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Dec 7, 2017

Starring Stephen Fry as Malvolio, Mark Rylance as Olivia and Johnny Flynn as Viola, this all star (all male) cast takes Twelfth Night all the way back to it's beginnings. Molly and Jack discuss the delightful music, comfortable blocking and hilarious shrubbery that make the Globe's original conditions performance of...

Nov 22, 2017

Jack and Molly close read Othello's recount of the wooing of Desdemona from act 1, scene 3. But who's really wooing who in this speech? Is storytelling a form of witchcraft? They also consult the OED for Shakespeare's definition of pity.

Desdemona: "I wish I knew someone exactly like you."

Othello: "Hey, have you met me?"

Nov 9, 2017

How do you make two crowns from an egg? Why are there no more than seven stars? Who can tell why a snail has a house? Who is the coolest fool of them all? These questions and more answered in this character episode of Party Bard on the archetypal Shakespearean Fool, the character only known as "The Fool" from King Lear.

Oct 31, 2017

Crows, arrows, the creepiest Lady Macbeth ever put to film, and a fog drenched adaptation of one of the bard's most harrowing works: it's Throne of Blood! Even though Halloween doesn't fall on a Wednesday this year, the excuse to talk about this classic was too good to pass up. Check out the First Annual Party...

Oct 26, 2017

Jack and Molly hop into the courtroom with Portia, Antonio, and Shylock. They consult the OED for the definitions of Mercy, and Jack fixes the problem in Problem Plays. What is Mercy? What is Justice? Are Antonio and Bassanio in love? (yes.)