This is my first episode. We had a bit of trouble with the sound but Dave and I had a fantastic conversation. I asked Dave to be my first guest because I’m in awe of his knowledge about the Shakespearean and the Elizabethan time period. It’s sad for both of us that his timeless work is not appreciated as much as we’d like it to be. I hope if you’ve hated Shakespeare in the past, after this podcast you’ll consider getting better acquainted with his work.
Dave has loved theatre since his first performance in the Opera Carmen at age 6. Since then he teaches acting and has led actors workshops and founded The Northern Colorado Actors Studio. He also acts in his spare time. He recently directed, Constellations, Orson’s Shadow, and Antony and Cleopatra, Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Chimes at Midnight, Twelfth Night, King Lear, As You Like It and the regional premiere of Gloria. In his 30 years as an actor favorite roles include: Mr.Paravicini in The Mousetrap, Alf in Peter and the Starcatcher, Edgar in King Lear, Horatio in Hamlet, Orgon in Tartuffe, Benjamin Franklin in 1776, and Theo Maske in The Underpants.
Works by William Shakespeare we Discussed
Measure for Measure
Chimes at Midnight by Orson Wells (1965, available on Amazon Prime)
Henry IV, parts I & II
Shakespeare’s sonnets performed by Patrick Stewart (on YouTube)
All’s Well that Ends Well
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
Much Ado About Nothing
The term Dramaturg was discussed in this episode. For those who are unfamiliar with the word, a dramaturg is a special consultant who provides specific, in-depth knowledge and literary resources to a director, producer, or entire theatre company.
“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognaitive Scientist.