Becoming Henry V

Daniel Jose Molina brilliantly played Hal in both parts of Henry IV and the title role of Henry V At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2017 & 2018. Now quarantining in the Chicago area with his wife Alejandra Escalante (who fiercely played Hotspur opposite him in Henry IV Part 1), Daniel discusses how the roles came to him, and shares how Hal’s fear of becoming king matches the actor’s fear of playing him; the importance of knowing that Hal belongs in Eastcheap and isn’t just a tourist; how to best fight imposter syndrome; passing the baton to your fellow actors; the challenge of translating Shakespeare back into English; having multiple versions of the same conversation; the value of discovering new dream roles; devising the elevator pitch of Hal’s journey; and the flattering presence of the Reduced Shakespeare Company in his actor origin story. (Length 28:56)

That Shakespeare Voice

Samuel Taylor (author of My Life with the Shakespeare Cult, Blueprints for a Shakespeare Cult, and co-founder of the Back Room Shakespeare Project) and Jasmine Bracey (actor, teacher, and stakeholder in Back Room Shakes) talk about their new online class, “Spitting Out the ‘Shakespeare Voice'”, which breaks down the racist and colonizing ways in which speaking Shakespeare’s language is taught — and gives students and actors new ways of finding and utilizing their authentic voices. Featuring a breakdown (in every sense) of the teachings of Edith Skinner; delighting in Shakespeare’s language like jazz; the danger of asserting the dominance of a certain culture; the frustration of overcoming barriers to authenticity in a world of pretend; showing multiple facets of an actor’s diamond; possible textual evidence for the only two characters in the canon who can legitimately use a “mid-Atlantic” accent; the importance of not being complicit; the beauty of experiencing and speaking Shakespeare’s words authentically, especially if he’s the greatest playwright in the English-speaking western canon; the distinction of holding the mirror up to nature but not telling you what to see in it; and breaking down the idea that there’s only one correct way to speak the speech. Speak YOUR speech! (Length 33:46)

‘Ma Rainey’s’ Band

Episode 487. The Actors’ Nightmares

Episode 484. Breaking In Kurt

Episode 471. Doctor Who Creatures

Episode 455. BackRoom Shakespeare Backstage

Episode 437. Back Room Shakespeare

Episode 433. American Acting ‘Crisis’

Episode 431. TJ And Dave

Episode 425. UK Comedy Openings

Episode 423. UK Comedy Fools

Episode 412. ‘Martian American’ Dude

Episode 381. Acting With Masks

Episode 380. Sacrificing RSC Virgins

Episode 379. The Fiasco Theatre

Episode 378. Evaluating The Best

Episode 376. Playing The Fool

Episode 375. The Bible Boys

Episode 361. A Comedian’s Prayer

Episode 340. Directing A Comedy

Episode 339. Joss Whedon Shakespeare

Episode 331. Shakespeare Opening Weekend

Episode 309. The UnReduced Hamlet