Shakespeare Bulletin

Journal provides commentary on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, feature articles, theatre and film review, and book reviews.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall

Casting for Racial Harmony: Strategies of Redemption in Caleen Sinnette Jennings's Double Play
Caleen Sinnette Jennings's intertwined two-play sequence Playing Juliet/Casting Othello (1998) activates three distinct meanings of casting. (1) Most obvious is the metadramatic scenario of characters who are casting Shakespearean parts for two productions...
Doctor Faustus
Doctor Faustus Presented byAtlanta Shakespeare Company at The New American Shakespeare Tavern, Atlanta, Georgia. January 1-25, 2009. Adapted and directed by Jeff Watkins. Costume Design by Anne Carole Butler. Lighting by Trish Harris. Props and...
Hamlet
Hamlet Presented by the Necessary Angel Theatre Company at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, Canada. November 20-23, 2008. Directed and designed by Graham McLaren. Lighting design and production management by Andrea Lundy. Music and sound design...
Introduction: Shakespeare, Race, and Performance
Shakespeare, race, and performance are three seemingly simple words which individually have a host of complex meanings that only become exponentially more multifaceted when placed in conjunction. Shakespeare is the man, the plays, the assumed authorial...
MacB: The Macbeth Project
MacB: The Macbeth Project Presented by The African-American Shakespeare Company at the Buriel Clay Theatre, San Francisco, California. September 19-October 5, 2008 and Willow High School, Crockett, California. March 9-March 20, 2009. Directed and...
Othello
Othello Presented by Theatre for a New Audience at The Duke on 42d Street, New York, New York. February 22-March 7, and April 12-24, 2009. Directed by Arin Arbus. Set by Peter Ksander. Costumes by Miranda Hoffman. Lighting by Marcus Doshi. Sound...
Othello at the Market Theatre
Othello, more than any play in the canon, has a fascinating and contentious performance and reception history. In 1987, at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, in apartheid South Africa, Janet Suzman added significantly to this history by breaching South...
Performing Race on the Original-Practices Stage: A Call to Action
More than 300,000 people each year visit the recreation of Shakespeare's Globe on London's South Bank in order to see how the centuries old plays were originally performed. (1) In the US, visitors flock to the recreated Blackfriars Playhouse at the...
Revenge of a King
Revenge of a King Presented by the Black Theatre Troupe and Blackpoet Ventures at the Playhouse on the Park, Phoenix, Arizona. January 8-25, 2009. Conceived by Herb Newsome. Music by Derrick Walker. Additional music and lyrics by Jason Yee, Steve...
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Presented by The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. October 16-November 16, 2008. Directed by David Kennedy. Set by Tobin Ost. Costumes by Jennifer Moeller....
Strange Episodes: Race in Stage History
Introduction Sept 4 Towards night, the kinges interpreter came, and brought me a letter from the Portingall, wher in (like the faction) he offered me all kindly services. The bearer is a man of marvailous redie witt and speakes in eloquent Portugues....
The Blackfaced Bard: Returning to Shakespeare or Leaving Him?
As Dympna Callaghan has argued, "Othello was a white man" (Callaghan 75-96). That is, he was originally created for, and performed by, the white Renaissance actor Richard Burbage. Despite the modern production history to the contrary--with its long...
The Shoemaker's Holiday
The Shoemaker's Holiday Presented by the Rose Theatre Company and THEatre KIT at the Rose Theatre, Bankside, London. 30 Oct-1 November, 13-15 November 2008. Directed by David Pearce and Pepe Pryke. Costumes by Warren Rusher. Photos by Peter Kollar....
The Tempest
The Tempest Presented by the Baxter Theatre Centre and the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Richmond Theatre, Surrey, UK. March 19-28, 2009. Directed byJanice Honeyman. Set designed by Illka Louw. Lighting design by Mannie Manim. Music direction,...
The Third Part of Henry the Sixth, with the Death of the Duke of York
The Third Part of Henry the Sixth, with the death of the Duke of York. Presented by the Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The New American Shakespeare Tavern, Atlanta, Georgia. November 20-23 & 30, 2008. Directed by Jeff Watkins. Costumes by Anne...
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Two Gentlemen of Verona Presented by the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota. January 24-March 29, 2009. Directed by Joe Dowling. Scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez. Costume design by Ann Hould-Ward. With Sam Bardwell (Valentine), Jonas...
The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale Presented by the Bridge Project at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York. February 10-March 8, 2009. Directed by Sam Mendes. Set by Anthony Ward. Costumes by Catherine Zuber. Lighting by Paul Pyant. Sound by Paul Arditti....
Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night Presented by the Donmar West End Company at the Wyndham's Theatre, London. December 5, 2008-March 7, 2009. Directed by Michael Grandage. Set and Costumes by Christopher Oram. Lighting by Nell Austin. Musical Composition by Julian Philips....
Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night Presented by the American Shakespeare Center at the Blackfriars Theatre, Staunton, Virginia. June 17-December 5, 2008. Directed by Rob Clare. Costume design by Erin M. West With Alyssa Wilmoth (Viola), Chancy Tullos (Sebastian), Rene...
Two Actors on Shakespeare, Race, and Performance: A Conversation between Harry J. Lennix and Laurence Fishburne
This conversation between Harry J. Lennix and Laurence Fishburne took place on July 19, 2008 in a card in Manhattan. Shakespeareans will recognize Lennix from Julie Taymor's Titus (2000) in which he played Aaron the Moor. Fishburne, of course, played...
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