King Henry IV, Part I


One thing I’ve always wondered about Shakespeare’s Henry plays is why do Hal and Falstaff like each other so much? I understand that Falstaff sees a younger version of himself in Hal, with better chances, and that maybe Hal sees Falstaff as a different kind of king, the ruler of indecent people. But their bond […]

Chimes at Midnight with Stacy Keach, Week 6


Stacy catches us up on the show’s progress, as he prepares for opening nights on Tuesday, April 15 and Friday, April 18. He also opens up about secrets of the actor’s trade, and some of his superstitions. You might be shocked. – DL

Chimes at Midnight with Stacy Keach, Week 5


In this installment, Stacy shares some memories about his performance as King Lear, and on the differences – as well as one big similarity – between Lear and Falstaff. The answers might surprise you. – DL

Chimes at Midnight with Stacy Keach, Week 4


We had our invited dress rehearsal of Part 2 last Sunday. For those of you who don’t know, putting on a repertory is a long and complicated process. First, you have to have a tech period and dress rehearsal of one show – we did that with Part 1 two weeks ago. Then you tech and build up to the dress rehearsal for Part 2. Now we go back to previews of Part 1, and we’ll open that show on April 15. That will run for three nights as we work out the kinks and then open Part 2 on April 18. Confused? So am I. I just show up and hit my mark. It’s one of the good things about being an actor.

Brief Encounter


The story of Kneehigh Theatre’s Brief Encounter, familiar to older readers and film buffs, is about a man and a woman, respectable, middle-class English folks, each married to other people, who meet in a train station. She gets a speck in her eye. He’s a doctor and takes it out. They meet again, innocently enough, begin to get to know each other, and then fall in love. Because they are so respectably British, the conundrum of what to do about their feelings consumes both of them.

Chimes at Midnight with Stacy Keach, week 3


In this installment, Stacy expounds on the actor’s craft. Specifically, his thoughts and intentions on playing the role of Falstaff. -DL Falstaff, like Richard III or Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is great fun to play. When performed in both Henrys together, however, the role is a heavy load. Part 2, in particular, is […]

Chimes at Midnight with Stacy Keach, Week 2


Welcome back to the latest installment of Stacy Keach’s blog, as he reports from the rehearsal room of HENRY IV, PARTS 1 and 2 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. In this installment, Stacy begins to delve into the role of the fat knight, Sir John Falstaff. It’s a role which, as you’ll see, brings up […]

Chimes at Midnight with Stacy Keach, Week 1


Longtime stage and screen star Stacy Keach is no stranger to the Shakespeare Theatre Company, having appeared at STC (and won three Helen Hayes awards) as Richard III, Macbeth, and King Lear. He has never before, however, had a blog. Currently in town to play the massive role of Sir John Falstaff in Henry IV, […]

Michael Kahn discloses STC’s next season, and thoughts on his succession


What can you expect to see at Shakespeare Theatre Company next season?  Plays by Shakespeare, of course.  However, you will also have a chance to see the work of Stoppard and Cervantes, Molière and Pirandello, David Ives and Alexis Piron.  (Alexis who?  I’ll explain in a moment.)

The Importance of Being Earnest

Gregory Wooddell as Jack and Patricia Conolly as Miss Prism  (Photo: Scott Suchman)

As perhaps the pinnacle of high comedy in the English language, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest should never lose its place among classic dramatic literature. Each carefully placed word and phrase works to rattle the Victorian status quo and shed light on the trivialities society placed in high regard.

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