Friday, August 29, 2014

Hear Again is Here Again! Join us this Fall for fun!

Hello America,

Boy, it has been a while since we last talked. How are you? Good we hope!

All of us here in the Hear Again archives have been hard at work making preparations, plans and schemes to bring you one again the very best in radio entertainment. We have a busy few months ahead, and we hope you will join us.

Kill Shakespeare: Graphic Novel Live
Fri September 12 at 7pm & 10pm
Sat September 13 at 2pm, 7pm & 10pm
Co-Production with Revolution Shakespeare
For Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival

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Presented by Tiny Dynamite Season 4 info can be found here October 2, 3, 5: The Letter of Last Resort by David Greig Presented by Inis Nua Theatre Company Directed by: Claire Moyer London, England. The Prime Minister must write a letter. A letter that will be sealed in two safes in a secret submarine under the sea and only opened if London is destroyed. What on earth should she say? A Comedy. (There will be a short radio play The Archers, episode # 17176 presented by HEAR AGAIN RADIO PROJECT preceding this production).  

December The Return of the Holiday Hullabaloo- TBD Dec 20 & 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The "Immortal Bard" is Target in "Kill Shakespeare."

William Shakespeare has been known as the “Immortal Bard” but now some of his own creations are putting his “immortality” to the test.  Kill Shakespeare pits some of Will’s most memorable characters against him and each other in battle for freedom and power.  The Hear Again Radio Project is proud to join forces with Revolution Shakespeare to adapt this exciting graphic novel for the stage.  The production will combine a dramatic reading and Foley effects with the vivid images of the original book projected on a screen, a literal living comic!  This innovative style is bound to spark the imagination of both long-time Shakespeare fans as well as newcomers to his rich and colorful world.  For details visit the Fringe Box Office

Whether his characters manage to kill him or not, the idea of Shakespeare being immortal - or at least transferable from era to era- struck me while I was writing this blog.  I've seen versions of Shakespearean plays set everywhere from outer space to a corporate board room to an insane asylum.  While the concept of a graphic novel where Shakespeare’s characters interact with one another as if in an alternate realty was certainly fresh and different, the idea that the Bard could be translated to the pop-culture medium of comics seemed perfectly natural to me.  One could even argue that the medium of comics is only perfect for the grand and sweeping characterizations of Shakespeare.  Take for example these costume designs for a production of Julius Caesar design by legendary comic artist Jack Kirby!