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Hamlet to Hamilton: Exploring Verse Drama

Hamlet to Hamilton: Exploring Verse Drama

By Turn to Flesh Productions
Hamlet to Hamilton: Exploring Verse Drama is an educational podcast from TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS: Audio Division.

Exploring old verse and new, H2H seeks to provide free education to all those looking to write, perform, or teach verse drama, as we continue to make "new Shakespeare plays" for everybody Shakespeare *didn't* write for!
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Round Table of the Round Table: Interview with Lucy Nordberg, Daniel James Roth and Emily C. A. Snyder
What was the process of writing for some of our living Arthurian playwrights?  How did they approach Lancelot and Guinevere?  Which books did they read?  What did they think of incorporating magic?  Listen to this Round Table of the Round Table, an interview with Lucy Nordberg (King Arthur 2009), Daniel James Roth (The Tragedy of Arthur 2019) and Emily C. A. Snyder (The Table Round and The Siege Perilous 2019), moderated by Colin Kovarik. Season Two we're looking at Arthur Through the Ages, looking at how  English verse playwrights took on the King Arthur myth, from 1587-2019. Show Notes and Texts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s2e14.html Support: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton
01:23:24
September 1, 2021
Poetry in Motion: The Table Round & The Siege Perilous by Emily C. A. Snyder (2019)
It's time for a spicy Lancelot and Guinevere with The Table Round and The Seige Perilous by our very own Emily C. A. Snyder, looking at the 2019 original workshop production script. Content Warning: Today's play takes seriously questions of sex and consent.  The discussion will also briefly mention sexual coercion and the after effects of incest in the context of the Arthurian myth. Season Two we're looking at Arthur Through the Ages, looking at how  English verse playwrights took on the King Arthur myth, from 1587-2019. Show Notes and Texts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s2e13.html Support: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton
01:34:33
August 18, 2021
The First Folio in the 21st Century: Daniel James Roth's "The Tragedy of King Arthur" (2019)
We've got an extra special episode with guest actors and the playwright himself as we take a look at The Tragedy of King Arthur (2019) by Daniel James Roth. Season Two we're looking at Arthur Through the Ages, looking at how  English verse playwrights took on the King Arthur myth, from 1587-2019. Show Notes and Texts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s2e12.html Support: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton
01:22:30
August 4, 2021
A Philosphical "King Arthur" by Lucy Nordberg (2009)
We're looking at Lucy Nordberg's "King Arthur" from 2009, today - a philosophical and political take on the myth! Season Two we're looking at Arthur Through the Ages, looking at how  English verse playwrights took on the King Arthur myth, from 1587-2019. Show Notes and Texts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s2e11.html Learn More: https://movingpicturestheatre.com/king-arthur/
01:08:52
July 14, 2021
New Arthur, New Millennia
We're finally in the 2000's with verse drama King Arthur plays!  First, we'll take a quick look at how everyone kept "reviving verse drama" in the 1900's (or did they) before reading Lancelot and Guinevere in Matthew Freeman's The Death of Arthur (2001). Season Two we're looking at Arthur Through the Ages, looking at how  English verse playwrights took on the King Arthur myth, from 1587-2019. Show Notes and Texts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s2e10.html
58:44
June 30, 2021
King Arthur and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Play
Sometimes we learn best by learning from other people's mistakes.  Such is the case of Stark Young's 1906 verse play, Guenevere: A Play in Five Acts.  (Don't worry, Young went on to have a very good career in books and film.  Just...not so much verse drama.) Need to refresh yourself on why line endings matter?  Check out: Whose Line Ending Is It Anyway from Season One. As an extra special bonus, we'll be dropping the Zoom video for the Melodrama episode for our patrons on Patreon.  To join, visit http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton.com Season Two we're looking at Arthur Through the Ages, looking at how  English verse playwrights took on the King Arthur myth, from 1587-2019. Show Notes and Texts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s2e9.html
58:19
June 16, 2021
Gilbert and Sullivan Do King Arthur...Kinda
Did you know Gilbert and Sullivan wrote a King Arthur play?  Well, okay, that Sir Arthur Sullivan provided music for a King Arthur play in new verse, which was such a hit that it toured the UK and the US? And did you know that it was only one of three plays either performed or published in 1895?  We did!  Today, we take a look at King Arthur: A Drama in a Prologue and Four Acts, with verse by J. Comyns Carr and music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, as well as Mordred: A Tragedy by Henry Newbolt. As an extra special bonus, we'll be dropping the Zoom video for the Melodrama episode for our patrons on Patreon.  To join, visit http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton.com Season Two we're looking at Arthur Through the Ages, looking at how  English verse playwrights took on the King Arthur myth, from 1587-2019. Show Notes and Texts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s2e8.html
01:06:40
June 2, 2021
Melodrama!
Get ready to swoon in every single scene, because we're focusing on our first Canadian playwright, William Wilfred Campbell's melodramatic Mordred: A Tragedy in Five Acts.  We're jumping out of windows, we're stealing armor, we're mistaking our identities, and choosing our romantic partners by way of dibs.  Start twirling your moustache and enjoy the melodrama! As an extra special bonus, we'll be dropping the Zoom video for this episode for our patrons on Patreon.  To join, visit http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton.com Season Two we're looking at Arthur Through the Ages, looking at how  English verse playwrights took on the King Arthur myth, from 1587-2019. Show Notes and Texts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s2e7.html
01:02:21
May 19, 2021
More Hovey, More Honey (Patreon Exclusive)
Nick, Colin and Emily are taking a look at Richard Hovey's The Birth of Galahad, a sequel verse play to his brilliant The Marriage of Guenevere.  Can Hovey write his characters consistently?  How has his writing changed from his early poetry to his later life?  What does this have to do with Shakespeare?  And what modern verse play did Emily hate read? All this and more, exclusively for H2H patrons.  Join today at any level to gain access! Texts available at https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s2e6.html.
03:01
May 12, 2021
Empowering Guinevere
It's time to look at Emily's favorite new author!  Richard Hovey's The Tragedy of Guenevere - as well as the Gilbert and Sullivan-esque The New King Arthur: An Opera Without Music by Edgar Fawcett. Season Two we're looking at Arthur Through the Ages, looking at how English verse playwrights took on the King Arthur myth, from 1587-2019. Episode Guide: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/episodeguide.html Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton.com
01:26:43
May 5, 2021
Defenestrating Lancelot!
It's time to dive in to Lancelot and Guinevere scenes with Reithmuller's The Misfortunes of Arthur and Akhurst's Burlesque Extravaganza!  We've got the noble knight jumping out of casements and dishing out puns as we continue looking at Arthur Through the Ages. Season Two we're looking at Arthur Through the Ages, looking at how English verse playwrights took on the King Arthur myth, from 1587-2019. Episode Guide: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/episodeguide.html Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton.com
01:10:15
April 21, 2021
BONUS: Interview with Dr. Kasia Lech
It's time to talk international verse drama with none other than Dr. Kasia Lech! Her new book, Dramaturgy of Form: Performing Verse in Contemporary Theatre looks at new fusions of verse drama, hiphop, slam poetry, multilingual artists and more. H2H LISTENERS: Use the code FLY21 for a discount code when you buy the book today! Learn more at: hamlettohamilton.com Follow Dr. Kasia Lech on Twitter
01:17:05
April 7, 2021
Burlesque & Verse Drama: Henry Fielding's "Tom Thumb the Great"
We're looking at the overlap of burlesque and verse drama, with not one - not two - but FOUR iterations of Henry Fielding's Tom Thumb the Great.  From the original publishing of the fairy tale, through to Fielding's two rewrites of his play, to the burlesques (verse musical comedies) that were derived from the same.  Phew! Season Two we're looking at Arthur Through the Ages, looking at how English verse playwrights took on the King Arthur myth, from 1587-2019. Episode Guide: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/episodeguide.html Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton.com
01:46:13
March 24, 2021
Verse Drama Meets Opera: John Dryden's "The British Worthy"
Today we're looking at a truly interesting and pivotal moment in the development of verse drama as we know it, as we delve into the origins of the verse "opera," with John Dryden's King Arthur, Or The British Worthy. Show Notes: http://www.hamlettohamilton.com Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton
01:08:40
March 10, 2021
BONUS: Interview with Becca Musser
Before we jump back into Arthur's world, we want to give you this interview with playwright Becca Musser!  Becca is an actor-combatant, playwright, opera singer, and so much more.  Their new Cassandra-inspired play was featured in several of the "Tool Boudoir" episodes from Season One, and Becca's here today talking about how music and movement influences their writing in verse. Please note: This interview was recorded in the winter of 2020. Learn more about Becca: https://www.instagram.com/platypusinspace/ Photo: Becca Musser and Laurel Andersen in a scene from The Lifted Instants Before the Fall: A Tale of Troy. TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS 2019 gala.  Photo courtesy of Lisa LaGrande. Referencing:  “In the Forest She Grew Fangs” by Stephen Spotswood on NPX: https://newplayexchange.org/plays/1299/forest-she-grew-fang Spit and Vigor Theatre: https://www.spitnvigor.com/* BOOK: “What We See When We Read” by Peter Mendelsund Colin’s Published Poems: https://macrinamagazine.com/issue-6-general/guest/2021/01/30/visitation-thank-you-note-how-what-if-love/
01:31:09
February 24, 2021
The Earliest King Arthur: Thomas Hughes' "Misfortunes"
Welcome to Season Two: "Arthur Through the Ages," where we'll be looking through King Arthur-inspired English language verse plays from 1587-2019.  Welcome season cohosts, Nick Ritacco and Colin Kovarik, as we jump into our first play, The Misfortunes of Arthur by Sir Thomas Hughes, written in 1587. ACCESS SHOW NOTES to texts, links, and full transcripts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/shownotes.html FULL PLAY: https://d.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/text/hughes-misfortunes-of-arthur PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton JOIN THE CONVERSATION Facebook @hamlettohamilton Twitter @hamlet2hamilton #HamlettoHamilton #H2H
59:19
February 10, 2021
Silences, Spacing, Stage Directions & Shared Lines
We're finishing our survey of the Tool Boudoir with a look at silences, spacing, stage directions and shared lines, as we come to the end of Season One of Hamlet to Hamilton! Featuring verse from: Hamlet and King John by William Shakespeare, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, The Lifted Instants Before the Fall by Becca Musser, The Other, Other Woman, Cupid and Psyche, and The Siege Perilous by Emily C. A. Snyder ACCESS SHOW NOTES to texts, links, and full transcripts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/ PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton JOIN THE CONVERSATION Facebook @hamlettohamilton Twitter @hamlet2hamilton #HamlettoHamilton #H2H
02:08:20
January 27, 2021
The Rules of Emotive Formatting
HOW do you use spelling, typography, punctuation, and spacing to imply cadence? Don't worry. It's sooooooooooooo easy. This week we look at the rules of emotive formatting: rules that are available not only to verse playwrights, but to anyone who's writing anything! Featuring verse from: "may i feel said he" by e. e. cumming ACCESS SHOW NOTES to texts, links, and full transcripts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/ PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton JOIN THE CONVERSATION Facebook @hamlettohamilton Twitter @hamlet2hamilton #HamlettoHamilton #H2H
01:43:22
January 13, 2021
First Folio and Emotive Formatting
It's time to talk Emotive Formatting (part of the Tool Boudoir), starting with Shakespeare's First Folio!  And who better to help us out, than our own  Esther Williamson, speaking about how punctuation can completely alter  the clarity of a moment of a play. Featuring verse from: Henry IV and The Tempest (William Shakespeare) Featuring the voices of: Esther Williamson Learn more about Esther's masterclass on Macbeth ACCESS SHOW NOTES to texts, links, and full transcripts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s1e8.html PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton JOIN THE CONVERSATION Facebook @hamlettohamilton Twitter @hamlet2hamilton #HamlettoHamilton #H2H
01:20:55
December 30, 2020
What's My Line (Ending)?
What happens when you get a bunch of actors to try out some end-stopped and open-ended lines?  This episode, obviously! So often, we rely on the magic of actors to fix our verse drama, that it's time to let the actors give their honest opinion about what they need from a line of verse. Looking at King Arthur verse from 1587 to the 2008 Cupid and Psyche "Bad Quarto", we're moving gently and with laughter through the good, the bad, and the unactable in verse drama. Featuring verse from: The Misfortunes of Arthur (Sir Thomas Hughes), and Cupid and Psyche (Emily C. A. Snyder) Featuring the voices of: Andrew Barrett Nick Ritacco Evan Sachs Vanessa Wendt As promised, the 2008 "Bad Quarto" and the 2014 NYC Revision of Cupid and Psyche are available for $15+ patrons.  Check it out! BAD QUARTO: https://www.patreon.com/posts/45167460 BUY ON AMAZON: https://amzn.to/34of6ra ~*~ ACCESS SHOW NOTES to texts, links, and full transcripts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s1e7.html PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton JOIN THE CONVERSATION Facebook @hamlettohamilton Twitter @hamlet2hamilton #HamlettoHamilton #H2H
01:37:07
December 16, 2020
A Very Special Announcement...
Hamlet to Hamilton is moving to a biweekly (every other week) schedule, so that we can give you the best quality work, and to give you time to catch up on previous episodes. Don't forget, you can get transcripts, texts, resources and more on our website or connect to us on social media #hamlettohamilton. Join the community by becoming a Patreon supporter. See you next week!
01:12
December 9, 2020
Whose Line (Ending) Is It Anyway?
It's time to talk LINE BREAKS! From John Barton to Kristin Linklater, from Romeo and Juliet to The Winter's Tale, we're looking at how line endings work, how to act them...and that perennial question:  To enjamb or not to enjamb? Featuring verse from: Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter's Tale (William Shakespeare), The Mother of God Visits Hell (Daniel Guyton), In Flight (Jenny Lyn Bader), The Lifted Instants Before the Fall: A Tale of Troy (Becca Musser), Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and "The Hollow Men" (T. S. Eliot), with reference to Travesties (Tom Stoppard) and The Second Shepherd's Play (The Wakefield Master) Featuring text from: Freeing Shakespeare's Voice (Kristen Linklater), John Hadden on line-beginnings (thanks to The Shakespeare Forum), Modern Hamlets & Their Soliloquies (Mary Z. Maher), Playing Shakespeare (John Barton) ACCESS SHOW NOTES to texts, links, and full transcripts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s1e6.html PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton JOIN THE CONVERSATION Facebook @hamlettohamilton Twitter @hamlet2hamilton #HamlettoHamilton #H2H
01:43:34
December 2, 2020
So You Think You Know Scansion?
It's time to explore our Tool Boudoir: that is, all the tools used on a line of verse.  First up?  Scansion, meter, and foot...BUT(!) not as you think you know them.  Introducing repeated, sprung, juxtaposed, and free meter - and how each of them work to help tell your story in verse. Featuring verse from: Richard II (William Shakespeare), The Second Shepherd's Play (The Wakefield Master), The Mother of God Visits Hell (Daniel Guyton), The Other, Other Woman (Emily C. A. Snyder), The Table Round (Emily C. A. Snyder), and Murder in the Cathedral (T. S. Eliot) ACCESS SHOW NOTES to texts, links, and full transcripts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s1e5.html PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton JOIN THE CONVERSATION Facebook @hamlettohamilton Twitter @hamlet2hamilton #HamlettoHamilton #H2H
01:45:54
November 18, 2020
Heresy!
HERESY!  Our podcast is on trial for claiming that there are no such things as feminine line endings, iambic pentameter is boring and we'll prove it, and worst of all...Shakespeare doesn't matter. Featuring verse from: Measure for Measure (William Shakespeare), The Mother of God Visits Hell (Daniel Guyton) Content Warning: Frank discussion of gender politics, the use of the word "queer" as an adjective (not a pejorative), mention of rape (in context of Measure for Measure) ACCESS SHOW NOTES to texts, links, and full transcripts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s1e4.html PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton JOIN THE CONVERSATION Facebook @hamlettohamilton Twitter @hamlet2hamilton #HamlettoHamilton #H2H
01:37:32
November 11, 2020
BAR(D) TALK: Colin & Emily (October 2020)
What do you do after a show? Go to the pub! In this bonus episode, H2H creators Colin and Emily talk about how the show came to be, networking as an introvert, that one time Emily directed 425 kids in The Wizard of Oz, the virtue of cross country trips, and much more. PLEASE NOTE: Bar(d) Talk episodes do include swears, but are rather light on drinks.  Bring your own beverage. ALSO: Yes, the swears were in trochaic tetrameter, not in iambs.  We apologize to all scansionites, as it will invariably happen again. ACCESS SHOW NOTES to texts, links, and full transcripts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/ PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton JOIN THE CONVERSATION Facebook @hamlettohamilton Twitter @hamlet2hamilton #HamlettoHamilton #H2H
01:00:25
November 4, 2020
BONUS: Interview with Deb Victoroff
We're sitting down with Deb Victoroff, the author of the very timely The Tragedy of the Election of the Citrus King.  (PLEASE NOTE: This episode contains very light spoilers for Citrus King.) Citrus King also referenced in Episode 1: Defining Verse Drama and Episode 3: Schwumpf, There It Is Citrus King available to read and request performance rights on New Play Exchange ACCESS SHOW NOTES to texts, links, and full transcripts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/ PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton BONUS EPISODE: Available early to all $10+ patrons https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/bardtalk1.html JOIN THE CONVERSATION Facebook @hamlettohamilton Twitter @hamlet2hamilton #HamlettoHamilton #H2H
55:41
October 28, 2020
Schwumpf, There It Is
What is "Schwumpf?"  Well, it's about making connections.  It's about  bringing ideas, feelings, emotions, facts, heresies, and so much more  together on a single line of verse. So sit back, grab some tea, pet a cat, and join us as we learn a bit about the philosophy of what verse drama does really, really well. Featuring verse from: Hamlet (William Shakespeare), The Tragedy of the Election of the Citrus King (Deb Victoroff) ACCESS SHOW NOTES to texts, links, and full transcripts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s1e3.html PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton BONUS EPISODE: Available early to all $10+ patrons https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/bardtalk1.html  JOIN THE CONVERSATION Facebook @hamlettohamilton Twitter @hamlet2hamilton #HamlettoHamilton #H2H
01:40:38
October 21, 2020
BAR(D) TALK: Sneak Peek
Psssst.  Did you know that Hamlet to Hamilton does monthly bonus episodes for our patrons?  Did you know there's one available NOW? Join H2H creators Colin and Emily in their virtual pub, as they talk about how the show came to be, networking as an introvert (Colin's tip: do your homework first and hang out by the pizza), that one time Emily directed 425 kids in The Wizard of Oz, why you should take a cross country trip, and so much more.  AVAILABLE TO $10 PATRONS NOW: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton
03:29
October 17, 2020
Content Dictates Form
Why is Hamilton the superior musical to 1776?  What makes Heathers soar, while Mean Girls is just okay?  Why are we talking so much about musicals, when we should be talking about verse? Because the question we're answering today is: When should we be writing in verse?  Well, we'll take our cue from Uncle Stephen Sondheim, who told us quite succinctly: CONTENT DICTATES FORM. Light Spoilers for: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Community, Heathers, Mean Girls, Les Miserables, Hamilton Featuring verse from: Hamlet (William Shakespeare), Merry Widows of Windsor (Emily C. A. Snyder), Go to Ground (Stuart Spencer) ACCESS SHOW NOTES to texts, links, and full transcripts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s1e2.html PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton BONUS EPISODE: Available early to all $10+ patrons https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/bardtalk1.html JOIN THE CONVERSATION Facebook @hamlettohamilton Twitter @hamlet2hamilton #HamlettoHamilton #H2H
01:26:29
October 14, 2020
Defining Verse Drama
Soooo...what is "verse drama" anyway?  Just a bunch of poetry?  Skulls and doublets and hose, oh my?  Or something else? Season One kicks off with definitions of verse vs. prose drama, examining Hamlet, Hamilton...and our first mystery playwright! ACCESS SHOW NOTES to texts, links, and full transcripts: https://www.hamlettohamilton.com/s1e1.html PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/hamlettohamilton JOIN THE CONVERSATION Facebook @hamlettohamilton Twitter @hamlet2hamilton #HamlettoHamilton #H2H
01:13:24
October 7, 2020
Hamlet to Hamilton: Trailer
Welcome to Hamlet to Hamilton: Exploring Verse Drama! H2H is a weekly podcast, dropping every Wednesday, wherein we'll be exploring how to write and perform verse drama - from Shakespeare to your own voice in verse, and beyond! H2H is a special project of Turn to Flesh Productions: Audio Division.  TTF is a theatre company in New York City that develops new plays in heightened text with vibrant roles for womxn and those underrepresented in classical art.  So, basically, we create "new Shakespeare plays" for everyone Shakespeare didn't write for! Learn More Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Patreon
05:25
September 30, 2020