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Sweet Tea Shakespeare Cocktail Hours: STS Goes Zoom

Our people talk about the weirdness and wonder of making Zoom theatre in the time of COVID.

Welcome to the Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours, where we spend time well by spending it together. Think of the Hours as a way to pass the time around a common table of ideas. We’re a community seeking to delight in story, song, and stagecraft even as we confront a world of change and challenge.

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After Hours | Tulsa, Dogwhistles, and Hannibal

Rob and Jeremy recorded this episode after Trump’s Tulsa Rally.

They discuss the impact of a pandemic amidst the arts and local businesses, the choice of the Republican Party for Tulsa as the location for Trump’s Juneteenth Rally… and Hannibal!

Jeremy discusses how COVID has impacted North Carolina and local businesses

Rob acknowledges the predictions of the pandemic and reflects on how the government reacted

The mystifying ordeal of government propaganda in relation to entertainment programming

Rob reacts to Trump believing in conspiracy theories

What does being cautious in public spaces look like?

Trump in relation to the Sopranos

Performance metrics of the President

Implications of the choice of Tulsa for the Trump Rally in relation to Juneteenth and black history

Hannibal’s media boomlet and ways it changes the viewer

“All these people are not representing reality.”

“What’s interesting with Donald Trump is that…he’s one of the rubes!”

“It’s chum that you throw up for dumdums to eat…”

“And I thought, ‘Oooh this is icky!’”

“It moves from being human to being something else.”

“Anytime he said, ‘nobody knew’ that just meant, ‘I didn’t know.’”

“They write the story first and then they map it to reality.”

“He’s sort of shuffling with this Charlie Brown grimace.”

“Speaking of people being eaten alive!”

“[Mads Mikkelson] brings a sexiness to the part that makes it much more upsetting.”

“There is this dark sense of humor at all times.”

“I have a pretty high tolerance for pretension.”

Reference Links:

The Sopranos, Hannibal, More Tulsa Rally Info

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The show is produced by Claire Martin and Jeremy Fiebig.

Our Director of Engagement is Ashanti Bennett. Jen Pommerenke also assisted with this episode.

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Lunch Hours | Theater in the After Times with Marissa Wolf

Claire interviews Marissa Wolf, Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage, about COVID-19’s impact on theater-making and how its legacy might shape the art form in the times to come.

Marissa Wolf: https://www.pcs.org/staff/marissa-wolf

Portland Center Stage at the Armory: https://www.pcs.org/

Contact us at [email protected]

Make a monthly, sustaining pledge on Patreon to support the work of Sweet Tea Shakespeare and its artists. We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare: Patreon: patreon.com/sweetteashakes 

The show is produced by Claire Martin and Jeremy Fiebig.

Our General Manager is Ashanti Bennett. Jen Pommerenke also assisted with this episode.

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This project is supported by the Arts Council in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Shakespeare in the Digital Age: How Sweet Tea Shakespeare Builds Community in a Time of Isolation

Today, as I was recording the latest Sweet Tea Shakespeare Cocktail Hour Podcast with Claire Martin, we lamented the current lack of live (in person) theatre. Our lamenting quickly turned to celebrating, however, as we realized how fortunate we are to live in the digital age: the age of Zoom, of podcasts, and of Facebook live-streams. For many artists, both amateur and professional, we have found solace in our online rehearsals. Particularly here at Sweet Tea Shakespeare, we have built and grown our online community.

As North Carolina’s stay at home went into effect, Sweet Tea Shakespeare was gearing up to begin rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Traditionally, we begin our first rehearsal for each production with a meeting and a potluck (as one does in the south). We were saddened not to have our usual community building meet-and-greet with old and new cast members alike, but promised ourselves we’d soon be in the same room. As time went on, and it became apparent we weren’t leaving our respective homes anytime soon, we sought comfort in the community we built around a Shakespeare comedy and many Zoom calls. It became a place where we laughed, exchanged fears, and learned from one another.

As Claire and I continued to talk today, we realized we had not built just a community of comfort for ourselves, but as we engaged in this digital platform, we created a space with a level playing field. A space for creativity. A learning community where artists, teachers, designers, and technicians could gather for a common goal and learn from each other. And learn we have. We have taken our performances digital, converting full length plays into audio dramas and filmed productions. We have found ways to still engage with live audiences through live-streamed concerts and our podcast series. While nothing about the end of our 2019-2020 season was ideal, we have pushed forward and grown, I believe, as a company and as a larger community. I am grateful to have had Sweet Tea Shakespeare in my life the last several months, and hope you can say the same. If you are new to us, welcome!

Please join our community for several of our productions (digitally!) that we have coming up soon.  We hope to see you there! You can get tickets here.

Peace, Love, and Shakespeare,

Jessie Wise

Discourse Fellow

P.S. Enjoy the photo of my husband and I back when live performances were still a thing, at STS’s Macbeth!