Anthony Clarvoe’s ‘Living’

Anthony Clarvoe’s play The Living takes place in London during the plague year of 1665, and its echoes to our current moment are unmistakable. Anthony (left) discusses how The Living (written in 1990) was inspired by the AIDS crisis of the 1980s; how he discovered his primary play’s sources; how he was galvanized by Daniel Defoe’s 18th-century novel A Journal of the Plague Year; moving descriptions of empty streets; the value of current events; being simultaneously both intimate and epic; loving group protagonists; celebrating the father of population statistics; sharing themes, actors, and a director with Tony Kushner’s Angels in America; how you can order both physical and digital copies; and reference to an ancient and obscure research technology known as “a card catalogue.” (Length 22:06)

Miranda In Milan

Author Katharine Duckett (left) talks about her new novella Miranda In Milan, which explores what happens when Prospero’s daughter from The Tempest returns with her father to Milan after the events in Shakespeare’s play. Katharine talks about her influences; how she draws on not only Shakespeare but Mary Shelley; how the novel came out of her reading of the play and found its eventual form; dominant storytelling forms; investigating the unresolved tension of the play; her shared Shakespearean instincts; pronunciation controversies; and her own origins story as a writer. (Length 15:45)

Gary’s ‘Finding Joy’

Finding Joy is Gary Andrews’ book about how he dealt with the sudden and unexpected death of his wife a few years ago. Gary talks about how the book evolved from his regular #DoodleADay ritual; how the grieving process navigates a Shakespearean combination of tones. the fun he’s having producing his web series called Drawing on Shakespeare (co-hosted by Austin Tichenor); the joy of Joy’s funny walks; how we’re all experiencing different forms of grief (loss of life, loss of lifestyle, loss of careers); receiving humbling and moving testimonials; a heat-induced inability to remember one’s own CV; and ultimately how you honor the deceased by learning to laugh again. (Length 20:07)

Chris Interviews Austin

It’s our 700th episode!! And because it happily coincides with the publication of Christopher Moore‘s Shakespeare For Squirrels, the New York Times best-selling author turns the tables and interviews RSC co-artistic director Austin Tichenor in an epic un-reduced unabridged almost one-hour conversation. The two Fauxspeareans celebrate the release of Chris’s book by getting lost in the weeds of craft and discussing the importance of inoculating people against Shakespeareaphobia; the value of learning to keep 5-7 year olds entertained; the difficulties of working with living playwrights; understanding who got Shakespeare’s jokes and who didn’t; writing a Hitchcock adaptation for Disney animation; the dangers of unskilled labor; learning comic timing from stand-ups and Gilbert & Sullivan; using a five-act structure; the value of memorizing Shakespeare; the art of capturing Shakespeare’s exquisite mixture of tones; the perfectly understandable struggle to explain Shakespeare’s greatness; plausible explanations for why Shakespeare left his wife his second-best bed; snappy answers to listener questions; and being members in the small club of authors rewriting Shakespeare. (Length 58:17)

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Episode 592. Christopher Moore’s ‘Noir’

Episode 591. I Was Cleopatra

Episode 584. The Comedy “Plantation!”

Episode 574. The Stupidest Angel

Episode 569. Playwright Lauren Gunderson

Episode 567. Sir Stanley Wells

Episode 566. Captain Picard’s Autobiography

Episode 560. Water Will Come

Episode 559. Technical Theatre Textbook

Episode 554. Curtain Call Online

Episode 542. Writing Pop-Up Shakespeare

Episode 535. What’s A Play?

Episode 534. Writing About ‘Veils’

Episode 533. Matt Croke’s Memoir

Episode 529. Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation

Episode 513. Writing Crime Novels

Episode 501. Thaddeus And Slocum

Episode 500! Playwright Ken Ludwig

Episode 499. On Political Correctness

Episode 496. Novelist Louis Bayard

Episode 493. Good Tickle Brain

Episode 492. The Shakespeare Guardian

Episode 490. Shakespeare And Burlesque

Episode 485. The ‘Curtain Call’

Episode 473. Meet Aaron Posner

Episode 464. Writing “Almost, Maine”

Episode 458. Captain Kirk’s Autobiography

Episode 444. The New Pages

Episode 437. Back Room Shakespeare

Episode 435. Nerd Noir Novelist

Episode 431. TJ And Dave

Episode 420. Satan Sings Sondheim

Episode 404. The Scottish Effect

Episode 401. Yisrael’s Three Conversions

Episode 389. Jacques Lamarre’s Journey

Episode 385. Unknown Dan Rice

Episode 383. Meet The Darwins

Episode 377. By The Numbers

Episode 366. Serpent of Venice

Episode 360. Austin Tichenor’s ‘Frankenstein’

Episode 354. Playwright Anthony Clarvoe