I recently turned in a research paper on a repeated embedded stage direction in Richard II and I thought would include it here so that you can see what I am working on.
Here are photos of the Wilton Diptych that Richard II had commissioned and I mention in my paper:
Yesterday a young woman prospective student came to sit in on our class and see seemed so amazed an excited by what we were doing. It made me think about what a unique and wonderful program this is and reminded me how excited I was when I first got here. It is easy to forget during finals, but this place is a wonderful sanctuary for Shakespeare geeks. You get to be in a community where everyone understands what you are talking about and no one misunderstand what "wherefore" means. As a SAP student you get to go to performances and rehearsals at the American Shakespeare Center for free, and you can go as many times as you like. You get to work with and learn from famous Shakespeare and Marlow scholars who have brilliant insights to share; and you find yourself challenged in a good way, learning and growing more than you thought possible. Staunton (where Mary Baldwin, the SAP program, and the ASC are located) is also a lovely little artistic town nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, surrounded by beautiful mountains everywhere you look, and if you grew up on the Plains as I did your legs will get very toned.
Nora Manca Wickman was the founding Artistic Director of Storefront Shakespeare and has a MFA and MLitt in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA
Blogs I recommend:
Emma Wallace's Music
A Cat of Impossible Color
Ooo She Bop
Havoc The Cat