Chief Justice

Kevin Percival as Falstaff

Leon Axt as Northumberland

Maddi Ridley as Lady Percy

Marie-Claire Roussel* as Prince Hal

Meghan Bernstein as Mistress Shallow/Westmorland

Michael Luca as Poins

As with our female King John last year, we are thrilled to present this timeless tale around the rise this unique and dynamic Prince Hal. Come see how the conflicts, depth, and joyfulness of the piece are heightened at Hamlet Isn't Dead's King Henry IV!
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Struts & Frets: Interviews with the Cast & Crew of Merchant of Venice: Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown is a gem. A bright, green, shiny gem that you want to snuggle at night to keep you warm & safe, like...well, not like a gem then. Like a...teddy bear? That's right. He's a teddy bear! A fuzzy, sweet teddy bear that grows on trees in Georgia and-...wait, shoot, no. Now we're thinking of peaches.

In any case, Chris is great! He plays our Gratiano in Merchant of Venice, and you're gonna fall in love with him one way or the other, onstage or off. You keep reading, and we'll try to figure out how an analogy works...

He's only got eyes (meta)phor you.

HID: First thing’s first: What’s your favorite color, and the favorite color of your character? And why?

CB: I’d say Gratiano’s favorite color would have to be pink. He’s the flamboyant type and as such, likes to rock the bright colors. I’m a bit more grounded…I’d go with a solid forest green.

HID: Gratiano seems like a bit of a party animal. If he could party with anyone else from Shakespeare’s canon, who would it be?

CB: Well I’d say the obvious answer would be Mercutio but I think those two personality types might not clash well… too much energy for one pub to handle. Gratiano would have a damn good time with Merry Wives' Falstaff though. That would be something else.

HID: He’s also *super helpful* at pairing Lorenzo up with his lady. Have you ever hooked anyone up or played a wing-man in real life?

CB: Being a wing-man is one of my favorite things to do in the world. Given that I am a serial monogamist, I find pleasure in the chase for other people. The best is when you have two great friends who both are looking desperately. All you have to do is bring the booze. ;) Gratiano could learn a thing or two from me on that one.

HID: Where would you and Gratiano go for a drink, and what would you each have?

CB: This is an obvious one. We would have two Moscow mules at The Standard hotel. That being said, it would be tight to bring him to the ‘Nawlins French quarter district and see how he fares. It might be tough considering he’s an Italian from the 14th century and most probably an owner of slaves….oh well.

Want to party with Christopher Brown? You'll have to buy him a drink (or several) after the show! Be sure to catch Chris (and all the HIDiots) in Hamlet Isn't Dead's Merchant of Venice, opening this Wednesday!
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