The Play's the Thing
The Play's the Thing
CiRCE Podcast Network
The Play's the Thing is the ultimate podcast resource for lovers of Shakespeare. Dedicating six episodes to each play (one per act, plus a Q&A episode), this podcast explores the themes, scenes, characters, and lines that make Shakespeare so memorable. In the end, we will cover every play The Bard wrote, thus permitting an ongoing contemplation and celebration of the most important writer of all time. Join us.The Play’s the Thing is presented by The CiRCE Podcast Network. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Measure for Measure: Act V
I like to call this act "duke ex machina." The Duke returns, ready to solve everyone's problems. Plus, a special guest asks the question, "Did Shakespeare care about his characters?" Plus, after the podcast, Gaelyn and Tim keep talking at home and Gaelyn forms a theory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Feb 9
1 hr 3 min
Measure for Measure: Act IV
It's complicated, okay. In Act 4, the Duke (disguised as the Friar) is a puppet master, pulling strings, saving prisoners, ending lives. He also forms a secret plot with Angelo's jilted fiancé. See, it's complicated. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Feb 2
42 min
Measure for Measure: Act III
In Measure for Measure, Act 3, Isabella breaks the news to her brother: He will be executed by Angelo. The only alternative is unthinkable to Isabella. But not to her brother.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Jan 19
41 min
Measure for Measure: Act II
The nun, Isabella, asks Angelo to have mercy on her condemned brother. But Angelo is unrelenting. —Unless Isabella is willing to offer something in return. One of the best acts in Shakespeare. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Jan 12
36 min
Measure for Measure: Act I
When Angelo is appointed governor, he cleans up Venice, starting with a pregnant couple. Death to the lewd! Except, Angelo sets himself a trap. One of Shakespeare’s hidden gems.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dec 29, 2023
40 min
The Comedy of Errors
Shakespeare's most confusing play? Twins, separated after a shipwreck, both named Antipholus. Their servants, also separated by shipwreck, both named Dromio. End of the pod: a one-minute Hallmark reel by Pharbeaux. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dec 8, 2023
55 min
Antony and Cleopatra
A sequel to Julius Caesar, starring two of the most immature lovers of all time. Or maybe they're mature shape-shifters? Sarah-Jane Bentley makes her case.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dec 1, 2023
1 hr
Philosophy and Shakespeare with Dr. Peter Adamson
We're joined by Dr. Peter Adamson who hosts the podcast, "The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps." Discussed: What was the most pressing philosophical question of Shakespeare’s day? Plus, we pick our favorite Shakespearean villains!  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Nov 17, 2023
1 hr 1 min
How to Become a Word-Coining Genius
William Shakespeare created over 1,700 words. This talk explores how his education helped him invent new words and will give volunteers an opportunity to construct new words. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Nov 10, 2023
1 hr 2 min
Shakespeare on Leadership
Shakespeare obsessed over kings and queens and how they ruled. What can we learn from bad kings (like Richard III) and good kings (like Henry V)? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Nov 3, 2023
39 min
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