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


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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ASIDES: UP NEXT with The Tempest director Ethan McSweeny

Can you discuss your relationship to The Tempest? Well, The Tempest was the first play that I ever directed! I chose it while a junior at Columbia University right around the time that I was discovering that I might actually want to be a director. Aside from great hubris, I am not sure what motivated such a decision except that I had always deeply loved the play: it is gorgeous, difficult and rewarding—and it is Shakespeare the master playwright at the most sure and mature phase of his career. A few …

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ASIDES: An interview with Zoe Waites and Tara Giordano

FACES AND VOICES From the U.K. to the District: Classical training for the Classical stage By Hannah Hessel Ratner You may have heard that the best way to get to Carnegie Hall is practice but no amount of reciting Romeo and Juliet in front of the mirror will get you cast in one of Shakespeare’s plays. In truth there are a number of paths actors take but in most of their resumes you’ll find some type of advanced training in …

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ASIDES: Mapping the Play, As You Like It

By Garrett Anderson, Artistic Fellow, from ASIDES Typically, productions of As You Like It are filled with pastoral representations of British forests, farmland and fauna. Traversing the world of Arden, however, proves tricky for the characters in the play, who are exposed to a magical, theatrical world of lions and serpents, olive groves, chestnut trees and antique roots, one where there are “sermons in stones, books in the babbling brooks, and good in everything.” For the design team creating a world where this all takes place, illustrating Arden is a real challenge. Set and costume …

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The Play’s the Thing

Tonight we celebrate the 80th birthday of beloved actor and Affiliated Artist Ted van Griethuysen. To mark the occasion, Ted performs “The Play’s the Thing,” a one-man exploration of the Bard’s most celebrated and debated text, Hamlet. Througout his extensive career, Ted has taken on Hamlet numerous times, embodying Hamlet (twice), Laertes (twice), The Ghost (twice), Claudius, Polonius, First Player and the Gravedigger. For the event, Ted took us on a walk back through the productions that made this text one of the …

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ASIDES: The Many Colors of Michael Attenborough


The Decorated Director Makes his D.C. Debut with Shakespeare’s Comedy of Desire, Passion and Gender, As You Like It  By Drew Lichtenberg, Literay Associate and Resident Dramaturg at STC, from ASIDES. One of the subtle things you notice about Michael Attenborough after spending a week in rehearsal with him is his shoes. He owns nine pairs of vintage Converse All-Stars, each a different color. He has brought four of them with him on the trip from his home in London …

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