The Black Rider: A Theatrical Production by Tom Waits, William S. Burroughs & Robert Wilson (1990)

≡ Category: Music, Theatre |4 Comments

Yes, you read correctly: there exists a piece of theater whose production brought together three of the most ardently-followed, iconoclastic creators of recent decades.


Take a Virtual Tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

≡ Category: History, Literature, Theatre |1 Comment

Last week, we featured a Prize-Winning Animation of 17th Century London. In many ways, it could be paired with these short virtual tours of the Globe Theatre.


Revisit Orson Welles’ Iconic ‘War of the Worlds’ Broadcast That Aired 75 Years Ago Today

≡ Category: History, Radio, Sci Fi, Theatre |3 Comments

On this day, in 1938, listeners tuned in to CBS radio to hear a piece of radio theater (listen below or here) so frightening and, for its time, realistic, that people across New England and eastern Canada fled their homes to escape danger.


Silent & Sound Shakespeare: Watch the Very First Film Adaptations of the Bard (1899-1936)

≡ Category: Film, Theatre |3 Comments

Shakespeare sells: counterintuitive, but seemingly true. The film industry, which pumps out Shakespeare adaptations (of varying levels of creativity) on the regular, has known this ever since it could hardly have had much awareness of itself as a film industry.


Rocky’s Famous Trip up the Art Museum Steps Spoofed by the Pranksters of Improv Everywhere

≡ Category: Comedy, Film, Theatre, Travel |2 Comments

I believe some movies are so classic, they should be considered untouchable, an opinion I wish more Broadway producers shared.
Brace yourself. Rocky, Sylvester Stallone’s heartwarming tale about a small-potatoes boxer in 1970s Philadelphia, has been turned into a musical.
No! Why!? Adrian!!!
It’s likely not as bad as I fear.


What Shakespeare Sounded Like to Shakespeare: Reconstructing the Bard’s Original Pronunciation

≡ Category: English Language, History, Literature, Theatre |15 Comments

What did Shakespeare’s English sound like to Shakespeare? To his audience? And how can we know such a thing as the phonetic character of the language spoken 400 years ago? These questions and more are addressed in the video above, which profiles a very popular experiment at London’s Globe Theatre, the 1994 reconstruction of Shakespeare’s the


The Homemade Hand Puppets of Bauhaus Artist Paul Klee

≡ Category: Art, K-12, Theatre |Leave a Comment

My kids used to beg their dad to help out with their impromptu puppet shows. He complied by having our daughter’s favorite baby doll deliver an interminable curtain speech, hectoring the audience (me) to become subscribers and make donations via the small envelope they’d find tucked in their programs.


Rare 1910 Audio: Sarah Bernhardt, ‘The Most Famous Actress the World Has Ever Known,’ in Racine’s Phèdre

≡ Category: Literature, Theatre |4 Comments

The French actress Sarah Bernhardt is often remembered as the first international superstar. Her hypnotic presence and flamboyant personality are legendary.


Mr. Magoo’s Cartoon Version of William Shakespeare’s Comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

≡ Category: Animation, Literature, Television, Theatre |1 Comment

Today is the summer solstice, focal point of the pagan holiday Midsummer. In Europe and elsewhere, people of various cultures celebrate Midsummer by collecting medicinal plants and building bonfires to ward off evil spirits. We’re celebrating the occasion with Mr.


A Theory of Justice, the Musical Imagines Philosopher John Rawls as a Time-Traveling Adventurer

≡ Category: Philosophy, Theatre |1 Comment

John Rawls’ 1971 book A Theory of Justice—with its famous illustration of “the veil of ignorance”—is a rigorous attempt to make egalitarian principles normative in political philosophy.


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