Shakespeare Lightning Round: Ken Ludwig

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 5:00 pm
Virtual Event on Instagram Live

What’s your favorite Shakespeare play? Most overrated Shakespeare play? When it's intermission, what do you order from a theater's concessions stand? Tune in on Instagram Live for a fun, fast-paced, Shakespearean chat show. We ask our guests 30 lightning-fast questions about their favorite—and least favorite—things about the Bard.

Playwright Ken Ludwig joined us on a new episode October 28, 2020.

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Ken Ludwig has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London's West End, and many of his works have become a standard part of the American repertoire. Lend Me a Tenor won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. Crazy For You was on Broadway for 5 years and won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical. In addition, he has won two Olivier Awards (England’s highest theater honor), the Helen Hayes Award, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater.

Ludwig's newest play, Dear Jack, Dear Louise, tells the story of his parent’s courtship during World War II. After a premiere public reading at Folger Theatre, Dear Jack, Dear Louise premiered at Arena Stage in 2019; in September, it won the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical at the 2020 Helen Hayes Awards. 

His book How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published by the Yale Review. His work has been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages.

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