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Silicon Valley Shakespeare is innovating, illuminating, and inspiring with a mix of exclusive performances, behind-the-scenes interviews, and an exploration into the weird and wonderful world of William Shakespeare.
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Episode 7: Music to My Ears


Episode 24: Jane Austen
Bard Talk “The World of Jane Austen” What was it like to be a woman in Regency England? What does the right of primogeniture even mean?!? Dive into the world of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility with SVS Dramaturg Doll Piccotto to answer these questions and more. Reference material: 1. An Analysis of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Schatzie Speaks, Owlcation Online, June 19, 2018 2. Sense and Sensibility Analysis--Elinor and Marianne, Close Reading with Dr. Octavia Cox, YouTube, May 15, 2020.
May 14, 2022
Episode 23: Measure for Measure Director Interview
Production Manager, Tonya Mara, sits down and discusses SVS's upcoming Sanborn production of Measure for Measure with show's director, Doll Piccotto.  This episode does contain mention of sexual assault so listener discretion is advised.
March 26, 2022
Episode 22: LGBTQ+ in Shakespeare
SVS' 2022 live season starts with a LGBTQ+ version of Romeo & Juliet. To help us kickstart our season, SVS Artistic Director, Angie Higgins, sits down with company Dramaturg, Doll Piccotto, to discuss the history of R&J and LGBTQ+ in Shakespeare. 
February 19, 2022
Episode 21: Audition Tips for Actors
SVS Production Manager, Tonya Mara, sits down with Ivette Deltoro (Casting Assistant for City Lights Theater Company), Sara Dean (Executive Artistic Director for South Bay Musical Theatre), and Melinda Marks (Free lance director/artist in the Bay Area) to discuss helpful tips and tricks for actors when going back in to the audition room. 
January 22, 2022
Episode 20: Interview with Audacity Performing Arts Project
SVS Artistic Director, Angie Higgins, sits down with company founder, Louis Stone-Collonge, and executive director, Rosalind Sanchez, to chat about the importance of inclusion-based theatre productions, artistic programming, and quality arts education.  
December 18, 2021
Episode 19: Flipping the Script
SVS is “flipping the script” and presenting gender-swapped performances of Shakespearean monologues. Featuring pieces from Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Othello and more, this episode will have you seeing these characters in a new light.
November 27, 2021
Episode 18: Bard Talk - Shakespeare's Ghosts
Just in time for Halloween, SVS Resident Dramaturg Doll Piccotto gives a spooky new Bard Talk all about ghosts in Shakespeare’s plays. From Richard III to Macbeth, Julius Caesar to Hamlet, ghosts play a significant roles in some of Shakespeare’s most iconic works. Learn about how ghosts were perceived during the Elizabethan Era, and how beliefs during that time molded the way Shakespeare included ghosts as characters in his plays.
October 30, 2021
Bard Audio Play 3: RICHARD III
Silicon Valley Shakespeare presents Richard III, our final summer Bard audio play. Directed by Doll Piccotto with sound design & editing by Ryan Lee Short, this riveting production follows one of Shakespeare’s (and history’s) most devious, manipulative villains in his pursuit of the crown. Hear the tale as you’ve never heard it before—as a 1940’s radio drama, complete with era-inspired commercials. CAST Richard III… LaMont Ridgell Buckingham… David Boyll Queen Margaret, others… Valerie Façhman Lady Anne, others… Sarah Benjamin Richmond, others… Kyle Dayrit Clarence, others… Muse Lee Queen Elizabeth, others… Sarah Lee Edward, others… Tom Shamrell Duchess of York, others… Cynthia Lagodzinski
August 28, 2021
Silicon Valley Shakespeare presents The Comedy of Errors, our second summer Bard audio play. Directed by Angie Higgins with sound design & editing by Phil Surtees, this hilarious farce of mistaken identity follows two sets of identical twins who were separated from each other years before but now find themselves in the same city. It will have you reeling with laughter! CAST Antipholus of Syracus & Ephesus… Tom Gough Dromio of Syracus & Ephesus… Evelyn Huynh Adriana… Regina Kohl Luciana, Second Merchant… Nicole Javier Egeon, Officer… Kyle Smith Emelia, First Merchant… Josie Burgin Lawson Courtesan, Balthazar… Ambera DeLash Duke Solinus, Angelo, Servant… James Eric Lucas
July 31, 2021
Silicon Valley Shakespeare presents Titus Andronicus, the first in our summer Bard audio plays series. Directed by Tonya Mara with sound design, music & editing by Charlie Hoyt, this chilling tale begins when Roman general Titus Andronicus returns from war with four prisoners. What follows is a series of murders, retaliation and revenge. CAST Titus… Evan Darwin Winet Tamora… Lucy Littlewood Saturnius… Arthur Scappaticci Marcus… Sarah Thermond Lucius/Martius… Melinda Marks Lavinia/Aemilius… Stephanie Whigham Bassianus/Publius… Andre Leben Chiron/Quintus… Arturo Dirzo Demetrius/Mutius… Alan Coyne
July 03, 2021
Episode 17: Interview with EnActe Arts
SVS Marketing Director Laura Domingo sits down with EnActe Arts Artistic Director Vinita Sud Belani and Director of Education Vijay M. Rajan. They discuss how the Silicon Valley theatre company and arts organization is on a mission to be a talent incubator and to tell South Asian stories with universal appeal.
June 12, 2021
Episode 16: Bard Talk: The Merchant of Venice
Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s Resident Dramaturg Doll Piccotto talks about how the social and political structures of 16th century Venice—including the restrictions placed on Jewish residents—made the city one of the only places where the story of The Merchant of Venice could be set.
May 29, 2021
Episode 12 - Playwrights in Quarantine
Local playwright, Ross Harkness, sits down with other Bay Area writers to discuss what it's been like as a playwright during quarantine in our latest episode of ShakesPod
May 25, 2021
Episode 15: Interview with Annalisa Tkacheff
SVS Artistic Director Angie Higgins sits down with our new Executive Director, Annalisa Tkacheff. Hear all about Annalisa's journey to Silicon Valley Shakespeare, her own personal history with the Bard, and her vision for the company's future.
May 16, 2021
Episode 14 - Ira Aldridge
SVS Resident Dramaturg Doll Picotto explores the complex history of race in Shakespeare performance, including the lens in which we view his works, and the life of Ira Aldridge, the first Black Shakespearean actor.
April 23, 2021
Episode 13 - Interview with College of Adaptive Arts
SVS sits down with the professors from the College of Adaptive Arts, a non-profit in San Jose that's paving a new path for adults with special needs, to chat about why art and accessibility is important for everyone. 
April 10, 2021
Episode 11: Bard Talk; The Politics of Julius Caesar
SVS dramaturge, Doll Piccotto, give us an in depth look at the Politics of Julius Caesar, just in time for the Ides of March!
March 06, 2021
Episode 10: Love is Love, Part II
Our "Love is Love" series continues as SVS Production Manager Tonya Duncan sits down with Bay Area artists and members of the LGBTQ+ community Larry Barrott, Kein Heath, and Marley Teter to discuss LGBTQ+ representation on the stage.
February 20, 2021
Episode 9: Love is Love
“I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.” (Much Ado About Nothing, Act IV, Scene i) SVS Production Manager Tonya Duncan sits down with Erika Cisnernos, Outreach Coordinator for the LGBTQ Youth Space, to discuss their work within the LGBTQ+ community. A San José-based non-profit, the LGBTQ Youth Space provides mental health programs and community support for LGBTQ, questioning, and ally youth and young adults. 
February 06, 2021
Episode 8: Music to My Ears, Part 2
We continue our journey through the sounds of Shakespeare next Saturday with part two of ShakesPod’s "Music to My Ears." SVS Actor and Photographer Christian Pizzirani sits down with some of the Bay Area’s favorite sound designers — Charlie Hoyt, Phil Surtees, and George Psarras — to talk about the behind-the-scenes world of sound design and composition.
January 23, 2021
Episode 7: Music to My Ears
SVS Production Manager Tonya Duncan sits down with some of the Bay Area’s top musical theatre aficionados to chat about musicals inspired by Shakespeare. Featuring SVS Executive Director (and musical theatre director) Doug Brook, director and vocal director Diane Milo, and director and SVS stage veteran Walter Mayes, our guests gab about your favorite Shakespeare-inspired musical, and some hidden Broadway gems you might not know about.
January 09, 2021
Episode 6: SVS Gives Back
It's the season of giving! For this special episode, we've decided to highlight another organization that speaks to our motto: to innovate, illuminate, and inspire. SVS veteran Evelyn Huynh (last seen on stage in her award-winning performance as Greenie in The White Snake) sits down with Red Ladder Theatre Company Director Karen Altree Piemme, and Actor/Facilitator Tasi Alabastro, to discuss their work with the nationally acclaimed, award-winning social justice theatre company.
December 12, 2020
Episode 5: “Nasty Women” get it done!, Part II
It’s the second half of ShakesPod’s Nasty Women series, featuring the behind-the-scenes stories from the ultimate lady bosses of theatre, our panel of female stage managers. This week, ShakesPod shines a spotlight on the ladies who defy convention. Hosted by SVS Production Manager Tonya Duncan, and featuring Bay Area stage managers Chrissie Schwanhausser, Michelle Singh, and Alexandra Maisonneuve Teixeira, this episode is an inside look at the empowered women of our daily lives.
November 21, 2020
Episode 4: “Nasty Women” get it done!
ShakesPod shines a spotlight on the ladies who defy convention. We’re diving into the history of women in theatre with SVS dramaturg Doll Piccoto and featuring some of the most talented female-identifying and non-binary actors as they tackle traditionally male Shakespearean monologues. Featuring pieces from Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and other iconic Shakespearean monologues, this episode is a battle cry for Nasty Women.
November 07, 2020
Episode 3: Magic and Mischief
In this episode, SVS is getting into the Halloween spirit! This frighteningly funny Halloween special is hosted by the creepiest couple on the block, Ms. Tamora and Titus (Doll Piccotto and James Lucas). Join our devilishly delightful hosts as they interview the infamous witches of Macbeth.
October 31, 2020
Bonus Episode: An Interview with Aldo Billingslea
We sat down with Bay Area theatre veteran Aldo Billingslea to chat about his work with The Black Theatre Fund, which supports the development and production of Black Theatre across the United States. Learn more about the fund and donate here. Learn more about Aldo's production of Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids here.  Hosted by SVS Managing Director Annalisa Tkacheff
October 24, 2020
Bard Talk: History of Macbeth
Our premiere episode, “Bard Talk: History of Macbeth,” dives into the horrific hidden history of Macbeth and features special performances by 2019’s Macbeth Theatre Bay Area Award Finalist Witches (Drew B. Jones, Sarah Thermond, and Sara Razavi) and Porter (Keenan Flagg).
October 20, 2020