In "Tabling" we designate a Core Four group of actors, performers and other theatrically minded individuals, one of whom acts as the 'director' for the entirety of the play. Each play will consist of an Introduction episode, and we then continue with one episode per act.
Tabling: Someone Between
Nicholas Koy Santillo is joined by Writer/Performer Chantria Tram and her Director Paula Wing, as they discuss the One-hander "Someone Between:
Tabling: The Sonnets with Devon Glover
Tabling was very honored and privileged this week to sit down with Devon Glover, aka The Sonnet Man! In addition to being a fantastic and innovative rap artist, Devon empowers and inspires young people everywhere he goes to take ownership over Shakespeare and embrace their own creativity. Among other things, we discussed his background, the Sonnets and how he developed his unique fusion of Shakespeare, Hip Hop & education.
For more info on The Sonnet Man please visit his website: http://sonnetman.com/ or check him out on Social Media under the handle @thesonnetman or @thesonnetmannyc
Devon Glover from his Hamlet music video.
Tabling: The Tempest Act V
Chasen Schneider, Levi Morger, Mitchell Kawash and Ariana Karp conclude our discussion of Act V of The Tempest.
We determined that we enjoy Act V more than Act IV.Specificity of stage directions and the overlap between ritual, theatre and religionProspero’s turn from revenge to forgiveness - when does it happen and how that affects the play?Parallels to Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus Staging choices in the modern age Physical vs. Metaphysical stormWhat happens with Antonio and Sebastian? Are they repentant? Is their silence acceptance or defiance?Is order restored at the end of the play?
William Hutt as Prospero in The Tempest.
Tabling: The Tempest Act IV
Will McKay, Chasen Schneider, Levi Morger, Mitchel Kawash & Ariana Karp puzzle through Act IV of The Tempest.
The Ben Jonson Masque put into the play - difficult to incorporate the Iris/Ceres/Juno part in a way that moves the plot forwardIris/Ceres/Juno sequence as a marriage ceremony for Miranda and FerdinandWhy is Prospero so upset about remembering Caliban’s treachery?Difficulty of the specific stage directions in the actWhat is Prospero’s confrontation with mortality caused by? Caliban’s plot? The appearance of the spirits? His daughter getting married? Achieving immortality through wordsIs Prospero concerned with legacy?Music as frightening and overwhelming as opposed to soothing and pleasantShakespeare’s use of mixed metaphors “smelt music,” "rainy marching in the painful field" & “I see a voice”Is this Shakespeare’s only play that takes place entirely outside?Shakespeare and the relationships between punctuation, breathing, rhythm and meaning
Colin Morgan as Ariel in the Globe's 2013 production.
Tabling: The Tempest Act III
Join Mitchel Kawash, Will McKay, Jen Greenwald and Ariana Karp as we discuss Act III of The Tempest!
The groups which were established in the first and second acts continue in the third act - Miranda and Ferdinand, Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo and the nobles with Ariel and Prospero flitting in and out of the scenesMiranda proposes the marriage - aligning her with other Shakespearean heroines like Rosalind and JulietMiranda being directly disobedient for the first time in the sceneMiranda’s innocence coming from ignorance as opposed to status and breedingThe clowns scene - the high level of drunkeness! Caliban and Ariel have the agendas in 3.2Is Ariel distinctive from the magic of the island? or Is Ariel the magic of the island?Is Ariel appearing as the Harpy Prospero’s ultimate plan for Alonso, Antonio and Sebastian?Is Prospero’s pursuit of power and revenge become on par with Antonio’s pursuit of political powerShakespeare and tapping in the gray area of humanitySupernatural as a manifestation of a concept
Julian Bleach as Ariel in Harpy form in the RSC's 2006 production directed by Rupert Goold.
Tabling: The Tempest Act II
Mitchel Kawash, Will McKay, Zoë Goslin and Ariana Karp discuss Act II of The Tempest.
Staging must be very, very precise in both of the scenes in this ActThe scenes make more sense in the context of staging, meaning derived from the movementAntonio and Sebastian as one focal point and Alonso & Gonzalo as the other focal pointGonzalo’s Utopia speech lifted from Montaigne’s essays“Noble Savage” idea and its undercutting within the actBringing back the ‘native’ creature from the isle for profit is an idea which occurs to four characters in the playShakespeare’s prophetic vision of colonizer and colonized The temptation of Sebastian to ambition and power by the political mastermind that is AntonioAntonio is a “modern” political creationElasticity of interpreting The TempestWhy does Prospero put all the courtiers asleep and leave Sebastian and Antonio awake? Is it a test of their characters to see if they have changed? Parallels of Prospero and Sycorax
Simon Russell Beale as Ariel and Alec McCowen as Prospero in the RSC's 1993 production.
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Insightful & entertaining
As this podcast approaches a year of installments, I can honestly say I eagerly await each new session. The cast has varied, but are invariably articulate. All are well-versed in the language of the text and of the world of theatrical production, and provide lively and energetic dissection of the characters, contexts and plot points of not only Shakespearean plays, but of a range of classical and modern scripts, and they do so with just the right dose of irreverence and humour. This is a great opportunity for both those listeners who feel somewhat adrift in the world of Shakespearean (or other classical) story-telling and are looking for a way in, or for those who love the format already, and want a peek into the minds of highly-trained classical artists for whom this is their passion. Get to know the names and voices of these young actors now, as they will certainly start becoming the recognized stars of the near future! (…and check the Tabling website for “Cold reads” available for some of the lesser known plays)
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Behind the scenes
Whether you are an aspiring actor, a lover of live theatre or just enjoy those ‘bonus features’ of movie disk, you will be fully engaged by this energized ensemble of recent LAMDA graduates as they let you behind the scenes and listen in on the process of developing a Shakespearian production. After just the first instalment I was hooked and was yearning to hear more from this lively cast. Recommend ...