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William Shakespeare was a man of many mysteries. Despite being the most well known author in history, historians know relatively little about Shakespeare’s personal life. There are strewn facts and unusual circumstances that cloud the playwright in mystery, from questioning the authorship of his plays and poems to his family life in Stratford-upon-Avon. However, we do know Shakespeare had one son. His name was Hamnet. Hamnet Shakespeare was born in the early months of 1585…

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  What’s your first memory of reading Hamlet? I would be willing to bet that for most people, it was struggling to understand Shakespeare’s stilted language in the context of an English class you didn’t really want to be in. Now that you’ll have the opportunity to revisit Hamlet through the dynamic and fast-paced staging of Bedlam Theatre Company at ArtsEmerson, it’s a perfect time to revisit Shakespeare’s “confusing” and “weirdly phrased” text and dive…

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When the Royal Shakespeare Company first commissioned Filter to make a creative response to Twelfth Night as a feature of the great Complete Works project that unfolded in Stratford in 2006–2007, it might have been thought insane that the rehearsal time was just ten days. But there may well have been a method in that technical madness.   Fast and foreshortened conditions for preparation of this event pitched Filter into roughly the same kind of delirium and…

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Over the years, ArtsEmerson has hosted a few focus groups to hear people’s perceptions of and desires for our programming. One frequent piece of feedback we’ve received is the request we do more traditional plays. And so consistently we have. We would like to take this production of Twelfth Night as an opportunity to look back on Shakespeare’s presence here at ArtsEmerson. From original practices to innovative new interpretations, we have seen a lot of…

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