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Out Brief Candle: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Death Scenes

Later this month (April 23, 2016), in celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Brazos Bookstore will host actors from the Houston Shakespeare Festival. They’ll present some of Shakespeare’s greatest death scenes. We hear a sampling of what they’ll perform from actors Constance Swain (as Juliet) and Josh Clark (as Romeo) in — of course […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media

Later this month (April 23, 2016), in celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Brazos Bookstore will host actors from the Houston Shakespeare Festival. They’ll present some of Shakespeare’s greatest death scenes.

We hear a sampling of what they’ll perform from actors Constance Swain (as Juliet) and Josh Clark (as Romeo) in — of course — Romeo and Juliet; Ken Hopkins and Griffin Hammel as Hotspur and Prince Hal in Henry IV Part One; and then Harry McEnerny the Fifth as the character of Bottom portraying the death of Pyramus — an actor playing an actor who’s hamming it up a bit — in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Few moments on stage are as dramatic as death scenes. But Shakespeare’s death scenes tend to kick things up another notch.

Joining us to discuss some of The Bard’s notable death scenes, and how to play them, we’re joined by three actors who are all second-year MFA students in the University of Houston’s Professional Actor Training Program: Constance Swain, Josh Clark and Harry McEnerny.

(Above: Actors from the University of Houston talk with Craig Cohen about performing Shakespeare’s many death scenes. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

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