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- Much Ado About Ethics: December 19th CLE at the Nashville Public Library
- NSF Knows Ethics | Co-Founder Donald Capparella Interviewed for the Nashville Bar Journal
- Announcing THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO Cast
- All’s Fair in Love and Baseball: What Shakespeare Knew
- Shakespeare, Spectacle, the Nashville Scene and Us
The Nashville Bar Journal’s October 2013 issue features NSF Chairman of the Board, and Festival co-founder, Donald Capparella (Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella, PC) and how his love for Shakespeare has inspired him to utilize NSF and Shakespearean actors in his CLE ethics seminars to aid in the teaching of ethics to lawyers.
What is CLE? For all you non-lawyers out there, a CLE is a continuing education seminar for lawyers that takes place after their initial admission to the bar. In many states, yearly CLE participation is required of attorneys to maintain their license to practice law.
An excerpt from the Nashville Bar Journal detailing how our CLE seminars and business workshops came about:
“Not wanting to bore the jury… Donald conceived the idea of having Shakespearean actors to the reading at trial. The actors’ rendition was so successful that the Shakespeare Festival maintains a fee-based service for trial attorneys that hires out actors as readers to do the same thing. He also regularly uses Shakespeare Festival actors in his CLE ethics seminars to aid in the teaching of ethics to lawyers, and created the well-received CLE featuring a mock trial between the Earl of Oxford and Mr. Shakespeare himself over the issue of who really wrote the complete works attributed to Shakespeare. Several members of the Tennessee Supreme Court and several trial and appellate judges have judged this mock trial.”
Read the full article here and stay tuned for news about upcoming CLEs (our next one, on December 19th, will be open to the public).
We recently held auditions for our 2014 Winter Shakespeare production of Othello and after several days full of amazing actors (from both near and far), we finally narrowed down our cast. With both new and familiar faces to our Shakespeare stage, we’re heading into our 26th year of Shakespeare (and our 7th year of Winter Shakespeare at the Troutt Theater) with a bang. This is a production not to be missed!
The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
Belmont University’s Troutt Theatre
January 9 – February 2, 2014
Directed by Jon Royal
Set Design by Morgan Matens
Costumes by June Kingsbury
Light Design by Anne Willingham
|Cassio||Eric D. Pasto-Crosby*|
|Othello Understudy||John Byron Brooks|
* Denotes Member of Actors’ Equity Association or SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists)
“O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful, and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all hooping!” – As You Like It
If you are an avid baseball fan (or live with one and thus resigned yourself to turning over control of the remote during this time of year), the World Series just became a whole lot more interesting, and nail-bitingly intense, after last night’s game (which ended with the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals back to even after four games). Well, did you know that the earliest references to baseball occur in the plays of William Shakespeare? Ok, not really. But Shakespeare does appear to have loads to say about the game. So, for all of you watching the Series, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of baseball references culled from Shakespeare’s works (with the help of Paul Dickson’s Baseball’s Greatest Quotations). Enjoy!
For those of you watching the Series under duress, or looking to impress someone (be it your boss, father-in-law, or the cute co-ed down the hall) feel free to print out this list as a “cheat sheet,” ensuring that you have something to say for every play (and come off as the smartest person in the room at the same time). Continue reading
“We such stuff as things are made on.” — William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“Animated” statues, large dance numbers, contemporary music, suspended actors, extravagant set pieces and magic… Jupiter’s descent in Cymbeline, the coming to life of Hermione’s statue in The Winter’s Tale, and the wedding masque and magic in The Tempest. We could be talking about any number of current productions but we’re talking Shakespeare. And not just any Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Shakespeare’s time. Continue reading
By now, you know that we love all things Shakespeare. Especially all things Shakespeare involving Patrick Stewart and Jeremy Irons. Which is why we are overwhelmed with excitement over this:
Starting tonight, Friday, September 20th, on Nashville Public Television, Great Performances will air four of Shakespeare’s History Plays (Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I & II, and Henry V) on four consecutive Friday evenings under the umbrella title The Hollow Crown.
Originally broadcast on the BBC last summer, The Hollow Crown is a Sam Mendes (Skyfall!)-produced television event that chronicles the lives of the three legendary English kings, played by Ben Whishaw (BBC’s The Hour), Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston (Loki in The Avengers and Thor), highlighted in Shakespeare’s second tetralogy. The four plays, also known as the Henriad, tell a sequential story of feuding dynasties, rebellion and murder, with recurring characters, resulting in a four-part epic project filmed entirely on location that resembles a television mini-series more so than individual plays. Think The Tudors, not classic theatre. We’ve seen the first two installments in the series and in our opinion, The Hollow Crown is a complete triumph. So be sure to check it out! (And you’ll be forgiven if the series brings to mind Game of Thrones…that’s no accident. Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin was inspired by the same events Shakespeare drew from in his history plays: the Wars of the Roses.)
The Hollow Crown premieres on Nashville Public Television, Friday, September 20th at 8 p.m. with Richard II.
The full schedule (so you can set your DVRs) is as follows: Continue reading
September 14th at noon at the Nashville Main Library we will be presenting a staged reading of Henry V in the West Reading Room. What is Shakespeare Upright!? This is a series of staged readings of selected plays with actors cast in specific roles. The series is intended to enrich the Shakespeare Allowed! experience through further exploration of the play for that month (for more detailed information).
The following is the Henry V cast: Continue reading