This was one of the most apropos locations for a scene I could wish for. Great apologies for the white noise of the fountain, but it is this very fountain that makes reading the scene so cool here. Not to mention Julius Caesar is the ultimate warrior. It seems fitting to be reading this in […]
Thanks so much to Heather Atkinson for taping this entire day of long scenes! The parallels between the text and this scene really are amazing. I chose the location for the ‘lions in the capitol’ which alone are pretty cool. Great language in this scene!
Kicking off our too-close-for-comfort tour of the first half of Julius Caesar in front of key parts of the United States Capitol. We’re digging for resonances wherever we go here, and Yorick and I are off to a good start!
Well! We had to read during the Olympics! We just saw the Brazilian women’s beach volleyball team shellack the Netherlands on a beautiful day here in London, and my dear friend Caleb Mayo and I took the high ground here in the stadium to film this famous and hysterically intricate scene, I;2 of Henry V. […]
What a silly idea. Ok for ShaxAloud lovers, I promise this video gets better as it gets going. My friend Caleb Mayo and I wanted to tape some Shakespeare at the Olympics (how could we resist) and it just so happened that we were breathing down the neck of Henry V (as we march through […]
This was a VERY special reading. First of all, it marks the very first time we’ve read Shakespeare in Spanish, ANYWHERE, less on camera and in a place we know Shakespeare himself frequented. This is an old pub near London Bridge where Shakespeare and Marlowe are said to have hung out back in the day, […]
King John, or My Big Fat Armenian Wedding. So far in this feast of a festival, the most satisfying thing to witness is one of these foreign companies use their own culture, music, dress, and point of view to make a Shakespeare play completely their own, then illuminate this unique prism in performance to reveal […]
A Falstaffian Fiesta at the speed of Fun. If ever there were an opportunity to enjoy what fun this richest of plays has to offer, La Compañia Nacional de Teatro from Mexico City is here in London to show us how. I can’t say when last I spent 2 and a half hours with […]
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.
What a perfect place to tape Shakespeare. Yorick and I are here seated on the grass in front of the carriage house built with period tools by the same artists that reconstructed the Globe Theatre in London (where I currently work as a composer as of this writing). But the particular glories are all around […]
Transvestites. Rape. Chaos. Bloodlust. Karaoke. All these extremes are on full display in MAKBET – the Polish offering of Teatr Im Kochanowskiego in the Globe-to-Globe Festival. I’ve just come from standing in the rain for this riveting though uneven, over-the-top adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, performed entirely in Polish, and I must say I’m still chilled […]
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 […]
One phrase I have recently adopted into my theatrical parlance is one’s “letter to the world.” Director Rebecca Holderness shared this with me. It’s the moment in the play when a character experiences a higher vision of self and finds the language to support that experience for the benefit of the audience. It’s a moment […]
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 […]