• Actually, All of Shakespeare's Plays are About Race

    by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner

    A new collection of essays argues that Shakespeare's works helped Renaissance Europeans to invent the category of "whiteness," and for later generations to refine and contest its meaning. 

  • The Roots of the Story of "The Northman"

    Neil Price describes the work of being a historical consultant on the new Icelandic epic, including the story's common roots with "Hamlet" and the realities of Viking combat. 

  • Shakespeare Wrote His Best Works During a Plague

    by Daniel Pollack-Peltzner

    The most heartening lesson from Shakespeare’s era is that the playhouses will likely survive and reopen, again and again. What plays to perform when they do?

  • Bloody Shakespeare

    by Bruce Chadwick

    "Titus Andronicus," a creepy, blood-soaked play that is rarely staged (no wonder), opened last weekend at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey at Drew University.

  • A New Macbeth Stumbles to the Top

    by Bruce Chadwick

    This play's Lady Macbeth looks and acts more like June Cleaver from the old "Leave It to Beaver" television series. She is not plotting treason and murder, but Tuesday’s Tupperware party.