Artistic Directors Talk Shakespeare

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 10

"And by that destiny to perform an act / Whereof what’s past is prologue, what to come / In yours and my discharge." 
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Shakespeare's words and stories may be timeless, but what does that mean when you stage his plays for a modern American audience? That's a challenge that artistic directors relish as they explore the plays' many possibilities. This podcast episode looks at some of the ingenious approaches they’ve come up with, as well as the thinking behind them.

"What's Past Is Prologue" features the voices of artistic directors from Oregon to Minneapolis to Washington, DC. These interviews were first conducted for the Folger's NEH-funded radio documentary series, "Shakespeare in American Life," produced in 2007 to commemorate the Folger's 75th anniversary.

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From the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series. © September 10, 2014. Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved.

Written and produced for the Folger Shakespeare Library by Richard Paul. Garland Scott is associate producer. Edited by Esther Ferington and Gail Kern Paster.

The music was composed and arranged by Lenny Williams. We had help gathering material for this podcast series from Amy Arden.

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