Dan Beaulieu and Christine Penney are the co-founders and directors of the Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, New Hampshire’s only year-round dedicated to performing the works of Shakespeare or pieces that illuminate him. Seven Stages engages with Shakespeare in a variety of contexts, including performances, readings, workshops, and podcasts, and as Christine and Dan explain the company’s mission and objectives, they talk about swimming where the fish are, such as in in parks, bars, theaters (sometimes), barns, and warehouses; give shout-outs to influential professors; reveal how musical theatre performers are frequently excellent Shakespeareans; celebrate Shakespeare with a morning zoo/sports talk-radio energy; compare Brooklyn neighborhoods; and finally — beautifully — share what happens when you get to the sixth and seventh stages of Shakespeare. Recorded LIVE at the Shakespeare Theatre Association Conference in Dallas, January 2020. (Length 20:23) (Pictured: Deb Kinghorn as Lear in the 2016 Seven Stages Shakespeare production. Photo by M. Lavigne Photography.)

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  1. Ha! You make an excellent point. And you also remind me: We may want to include in the published edition that outstanding list of new 12 Days of Christmas gift suggestions you compiled during our original run. Thanks, Emily!

  2. Re: Stage Directions: My experience they blame stage directions on the previous Stage Manager. : ) I worked on two NEW scripts, where the director and cast were certain the stage directions came from the SM and not the Playwright. Congrats on getting Christmas published! I’ll look forward to reading my stage directions.

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