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Podcasts with America's seminal directors and choreographers

Enjoy rare insights into how theatre is made with this podcast interview series produced by Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation (SDCF) and co-presented by TDF. Browse three decades of priceless one-on-one conversations and panel discussions with distinguished theatre and dance luminaries.

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Directing Shakespeare

Date: May 18, 1988


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In May of 1988, esteemed Shakespearean acting teacher Ada Brown Mather discussed the bard's work with three of its contemporary master directors: Zoe Caldwell, Gerald Freedman, and Stuart Vaughn. Mather first introduces us to the work of the panelists, and then she begins a discussion framed by the questions "why do we get so excited about how Shakespeare is directed from age to age?" In this two-hour long session the audience gains access to insights on rehearsal practices, the directorial techniques and approaches of the panelists, and the debate on the American aptitude for producing good Shakespeare. We learn that there is one idea that unites the panelists, and perhaps all great technicians of Shakespeare, and it is to try at all costs to be true to his text.