This was amusing. I guess diesel pumps are a little different from unleaded ones. I just bought a new car for this road trip and as you can see am having some trouble here. If you ever feel like an idiot, my hope is you’ll watch this video and generally feel much better about yourself.
Holy wow. I feel kind of like a bastard after doing this, but I’m sure some good will come of it. So I’ve just been told several times to stop filming in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here in Cleveland and so I’ve gone outside to pick up an earlier scene in the [...]
Gorgeous overcast day here. Beautiful boat yard. I had to stop. I wanted to see the lake and take a breath. I especially wanted to get out of the car and stretch my legs. Boy am I happy I did. “It’s the simple pleasures that make a life.” If I were more brave I wouldn’t [...]
Guaranteed the WORST self-videography in this project so far. These folks were getting out of their cars and cavorting for several minutes, and RIGHT as I was summoning the gumption to approach them and make everyone’s day memorable, they started to move. So I spent the 3 or 4 minutes of this tape wondering whether [...]
Max Yela shows UWM’s 1632 Second Folio, then I read the Lark scene directly from it. Happy Birthday Mr. Shakespeare!
Holy moly, Shakespeare fans. It all just got real. I had high hopes for this project to read the whole canon aloud, but I never thought I’d get to read directly from a real Folio. Thank you so much to Max Yela, the head of the Special Collection at the Golda Meir Library here at [...]
Yeah, talk about a dank and dew day. Thank you Friar Lawrence. But you know, I’ve never been here before, so I’m having my fun. Hopefully it’s fun for you too. I is TOTALLY windy, so for any of you listening along to each scene, you’re going to have to brave the elements with me. [...]
So I’ve just come from dinner with my old friend John Douglas Thompson – a man who will need no introduction to many of you. John has become one of America’s finest stage actors, as evidenced by not only a steady stream of glowing national press and an always lengthening list of lead roles at [...]
What an amazing activity for Shakespeare’s birthday… This video was taken at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Special Collection at the Golda Meir Libarary. A more comprehensive blog posting can be found introducing the longer video which begins with UWM staff librarian Max Yela introducing us to the Second Folio. I recommend you watch that one [...]
What a privilege to get to read this here! An amazing, amazing time. And besides, we all knew these two guys felt this way about each other, didn’t we? Yes I know they’re from different eras of baseball. But in Cooperstown, it sure looks like they were the two columns holding up the entire world. [...]
“…imaginitively deployed percussion instruments…”
“And Bill Barclay’s man-who-will-be-king continues right where it left off in “Part 1.” Thanks to Barclay’s multifaceted performance, we believe every step of Prince Hal’s transformation. Barclay looks as comfortable on the throne as he did during his frat-house shenanigans with Falstaff.”
“As Prince Harry, the always excellent Bill Barclay takes to heart Falstaff’s indecent tutelage, but over the course of the plays adds a Machiavellian twist, becoming increasingly cynical and power hungry – and thus more kingly. Barclay easily manages to convey both Harry the reckless and Harry the royal.”
“Barclay is charming, masterful with the poetry and clear in presenting Hal’s arch from a rebellious over-cocky gad-about to a young leader focused on honor and duty.”
“Barclay comes strongly into his own in “Part II,’’ especially during the reconciliation scene with Henry IV and during that chillingly inevitable moment when he repudiates Falstaff once and for all.”
“The most interesting of the lot is a fellow called the Bastard (a rollicking, driving turn by Bill Barclay)”
Complicated, bold, and charismatic, the Bastard is far more compelling than his uncle King John, and Barclay gives him all the energy and wit he needs to steal every scene he’s in.”
“Barclay transforms from rude and frolicsome youth and into lustful thrill-killer in a handful of heartbeats as he takes in Aaron’s exhortations to havoc – a slow, perverse grin creeps across his face, visually tracking his transformation from callow kid to remorseless predator.”
“Barclay displays exquisite comic timing.”
“Bill Barclay as the young composer shows his real life musical talent on the on-stage piano. The audience, meanwhile, was rolling in the aisles.”
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PLAYS READ ALOUD
until late November... -
HAMLET on Tour
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London.
Directed by Bill Buckhurst & Dominic Dromgoole
until June, 2014...
Director of Music,
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
MUSE ON FIRE: Shakespeare & The Music of the Spheres
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Tuesday, February 12 at 7pm
Sackler Studios, Bankside