When I introduce actors to working with the Folio, I try to narrow it down to the five most important things to keep in mind, and to always refer back to as they are doing their book work, and during rehearsals. So today, I give you 5 folio tips for rehearsing Shakespe...

Dear friends,

As I reflect on the past year with Classics on the Rocks, I am in awe of the dedication, passion, and kindness within our community. This city can be a big and lonely place and I am so thankful that over the past 5 years we have had the opportunity to cu...

In our first installment of #FolioFriday, I talked about the value of using folio spelling as a clue when beginning to work on a new classical text. This week, I want to take an even closer look at the way Shakespeare uses spelling, specifically “long form” spelling.

Wh...

“Play with the text.” A common yet vague note. A note that can easily send an actor spinning in circles. But if you know what to play with - this note is all you need. This is where First Folio comes in handy.

Let’s take a look at a couple quick passages from the Mercha...

Dear Audience,

There seems to be a little bit of a misunderstanding as to what is and isn’t expected when we get together and spend the evening sharing in the magic of face to face theatrical communication (in other words a play).

Let’s be honest, when the hottest ticket...

The recent announcement about Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s three year project that will commission modern playwrights to translate Shakespeare’s plays into modern English has caused quite a stir within the theatre community. The news first broke Monday when Playbill s...

“Breathing correctly is the key to playing Shakespeare’s verse”- Giles Block, Speaking the Speech

Giles Block was the “master of words” at the Globe Theatre. His book, Speaking the Speech, is in my opinion, an absolute must-read for anybody interested in performing Shak...

"Shakespeare is his text, and the way he uses it is just that. So if you want to do him justice, you have to look for and follow the clues he offers. If an actor does that, then he'll find that Shakespeare himself starts to direct him." - John Barton

But how do you...

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