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The Jig is Up: A Parting Glance at TSTP

“When you do dance, I wish you A wave o’ th’ sea, that you might ever do Nothing but that.” The Winter’s Tale (IV, iv, 159-161) Each and every Shakespeare’s Globe performance ends with a jig. That’s right, everybody dances. This custom cuts across genres as the star-crossed lovers, deposed monarchs, and bloody corpses we […]

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As I Like It: A Random Recap at Week’s End (Part II)

Today’s plan is to have another relatively low-key Sunday after Friday’s heady (and late) performance evening and a long day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon yesterday.  My only real aim today was to attend orchestral mass at the venerable 1400 year old St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is an experience I didn’t want to miss while I’m right here […]

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All the Globe’s a Stage

Tonight’s our first official TSTP performance, which also marks the end of my first two weeks here at Shakespeare’s Globe, and I’m in a constant state of exhilarating fatigue. On Wednesday, we started our sessions at 5pm, which should have been my cue to sleep in, but I found this impossible to do. I am […]

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As I Like It: A Random Recap at Week’s End

Today I wisely refrained from making definite plans. Rest has been at a premium during this first hectic week, and most of us have been feeling sleep-deprived. So after my morning porridge (this term seems to be preferable to oatmeal), I grabbed my laundry and headed for the basement. The rest of the day I […]

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Glynn MacDonald and The Gilded Stage

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. –T.S. Eliot This has been an incredibly transformative experience so far, but it felt particularly so on Thursday. The morning began with our first movement session with […]

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Game On, Groundlings! (TSTP Days 2 and 3)

The nine o’clock start time yesterday felt so much earlier than Monday’s 9:45, and I managed to be late enough for breakfast to realize just how long that line can get.  Bankside house is a curiosity when one considers the sheer variety of people in terms of age, background, purpose for travel etc., all gathered […]

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Shall I Prepare Me for a Summer’s Day?

Alas, the wait is over and my Summer 2015 Sojourn at Shakespeare’s Globe in London is about to begin! Anyone who knows me can tell you that my feet have barely touched the ground since I found out a few months ago that I’d be taking part in The Globe’s three-week Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance program.  The program, a joint […]

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The Pope and the Piazza del Popolo (New Year’s Eve Memories- Rome 2008)- A Video Blog

Remember the heady last days of 2008?  We had just elected Barack Obama president, which made America and Americans  suddenly much more popular in Europe and just about everywhere else.  This was especially true if you were Black…Anyway, we had quite an adventure in Rome which was the first and last stop on our week-long stay […]

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WHAT I LEARNED FROM THIS SOJOURN: CHINA EDITION

    The image of these koi fish continues to resonate with me as I reflect on our trip three years later.  Like this pond, China as a nation is huge, crowded, determined, busy, but her people are also kind, curious, friendly, and hospitable.  I wrote quite a bit here about the fact that we did indeed […]

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THE ORIENT EXPRESSED: SHANGHAI IS FOR SHOPPING

Travel Dates: July 19 – 20, 2011  After diligently avoiding the relentless calls of the “watches, bags, shoes” solicitors on the streets, I decided that while I didn’t want to follow some greasy type down a back alley and end up like Carrie and Co. in Sex and The City 2, I most definitely was […]

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