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American Shakespeare Center Podcast Central

By American Shakespeare Center

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Blackfriars Backstage Pass A fun, informative, off-the-cuff discussion series involving American Shakespeare Center Executive Director Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen and members of the ASC acting troupe as they explore literary devices, characterization, acting and directorial choices, and more for each of the plays currently appearing on the stage of the American Shakespeare Center?s Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA. Each edition of Backstage Pass also serves as a useful and enjoyable tool for teachers and students studying Shakespeare and Renaissance drama.

Customer Reviews


I am so lucky to live near enough to this amazing place to have seen 4 plays (Much Ado, Hamlet 1st quarto, Winter's Tale and Cymbeline). The podcast is great and the live performances are even better. I can't recommend them enough. This is not stuffy Shakespeare - this is entertainment like the first audiences enjoyed. I am a teenager and Blackfriar's has single-handedly caused me to fall in love with Shakespeare. (Also Greg Phelps, but that's another story....)


Excellent for the lovers of the bard. Provides interesting insights into the world of early modern playwrights and early modern actors.

The Best

This has to be one of the best Shakespeare podcasts out there. I've been a fan of this company since it was known as the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, and to hear the actors talk about the text and the choices they've made is just fantastic. Whether or not you ever get to actually make it to the Blackfriars (and you should), listening to these podcasts is the next best thing. Kudos to the American Shakespeare Center!

American Shakespeare Center Podcast Central
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  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Language: English

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