Director Robert Falls

Robert Falls is the Tony-winning artistic director of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and after talking with several actors from his productions of Death of a Salesman (left), The Iceman Cometh, The Winter’s Tale, and Enemy of the People, we finally get to talk to the man himself. Bob discusses how he approaches his work, and how ultimately passion decides everything, but along the way gives shout-outs to Mark Larson and his invaluable book Ensemble; talks about how he finds his way into the work; shares guest appearances by Winston Churchill; reveals one or two trials by fire; enthuses about amazing introductions to Shakespeare; and tells a great story about working with Vanessa Redgrave (though probably not the story you’re thinking of). (Length 24:55)

Romeo And Juliet

The current Chicago Shakespeare Theatre production of Romeo And Juliet completely reinvigorates Shakespeare’s most famous play, emphasizing frequently overlooked themes and giving events an intense urgency that accentuates both the comedy and the tragedy. Director Barbara Gaines (who’s also CST’s founding artistic director) talks about what finally drew her to the play and how she emphasized certain things while eschewing too much romanticization; how she underscores the dangers of cycles repeating endlessly; creates powerful final images: how every Shakespeare play can be improved by setting it in a high school; how she adds tension and comedy to the balcony scene; gives us a reduced history of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; and the wonderful but maybe not too surprising relationship between Chicago Shakes and Second City. (Length 24:02) (Pictured: Brittany Bellizeare and Edgar Miguel Sanchez in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Barbara Gaines. Photo by Liz Lauren.)

Steadfast Tin Soldier

Into The Woods

Completing The Canon

WATCH THE NEW PROMO VIDEO FOR HAMLET’S BIG ADVENTURE (a prequel)

Glory Of ‘Ensemble’

Tales Of Edinburgh

The Web Opera

We Debate ‘Shipoopi’

Shakespeare Cult Blueprints

The Winter’s Tale

Balancing Twelfth Night

Discussing Twelfth Night

High School Bard

Remembering Stanley Donen

Episode 636. All Is True?

Episode 634. Marya’s New ‘Tempest’

Episode 629. 2018’s Top Podcasts

Episode 624. Shakespearean Youth Theatre

Episode 623. Orsino And Othello

Episode 622. Viola And Olivia

Episode 621. Processing The Process

Episode 620. Tom Hanks’ Falstaff

Episode 618. Directing ‘Twelfth Night’

Episode 617. Remy Bumppo’s ‘Frankenstein’

Episode 616. Directing ‘Nell Gwynn’

Episode 614. Taming Shakespeare’s “Shrew”

Episode 611. Burbage to Burbage

Episode 610. ‘Western Civ’ Lives!

Episode 609. Well-Intentioned Director’s Guide

Episode 606. Composer Michael Roth

Episode 605. The Actors Gymnasium

Episode 597. Lady Macbeth Herself

Episode 594. ‘Caged’ World Premiere

Episode 589. Chicago’s Northlight Theatre

Episode 586. Reduced Show Report

Episode 570. Book Of Will

Episode 568. The Shakespeare Institute

Episode 565. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Episode 563. Orville Family Guy

Episode 559. Technical Theatre Textbook

Episode 557. Potted Potter P’nomenon

Episode 556. Abridged Too Far?

We premiered our one-hour version of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last week, and RSC UK cast members Joseph Maudsley, Matt Pearson, and James Percy discuss the ups and downs of further reduction. Featuring problems with pacing, riding over slumps, totally different experiences, 30-year anniversaries, terrific venues, Fringe memories, swan songs, retained poignancy, the challenges of dealing with audience volunteers, and also the challenge of being an audience volunteer. Puckin’ Ariel! (Length 20:29)

Episode 554. Curtain Call Online

Episode 552. Director Christopher Edwards

Episode 548. What About Cellphones?

Episode 545. Prague Shakespeare Company

Episode 536. Discussing ‘Much Ado’

Episode 532. Shakespeare & Trump

Episode 531. Thinking Shakespeare’s Text

Episode 529. Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation

Episode 527. The Writers Theatre

Episode 526. Othello v. Othello

Episode 514. Streamlining ‘Julius Caesar’