Dec 26

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Part III

Welcome back!

Today’s release is our last installment on The Two Gentlemen of Verona. In this episode, we discuss the treachery of Proteus, the trials of Valentine, the strength of Julia and the grace of Sylvia. We’re also excited to welcome Lisa Dakak and Jennifer Tofel as they take on the roles of Silvia and Julia.

We start 2013 next week with part one of The Taming of the Shrew.

Thanks for listening!

-Dani & Mike

Offensive Shadows Two Gentlemen of Verona Part III

If you’re in the Boston area, you should check out the Actor’s Shakespeare Project’s production which runs December 12, 2012 – January 6, 2013. Details on tickets for this show can be found here.

We used the BBC Films version of the play as part of our preparation. You can find the DVD on Netflix or here on Amazon.

Internet Shakespeare Editions has the first folio text of Two Gents here.

Credits

Readings by Angelo Calderone, Lisa Dakak, Gavin Fishman & Jennifer Tofel

Theme Music by Matt Rosvally

Dec 19

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Part II

Welcome back!

Today we continue with part II of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  Friendship!  Love!  Back-stabbing!   In this episode, we discuss acts II & III and treat you to another outstanding reading from Angelo Calderone. Next week, we’re excited to add two new voices to our group of readers as Lisa Dakak and Jennifer Tofel take on the parts of Silvia and Julia.

Thanks for listening!

-Dani & Mike

Offensive Shadows Two Gentlemen of Verona Part II

If you’re in the Boston area, you should check out the Actor’s Shakespeare Project’s production which runs December 12, 2012 – January 6, 2013. Details on tickets for this show can be found here.

We used the BBC Films version of the play as part of our preparation. You can find the DVD on Netflix or here on Amazon.

Internet Shakespeare Editions has the first folio text of Two Gents here.
Credits

Readings by Angelo Calderone, Lisa Dakak, Gavin Fishman & Jennifer Tofel

Theme Music by Matt Rosvally

Graphics by Christopher Knowles

Dec 15

Offensive Shadows Readings – The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus

So, now that Titus has been released into the wild, we would like to present a few little bonus features for your improved comfort and listenability (…Dani claims that “listenability” is now a word because she made it one and, since she has a Master’s in English, she can do that… Mike is dubious). Today we present to you Saturninus’s speech from The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus act IV scene iv. This reading was included in part 3 of our original Titus episodes, but we wanted to feature the work of Angelo Calderone outside of those test episodes (because, really, we wouldn’t blame you for not wanting to dig around them just to listen to his very talented voice-over acting capabilities).

In this speech, Saturninus expresses his displeasure at the aggressive acts of Titus against the Emperor’s lawful rule.

Thanks for Listening

-Dani & Mike

 

Offensive Shadows Readings Titus Act IV Scene IV – Saturninus

If you want to read any portion of the text, Internet Shakespeare Editions makes available good modern-type versions of the first folio for free. Titus is available here.

Credits

Reading by Angelo Calderone

Theme Music by Matt Rosvally

Dec 12

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Part I

Now that we’ve worked out some of the kinks, we are very pleased to welcome you, good listener, to the official debut release of Offensive Shadows!  In our first “real” series of episodes, we will be covering Shakespeare’s first(?) comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  In this episode, we introduce Two Gents and cover some of the major issues and themes which occur in Act I.

Two Gents is one of Dani’s favorite comedies and she is excited to discuss this often misunderstood “problem play”.  Mike’s pretty sure she’s nuts, but that’s par for the course at this point.  We hope that you’ll consider seeking out an opportunity to acquaint yourself with this infrequently performed show.  If you’re in the Boston area, you should check out the Actor’s Shakespeare Project’s production which runs December 12, 2012 – January 6, 2013.  Details on tickets for this show can be found here.

We used the BBC Films version of the play as part of our preparation. You can find the DVD on Netflix or here on Amazon.

Internet Shakespeare Editions has the first folio text of Two Gents here.

Offensive Shadows Two Gentlemen of Verona Part I

Thanks for listening!

-Dani & Mike

Credits

Readings by Angelo Calderone, Lisa Dakak, Gavin Fishman & Jennifer Tofel

Theme Music by Matt Rosvally

Graphics by Christopher Knowles

Dec 05

The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus Parts III and IV

Welcome back!  Here is the second wave of our preview episodes. In these final two Titus episodes we cover Acts IV and V, then discuss our final opinions of the play. As with the first set, we would like to note that the preview episodes are rough and represent our learning process rather than a satisfactory finished product. Enjoy them, love them*, but be excited for our first set of “real” episodes beginning next week.

Next week we start our regular release schedule on Wednesday with part one of Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Thanks for listening!

-Dani & Mike

 

Offensive Shadows Episode 3 Titus Part 3

Offensive Shadows Episode 4 Titus Part 4

For more on the history of Rome we recommend the excellent History of Rome Podcast by Mike Duncan.

We used the Julie Taymor version of Titus as part of our preparation for this podcast. You can find it here on Amazon or on Netflix.

If you want to read any portion of the text, Internet Shakespeare Editions makes available good modern-type versions of the first folio for free. Titus is available here.

Next on our schedule is Two Gentleman of Verona. We used the BBC Films version of the play as part of our preparation. You can find the DVD on Netflix or here on Amazon.

Internet Shakespeare Editions has the first folio text of Two Gents here.

Credits

Theme Music by Matt Rosvally

Readings by Angelo Calderone

Graphics by Christopher Knowles

* Also feel free to ridicule them. I know I did while editing the audio. – Mike

Dec 04

The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus Parts I and II

Welcome to the first release of the Offensive Shadows Podcast. Over the course of the podcast, we hope to help you on your way to Bard-lightenment. You, our listener, a smart person who might not have much previous exposure to Shakespeare or his works, will here find a valuable tool to help you become acquainted with such things.  We are a weekly podcast with a focus on accessibility and a revulsion to pretension. Welcome to the show!

We will cover each of Shakespeare’s plays in turn in (mostly) chronological order. Each series will discuss its focus play, the play’s major themes, the play’s history, what’s good and bad about it, various performances of it, what other works might have influenced it, and a plethora of fun facts about this play throughout history.

We don’t claim to be perfect. Our first release will be a batch of test episodes in which we discuss The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus. These first episodes are rough as during their creation we were working on refining our format and testing out our equipment and production methods.  We learned a lot in producing these episodes and our next batch that covers Two Gentlemen of Verona improve dramatically in quality from the lessons learned.

We hope you enjoy! Thanks for listening!

-Mike and Dani

Offensive Shadows Episode 1 Titus Part 1

Offensive Shadows Episode 2 Titus Part 2

For more on the history of Rome we recommend the excellent History of Rome Podcast by Mike Duncan.

We used the Julie Taymor version of Titus as part of our preparation for this podcast. You can find it here on Amazon or on Netflix.

If you want to read any portion of the text, Internet Shakespeare Editions makes available good modern-type versions of the first folio for free. Titus is available here.

Credits

Theme Music by Matt Rosvally

Readings by Angelo Calderone

Graphics by Christopher Knowles

 

Nov 18

Coming Soon!

Here you will find the latest and greatest episodes of Offensive Shadows.  In the coming weeks, keep an eye out for our first broadcast.  We’re starting at the beginning with Shakespeare’s first tragedy: Titus Andronicus.

-Mike and Dani

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