UP NEXT: The Metromaniacs

An interview with Michael Kahn, The Metromaniacs director, and Artistic Director of STC What prompted you to select The Metromaniacs? Our relationship with David Ives has been a tremendous one. His previous two translations of French verse comedies for us have become staples of theatres all through the United States. We wanted to find a third, to make a trilogy. The last two (The Liar and The Heir Apparent) were both from the 17th century, and we decided we wanted to find one from the 18th century, from one of the heirs of …

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Inside the Shops: Bringing the costumes of The Metromaniacs to life

Sandra Thomas, First Hand in the STC costume shop, documents the process of bringing a costume to life from the designer to the actor. Join us for an inside peek of designer Murell Horton’s luxurious designs for The Metromaniacs. Part 1. Mocking it Up After the costumer produces their renderings and designs for the production, they move to the costume shop to begin producing the garments. Draper Randall Exton meets with Murell to discuss the design and look in-depth at …

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UP NEXT: Dunsinane

“Dunsinane is a new play, inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, by one of Scotland’s greatest contemporary writers, David Greig,” says STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn. “If it had been available for us to put it on, I believe we would have done it. However, the National Theatre of Scotland, with whom we have had a great relationship since Black Watch, decided to bring their production to the United States, and we were very eager to include it in our season. It is a contemporary play that fits uniquely into our mission, because it deals with the after effects of Macbeth’s defeat on Scotland. All the characters …

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The Tempest Teen Critics

The Teen Critic Program at Shakespeare Theatre Company allows high school students interested in theatre, journalism and/or critical writing the opportunity to learn how to view productions with a critical eye and write a savvy, persuasive theatre review. The Teen Critics attend each production, receive a press packet, preferred press seating and have the opportunity to meet with professional theatre critics from local newspapers before writing their own reviews.  Here are some excerpts from their reviews of The Tempest: Eli Kern, 10th …

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ASIDES: These Charms Dissolve: On Shakespeare’s The Tempest

By Paul A . Kottman There are at least two truisms about Shakespeare’s drama, generally, and The Tempest, in particular, with which many audiences are likely to be familiar. First, Shakespearean drama contains many “meta-theatrical” moments, or scenes in which the plays seem to reflect on themselves— as if Shakespearean drama is sometimes about itself, or about its own status as theatrical drama. While Shakespearean drama is essentially the artistic presentation of actions and predicaments before an audience, Shakespeare also …

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ASIDES: For the Wyn

Fourth Time’s the Charm for Geraint Wyn Davies and STC By Drew Lichtenberg, Production Dramaturg, from ASIDES It can be dangerous to have brunch if you’re Geraint Wyn Davies. One recent morning, at a favorite Capitol Hill haunt, the veteran of stage and screen was partaking in some breakfast when he was interrupted. Three different times. By three different fans. Who recognized him for three different roles. Wyn Davies laughs. It has been quite a ride. The actor, born in Swansea, …

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As You Like It: Teen Critics

The Teen Critic Program at Shakespeare Theatre Company allows high school students interested in theatre, journalism and/or critical writing the opportunity to learn how to view productions with a critical eye and write a savvy, persuasive theatre review. The Teen Critics attend each production, receive a press packet, preferred press seating and have the opportunity to meet with professional theatre critics from local newspapers before writing their own reviews.  Here are some excerpts from their reviews of As You Like It: Ben …

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ASIDES: Brave New World

By Drew Lichtenberg, Production Dramaturg, from ASIDES In 1609, a group of settlers sailing to Virginia (named in 1584 for the “Virgin Queen,” Elizabeth) wrecked on the shore of a strange island after a sudden sea-storm. They landed in Bermuda, the beginning of that island’s ill associations with lost travelers. Uniquely for Shakespeare, this episode can be traced directly to one of his plays. Indeed, Shakespeare might have known William Strachey, who wrote the earliest and best narrative of the …

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Prosecast: The Tempest

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The latest Prosecast takes you inside the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of The Tempest. Learn about the play’s historical origins, unique structure and hear from characters and hear from Clifton Duncan about playing Caliban, one of Shakespeare’s most controversial characters. Recorded at the Shakespeare Theatre Company by: Hannah Hessel Ratner, Audience Enrichment Manager Drew Lichtenberg, Literary Associate Clifton Duncan, Caliban in The Tempest Sound engineering and editing by Roc Lee. Read a transcript of this episode.

ASIDES: Mapping the Play, The Tempest

Director Ethan McSweeny and his artistic team design the desert island of his/your/our imagination By Laura Henry Buda, Community Engagement Manager How can a team of artists construct a world as ubiquitous and mysterious as a deserted island? Artists search for inspiration everywhere, and in theatre, the early stages of the design process usually include visual research: pouring over thousands of images, looking for a texture, a color, a certain slant of light or a particular sense of movement. Though later these images may seem …

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