My lady sweet, arise

By Jason Kelly '95

Forest Wallace, as Cloten, gives Shakespeare's verse a hip-hop update to woo the king's daughter Imogen. Cloten dismisses the music his attending lords play, then asks them give him a beat. Listen:

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Amusing muses

By Jason Kelly '95

Listen in as director Christy Burgess and the cast of Cymbeline find the right personal and cultural references to help them define their characters.

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By any other name

By Jason Kelly '95

Ophelia Emmons is named after the Ophelia, of Denmark, so Ophelia of Indiana’s place on the Shakespearean stage seems like a matter of destiny. She rejects any stars-aligning interpretation.

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Soggy London town

By Jason Kelly '95

Everyone has a saturation point. After a rainy walk across London’s Tower Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, facing the prospect of watching a three-hour outdoor performance, members of the Robinson Shakespeare Company approached theirs.

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Head to toe

By Jason Kelly '95

Hear how Cymbeline cast members wipe their feet to free their minds and the reason they acknowledge their toes when the show's over. 

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As herself

By Jason Kelly '95

Precious Parker needed to be persuaded. The idea of performing Shakespeare, whoever that was, did not interest her.

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In character

By Jason Kelly '95

The magazine goes behind the scenes as the actors of the England-bound Robinson Shakespeare Company grow into their roles.

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Through hoops

By Jason Kelly '95

As an actor, Forest Wallace has an "amazing unselfconsciousness about him," Robinson Shakespeare Company director Christy Burgess says. "It’s thrilling to watch."

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The choreography of love and conflict

By Jason Kelly '95

Eavesdrop as the cast of Cymbeline learns the body language of “folding in” and “verbal boxing” to depict poignant and provocative interactions between characters when emotional passion and physical tension arise in the script.

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En Route

By Jason Kelly '95

The saga of Father Edward Sorin's journey from France across the American frontier to the place called Sainte-Marie-des-Lacs.

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The life he built

By Jason Kelly '95

Many cockroaches were harmed in the making of Andy Greco’s college education. He killed 60 of them one night in a massacre that Greco ’81 assumes must still be commemorated in the cockroach community.

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Miss Christy

By Jason Kelly '95

“Costumes don’t define who we are. It’s characters.” That sounds just like something Christy Burgess would say, but she’s not within earshot. Her students are channeling her.

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Undreamed shores

By Jason Kelly '95

The 6th through 12th graders of the Robinson Shakespeare Company, part of Notre Dame’s Robinson Community Learning Center, have been invited to perform this summer in Stratford-upon-Avon and present a workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Notre Dame Magazine will report on their journey over the coming months.

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Can Nothing Save Us?

By Jason Kelly '95

The problems facing our species at this moment in history, says Roy Scranton, suggest grim passage ahead, although some kind of redemption might be possible through art and the imagination.

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What I’m Reading: Collision Low Crossers, Nicholas Dawidoff

By Jason Kelly '95

We don’t care about the assembly-line grind that produced a car, just whether or not it runs. Even though it is whether you win or lose that ultimately matters, how a football team is built provokes more curiosity than the process of tightening the bolts on a new Toyota. Author Nicholas Dawidoff helps satisfy that curiosity in Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, a book based on his total access to the 2011 New York Jets.

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The best, times two

By Jason Kelly '95

Seventy years ago this fall, a college football dynasty began that stands as one of the best ever. Andy Panelli ’77, ’83MBA would consider the qualifier superfluous. To Panelli, the son of postwar fullback John “Pep” Panelli ’49, the 1946 and 1947 Notre Dame teams remain unmatched in the history of college football.

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