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Tag: Shakespeare


Much Ado About Very Little

What does it take to put on a Shakespeare play in a Midwestern regional theater? A new book seeks to answer this question, but far more interesting questions are left unasked. Why do these people devote their lives to their craft? Why does this particular play in this particular season for these particular people matter?

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Hag-Seed

Margaret Atwood’s modern-day take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” follows a Canadian theater director, driven mad over his daughter’s death, who is fired and exiled from the world of theater. Using only his artistic genius and a crew of local prisoners, he devises a brilliant new production of “The Tempest.”

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VIDEO: British Actor Benedict Cumberbatch: F*** the Politicians’ Response to Syrian Refugee Crisis

The British actor gave many impassioned speeches about the Syrian refugee crisis at the end of his performances as Hamlet in London, but one speech differed in a very specific way.

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My Teacher

The Rev. Coleman Brown, who had the most profound impact of all my teachers on my education, died in December. He taught me how to think. And in being taught how to think, I was taught how to be free.

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A Conversation With Garry Wills

Truthdig talks with the writer/historian about his new book, “Making Make-Believe Real,” which considers Shakespeare and the political power of poetry.

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The Power of Imagination

Amid the psychoses of modern times, we are suicidally exploiting the earth and our neighbors. If we are to survive, we must reclaim the reverence for life made possible by the human imagination.

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Richard III’s Remains Found Six Feet Under British Parking Lot

It’s hardly the kind of vaunted resting place various other British royals have enjoyed, but the earth beneath a municipal parking lot in Leicester, England, is where the remains of King Richard III were recently discovered.

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A Time for ‘Sublime Madness’

Only in the depths of human imagination can we find the resources to fight against the ceaseless assaults on civil liberties and the planet itself. Only there can we unearth the strength and passion to resist.

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How to Think

If universities think a Milton Friedman or a Friedrich Hayek is more important than a Virginia Woolf or an Anton Chekhov, then we become barbarians.

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Judge Puts Heart Into Prop. 8 Ruling

In throwing out California’s notorious Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, appellate Judge Stephen Reinhardt showed the heart of a romantic and humor in a ringing defense of the often-scorned institution of marriage.

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Obama Still of Two Minds on Gay Rights

While the Obama administration has spoken up for gay rights, it has yet to support gay marriage; Kevin Spacey has been heckling noisy audience members in his role as Richard III; meanwhile, L.A. and Occupy L.A. have come to a similar consensus about corporate personhood: It needs to go! These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Time for a Little Education

I’m a retired teacher and I’m pissed. No matter what form of media I look at, I’m confronted with constant references to the various budget crises. The crises are real, but the search for culprits has degenerated into a hypocritical attempt to score political points.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE


British Actor Tortures Child With Shakespeare Drill

Brian Cox is a fine actor, but what in the hell is going on here? Thirty months is a bit young to play Hamlet, even if a child is British.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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Chris Hedges Talks ‘Illusion’ and Morality on GRITtv

Is the unflagging popularity of reality television a sign of the entertainment industry’s relentless reliance on producing fodder for the lowest common denominator—or a symptom, as Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues in this clip from “GRITtv With Laura Flanders,” of a society in serious moral decline?

Posted on Jul 31, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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Robert Scheer: Brooding Prince’s Soliloquy

To surge or not to surge, that is the question. As our prince proposes, once again, to take arms against a sea of troubles, he responds not to the disaster that he has visited upon Iraq, but rather embraces a desperate strategy for salvaging what remains of his reign.

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