Mysteries of the First Folio
Episode 7 with Katherine Chiljan

January 27, 2013

https://media.blubrry.com/the_shakespeare_underground/archive.org/download/TSU07_MysteriesOfFirstFolio/TSU_07_Mysteries_of_First_Folio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The First Folio has been called “incomparably the most important work in the English language.” First Folios are among the most prized books in the world. The 230 or so surviving copies are treasured for their age and rarity, but mostly for their close association to the world…


The Comedy of Othello: Commedia dell’Arte and Shakespeare the Genre-Bender
Episode 5 with Richard Whalen

September 3, 2012

Does Shakespeare’s bleak tragedy of jealousy and betrayal have roots in Commedia dell’Arte? Richard Whalen, co-editor of the Oxfordian edition of Othello, reveals the play’s surprising comic underpinnings, and addresses the mystery of Shakespeare’s knowledge of Italian comedy. How did Shakespeare come to be so deeply influenced by a style of theater that was not performed in England during his most active writing years?