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This week we return to The Merchant of Venice to talk about what a total dick Portia is and how you can use some clues from the text to enliven performance. We continue our How To Grad School segment with a little talk about conference etiquette, and give you the low-down on where you can find productions of Merchant near you in the coming year. Also, Jess’s foster cat Becky interrupts recording to squeak at us and it’s super important.
Links to the (very few) Merchant productions and adaptations coming your way in 2019:
We can’t claim full Canon Completion without doing a 101 episode about the forgotten history play, Edward III. The Rhetorical Device of the Week is syllepsis; the Burbage Break is all about The Wiggins; we give you a quick run down of where Edward III is on the Plantagenet Family Tree; Jess tries (and maybe succeeds? You decide) to prove that Shakespeare definitely wrote at least part of this play (the wooing part, obvs); we play another round of F*ck, Marry, Kill; and there’s no new #DickBracket news to report because y’all are still voting on the final matchup. All that and super-not-sexy maritime pick-up lines, too!
The incredible Joey Gamble joins us to talk about the Queerest of all early modern plays, Galatea! The Rhetorical Device of the Week is periphrasis; we Meet the Contemporary, the real OG, John Lyly; Joey slays a round of Line Roulette; we gossip a little bit about some awesome upcoming projects and conference plans; and we reveal the FINAL #DickBracket matchup! All that, and surprise lesbians, too!
In this “tedious and brief” 101 episode, we break down everything you need to know about Arden of Faversham (and that most elusive of playwrights, Anonymous); the Rhetorical Device of the week is antanaclasis; we do an (anonymous) round of Meet the (Anonymous) Contemporary; we gush about the ASC production of Arden we just saw; we briefly rabbit-hole about Sublime and other ‘90s nostalgia; we play an epic round of F*ck, Marry, Kill; and finally, we deliver the results of one of the #DickBracket semi-final match ups. In case you’re wondering, everyone wants to f*ck Black Will and kill Shakebag. Obvs.