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Mar 14, 2018

In this Scene episode, Jack and Molly dig into act one, scene 5 of ROMEO AND JULIET – the infamous doomed meeting of the famous doomed lovers. This scene has it all: Fiery bitchcake Tybalt, perfect comic timing from the Nurse, Benvolio being really done, adorable poetry, and the perfect sentence to utter when all of...

Mar 1, 2018

In this 'adaptation' episode, Molly and Jack discuss Margaret Atwood's imaginative re-telling of the Tempest, "Hag-Seed." An entry in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, this book features an enthralling deep dive in to the main character's psyche, a play within a play within the novel, and some questionable rapping. Enjoy!

Feb 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day! Shakespeare wrote some great love poetry. Sonnet 130 also known as "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" is up there with the best, even if it might not seem like it at first. Molly and Jack discuss the sonnet as well as Alan Rickman's performance of it, which can be found in this episode...

Feb 1, 2018

In this speech episode, Jack and Molly do a close reading of Lady Macbeth's soliloquy, "Come you spirits/That tend on mortal thoughts." They discuss a feminist (read: better, fair) interpretation of Lady Macbeth, and get into the multiple meanings of thick blood, milk for gall, and murdering ministers. They also happen...

Jan 17, 2018

In this character episode, Molly and Jack take time to examine the arc of everyone's favorite barge-appreciator, Enobarbus. Along the way they discover that Enobarbus' name is super fun for riffing, Jack manages to mention Bruce Springsteen, and Molly provides insights into how Shakespeare stole from Plutarch!