Merchant of Venice 201

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:

Play On! A Festival of 39 Readings from Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Translation Project, Classic Stage Company (CSC), New York, New York, June 9, 2019

Shakespeare at Winedale, Austin, Texas, June 20–23, 2019

Shakespeare Dallas, Dallas, Texas, Summer 2020

Royal Shakespeare Company, England, September 30–October 5, 2019 

Edward III 101

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!

Galatea 101

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!

Arden of Faversham 101

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.

The Witch 101

This week we have super-special-witchy guest, Courtney Parker on to talk us through Thomas Middleton’s The Witch! The Rhetorical Device of the Week is hyperbaton (aka Yoda-speak); we bring back our Meet the Contemporary feature and tell you all about our buddy T-Mids; Courtney breaks down why this play is so awesome and yet so under-performed; Jess invents a new game; we gossip about a new program at this year’s SAA conference; and Tambourlaine advances to the next round in the #DickBracket (of course he did, that DICK). Which Witch is the titular Witch? You’ll have to listen to find out!