The Summer of Shakespeare begins! Leah Adcock-Starr, Justin Alexander, Eric Holm, Ariel Pinkerton, Joseph Papke, and Randy Reyes share their connections to Shakespeare and talk about their respective shows, playing this summer throughout the Twin Cities.
00:00-01:18: The panelists introduce themselves and we transition into the show rundowns.
01:18-04:24: Ariel Pinkerton speaks to Cromulent Shakespeare‘s upcoming show, Troilus and Cressida.
04:24-08:03: Joseph Papke of Classical Actor’s Ensemble discusses the Complete Sonnets Festival.
08:03-11:43: Upright Egg Theatre Company member and director of their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Leah Adcock-Starr, converses about her army of fairies.
11:43-16:00: Justin Alexander of American Shakespeare Repertory takes the reins and discusses his company’s upcoming readings, including The Second Maiden’s Tragedy and As You like It.
16:00-19:33: Eric Holm and Randy Reyes of The Strange Capers talk about their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which begins on the same day that Upright Egg’s closes.
19:33-27:56: We enter into an open-ended discussion centered on the appeal of Shakespeare in the park that bridges into personal experiences and a comparison to Joe and Justin’s productions, which are in more traditional spaces.
27:56-33:00: The strength of Shakespeare’s language and letting the words speak for themselves.
33:00-37:20: Finding new and different experiences upon returning to Shakespeare–and Joseph talks about his reassessment of the sonnets.
37:20-42:06: I ask Justin about his experience reading Ron Rosenbaum’s The Shakespeare Wars, and we use it as a jumping off point to talk more about criticism surrounding Troilus and Cressida and the not-so-warring productions of Midsummer.
42:06-46:18: We round out the podcast with final comments from our panelists about their respective shows.
The Second Maiden’s Tragedy: May 18 at The People’s Center Theater.
The Complete Sonnets Festival: May 21-23 at Intermedia Arts.
As You Like It: May 26 at The People’s Center Theater.
Troilus and Cressida: June 4-26 at area parks.
Upright Egg’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: June 18-July 10 at area parks.
The Strange Caper’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: July 10-August 1 at Powderhorn Park.