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  1. 2.4 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Unabridged

    William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice was probably written between 1596 and 1598, and was printed with the comedies in the First Folio of 1623. Bassanio, an impoverished gentleman, uses the credit of his friend, the merchant Antonio, to borrow money from a wealthy Jew, Shylock. Antonio pledges to pay Shylock a pound of flesh if he defaults on the loan, which Bassanio will use to woo a rich heiress, Portia. A subplot concerns the elopement of Shylock's daughter Jessica with a Christian, Bassanio's friend Lorenzo. In its focus on love and marriage, the play shares certain concerns with Shakespeare's other comedies. Yet its depiction of the tensions between Jews and Christians in early modern Venice - and its highly dramatic trial scene in Act 4 - create darker currents in the play.

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    The Merchant of Venice

    2.4 hrs • 5/3/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.9 hrs • 3/15/2016 • Audio Theater

    Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 production of Pericles, Shakespeare’s first romance. This stunning work of audio theater, fully dramatized with performances by the OSF cast, is a must-listen. Pericles, Prince of Tyre, sets out to woo a princess and sails headlong into harrowing adventure. Pursued by an evil king, Pericles is blown from port to exotic port. Along the way, he finds the love of his life, then loses her and their infant daughter in a storm-tossed sea. Happily, this is a romance—Shakespeare’s first—where, in true storybook fashion, miracles reunite the lost with those who love them, bringing joy and safe harbor at last.

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    Pericles by William Shakespeare

    Pericles

    An Oregon Shakespeare Festival production
    Directed by Joseph Haj
    Performed by a full cast
    1.9 hrs • 3/15/16 • Audio Theater
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  3. 4.1 hrs • 8/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Frank Muller-hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the best reader I have ever heard” brings us back to where it all begins: the original text of Hamlet. He reads the complete work, with stage directions, bringing to it a passion and an attachment developed over sixteen years as a professional actor.

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    Hamlet

    4.1 hrs • 8/20/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.6 hrs • 8/4/2015 • Audio Theater

    This collection provides over five hours of radio dramatizations of some of the greatest literature ever written, as adapted, produced, and directed by Joe Bevilacqua. The Bear: A Classic One-Act Play by Anton Chekhov The Bear, one of the great works of Anton Chekhov, tells about the strange beginnings of love between the recently widowed Mrs. Popov and Grigory Stepanovich Smirnov. In Russian the word for “bear” has two meanings: an animal or a rather rude, clumsy, awkward man. The cast includes Cathi Tully, Bob Miller, and William Duff-Griffin. “Tobin’s Palm” by O. Henry William Sydney Porter, known by his pen name, O. Henry, was an American writer. O. Henry’s short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist endings.Waterlogg Productions will be releasing the complete works of O. Henry. “The Pace of Youth” by Stephen Crane This adaptation of Crane’s classic short story was produced with wonderful sound effects and music by veteran radio-theater producer Joe Bevilacqua, who is joined in the cast by William Melillo, Cathi Tully, Peter Cummings, and Leslie Spital. Hamlet The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is instructed to enact on his uncle Claudius, who had murdered his own brother, seized the throne, and married his deceased brother’s widow. Joe Bevilacqua produced, directed, and performed in this radio adaptation. The cast includes Margaret Dunn, William Melillo, Jay Snyder, James Cronin, William Evans, Peter Cummings, Christine Solazzi, Rick Ramos, Jayson Ternan, Phil Duffy, Mark Yablonsky, John Fernandez, Thomas Babkowski, Leslie Spital, Keith Lander, Bob O’Connor, Alan Cobb, Andrew Heil, John Alston, William Conrad, Ben Wright, John McIntire, Jannette Nolan, Sammy Hill, and Fred McKie.

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    Waterlogg Classic Literature Pack by Joe Bevilacqua

    Waterlogg Classic Literature Pack

    Adapted, produced, and directed by Joe Bevilacqua
    Stories by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Stephen Crane, and O. Henry
    5.6 hrs • 8/4/15 • Audio Theater
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  5. 4.2 hrs • 7/7/2015 • Audio Theater

    When veteran award-winning radio theater producer Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) was a student in his final semester at Kean College (now Kean University) in 1982, he designed his own course, in which he produced and directed a radio version of Hamlet. Casting Kean faculty and students, and portraying the melancholy Danish prince himself, Bevilacqua not only completed his nearly four-hour radio adaption of Shakespeare’s greatest work, he did so while carrying a double major in speech-theater-media-communication and English; producing, acting in, and sometimes writing radio plays for the WKNJ Radio Theater he founded at the college station; rehearsing and portraying Dr. Martn Dysart in Equus on the Kean Stage; and working twenty hours per week as the assistant manager of Kean’s Writing and Math Lab. After graduating summa cum laude, Bevilacqua saw his production of Hamlet picked up and distributed by the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) and aired on public radio stations nationwide. Bevilacqua went on to become one of the most prolific radio drama producers in the United States, as well as an on-camera actor in such films as The Fly Room and The Better Angels and in television shows, including portraying British General Bernard Montgomery in the History Channel’s The Wars and the head of NBC in 1931 for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The master reels of Joe Bevilacqua’s radio production of Hamlet were lost in the 1980s. On January 6, 2015, while going through some old files, Bevilacqua came across an NFCB newsletter listing a number of his radio dramas, including Hamlet. He then traced the NFCB collection to the University of Maryland Libraries, where it now resides. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is instructed to enact on his uncle Claudius. Claudius had murdered his own brother, Hamlet’s father, and subsequently seized the throne, marrying his deceased brother’s widow, Gertrude. From the NFCB newsletter: This four-hour drama is both faithful to Shakespeare and creative in presentation. The acting is of professional quality. Joe Bev highlights the play as Hamlet by using great change of pace and dynamics, articulation and believability, along with superb vocal range. After hearing a tape of the production, veteran voice-man Daws Butler (Yogi Bear) said, “It is among the best Hamlets I have ever heard.” Other highlights are the ghost’s reverb processed bass and Claudius attempting to pray after murdering the king. Tech is good, the acting is excellent. You will understand every word and get the full range of meaning (from tragic to comic) from the characters! Great use of sound effects and music! BONUS TRACK: “Another Point of View (Hamlet Revisited),” originally aired on the CBS Radio Workshop June 22, 1956. An analytical misrepresentation of Shakespeare’s greatest hero, with William Conrad (narrator, author), Ben Wright (Hamlet, author), and John McIntire.

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    The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, Joe Bevilacqua

    The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

    Adapted, produced, and directed by Joe Bevilacqua
    Performed by a full cast
    4.2 hrs • 7/7/15 • Audio Theater
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  6. 9.2 hrs • 7/1/2015 • Unabridged

    An essential guide to Shakespeare, from the international bestselling authors of Homework for Grown-Ups The Bard was so incredibly prolific that even most Shakespeare scholars would welcome the occasional refresher course, and most of the rest of us haven’t even got a clue as to what a petard actually is. Fear not, the bestselling authors of Homework for Grown-Ups are here to help. For parents keen to help with their children’s homework, casual theatergoers who want to enhance their enjoyment and understanding, and the general reader who feels they should probably know more, Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups includes information on the key works, historical context, contemporaries and influences, famous speeches and quotations, modern-day adaptations, and much more.

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    Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups by E. Foley, B. Coates

    Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups

    9.2 hrs • 7/1/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 15.2 hrs • 4/7/2015 • Unabridged

    Women of Will, a narrative combining trenchant analysis and riveting scenes, explores the themes of love, loss, freedom, control, violence, and power through the heroines of Shakespeare’s text. Drawing on her knowledge as a director, actor, and teacher, Packer traces the chronological evolution of Shakespeare’s female characters and examines Shakespeare’s own journey and growth as a writer, from feckless misogynist in his youth to committed lover in his middle years to unrepentant feminist in his final years. Based on her five-part theatrical performance of the same name (currently touring throughout the world), Women of Will, combines the knowledge of performance, discussion, and debate with the dramatic tension stemming from the influences Shakespeare responded to in his life, and from Packer’s desire to show how powerful and distinct the women characters are in his plays. From Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing to Lady Macbeth to Paulina in A Winter’s Tale and everyone in between, Women of Will gives a unique and exhilarating perspective on some of the most well-known classical texts in the English language.

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    Women of Will

    15.2 hrs • 4/7/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 2.0 hrs • 4/1/2015 • Audio Theater

    Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of The Tempest, Shakespeare’s magical romantic comedy, directed by Tony Taccone. This stunning work of audio theater, fully dramatized with performances by the OSF cast, is a must-listen. Rough magic and brave new worlds … For twelve years, the exiled Duke Prospero has waited for this moment: old enemies have sailed too close to his enchanted island, and a mighty storm has forced them ashore. Now it’s time to settle old scores and reclaim his former dukedom for his daughter, Miranda. Aided by supernatural powers, Prospero dispenses justice while overseeing the growing attraction between Miranda and the princely son of one of his foes. In Shakespeare’s romance, sorcery and love transmute vengeance into humility and humanity, making it possible for all to return to a world made new by the power of forgiveness.

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    The Tempest by William Shakespeare

    The Tempest

    Based on the 2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival production directed by Tony Taccone
    Performed by a full cast
    2.0 hrs • 4/1/15 • Audio Theater
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  9. 2.4 hrs • 2/24/2015 • Unabridged

    The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, brings Julius Caesar to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition. Shakespeare may have written Julius Caesar as the first of his plays to be performed at the Globe, in 1599. For it, he turned to a key event in Roman history: Caesar’s death at the hands of friends and fellow politicians. Renaissance writers disagreed over the assassination, seeing Brutus, a leading conspirator, as either hero or villain. Shakespeare’s play keeps this debate alive.  This new full-cast recording—based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare’s classic—expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

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    Julius Caesar

    2.4 hrs • 2/24/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 3.4 hrs • 2/24/2015 • Unabridged

    The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, brings Othello to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition. In Othello, Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona. Shakespeare builds many differences into his hero and heroine, including race, age, and cultural background. Yet most audiences believe the couple’s strong love would overcome these differences were it not for Iago, who sets out to destroy Othello. This new full-cast recording—based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare’s classic—expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

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    Richard III

    3.4 hrs • 2/24/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 3.9 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    Two leading English classical actors, Juliet Stevenson and Simon Russell Beale, open the doors to eight important Shakespeare plays, including Much Ado about Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale, Measure for Measure, and All’s Well That Ends Well. Included are newly written introductions by David Timson that have proved eminently useful for young audiences coming to Shakespeare for the first time. Explained clearly, the introductions also feature numerous excerpts from the plays themselves.

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  12. 4.0 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    In Stories from Shakespeare, we hear the stories of ten key Shakespeare plays: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Richard III, Othello, Macbeth, The Tempest, Henry V, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  David Timson presents the complex plots in a clear, entertaining, and informal style, presenting the main characters in the context of the famous lines. The stories contain important passages from the plays themselves, taken from the award-winning Naxos AudioBooks recordings.

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    Stories from Shakespeare

    4.0 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 3.9 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    Naxos Audiobooks presents the history of the Plantaganets as seen through the eyes of Shakespeare. These easy-to-understand introductions feature key speeches and scenes from the plays themselves. This is a very accessible starter for children approaching Shakespeare for the first time, as well as an invaluable aid in understanding the history of the Plantaganets from Richard II to Richard III.  This set covers: Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Henry VI parts 1, 2, and 3, and Richard III. These are read by an outstanding cast of English classical actors, and introduced by Anton Lesser.

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  14. 3.6 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    The first volume of David Timson’s series retelling of the stories from Shakespeare’s plays was widely praised by critics and educators alike. Here is volume two, with more key plays, including Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, and Henry IV. As before, the stories are illustrated by numerous examples from the plays themselves. They are read by two leading Shakespearean actors, Juliet Stevenson and Alex Jennings.

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    Stories from Shakespeare 2

    3.6 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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  15. 2.2 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    Twelfth Night, first performed around 1600, is the comic tale of separated brother and sister twins—Sebastian and Viola—and their complications in love. Twelfth Night is part of Naxos AudioBooks’ exciting new series of complete dramatizations of the works of Shakespeare, in conjunction with Cambridge University Press. This production uses the New Cambridge Shakespeare text, as used by the Royal Shakespeare Company and educational institutions across the world.

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    Twelfth Night

    2.2 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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  16. 2.1 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Audio Theater

    This collection contains historical recordings of actors from the beginning of the recording era. Included here are historical Shakespeare performances by Henry Ainley, John Barrymore, Arthur Bourchier, Lewis Casson, Johnston Forbes-Robertson, John Geilgud, and many others.

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    Great Historical Shakespeare Recordings

    Read by various narrators
    2.1 hrs • 8/21/14 • Audio Theater
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