#132: Leah Adcock-Starr, Justin Alexander, Eric Holm, Ariel Pinkerton, Joseph Papke, and Randy Reyes

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.


As promised, the favorite sonnets of Joe and Eric: #75 and #29.

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5 comments for “#132: Leah Adcock-Starr, Justin Alexander, Eric Holm, Ariel Pinkerton, Joseph Papke, and Randy Reyes

  1. Dan Pinkerton
    May 19, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    A fascinating podcast. A great idea, well-executed. The moderator and all the artists do a terrific job of creating a conversation about creating and experiencing Shakespeare, as well as how to reach out to audiences without condescending. DISCLAIMER: I am related to one of the participants — but not the other six, and though the individuals were all passionate and articulate, the sum of this discussion is really greater than the parts.

  2. May 19, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks Dan–everyone was really on and willing to talk, so I was pleased with how it came out. So pleased, in fact, that I’m considering doing larger scale shows in the future.

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