Revolution Shakespeare

On today’s podcast, we touch base with Griffin Stanton-Ameisen, Artistic Director of Revolution Shakespeare. We recap his 2015, talk about the organizations goals and what to look forward to in 2016. Stay Tuned!



Revolution Shakespeare engages audiences in the variety and vitality of Shakespeare’s works and works inspired by Shakespeare. Through performances and educational programming, Revolution Shakespeare creates accessible, stimulating theatrical experiences for the here and now.


Griffin is a Philadelphia based actor, producer and teacher. He grew up outside of Philly in Bryn Mawr, PA. After high school, Griffin pursued a B.A. in Theatre from Temple University where he studied with Kevin Cotter, David Ingram, Dan Kern and Donna Snow. Following this, he moved out west for three years for further training at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he obtained an M.F.A. in performance under the tutelage of Robert Benedetti, Rayme Cornell, Phil Hubbard and Michael Lugering. Upon graduation he came back home to Philly to begin his acting career. Griffin has worked at The Walnut Street Theatre, Quintessence Theatre Group, Act II Playhouse, the National Constitution Center, Luna Theatre, Simpatico Theatre Project, Brat Productions, Curio Theatre, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Theatre Horizon, Playpenn, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, as well as repeatedly with The Delaware Shakespeare Festival, EgoPo Classic Theatre and The Renegade Company. As a teacher, Griffin has worked with Bristol Riverside Theatre, the Lantern Theatre, Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Theatre Horizon. For more info go to


Othello for St. Jude

Today’s podcast brings us to Temple University for a charity production of Shakespeare’s “Othello”. It’s always interesting the time traveling capability of a Shakespearean play. Find out where we will go on this journey. Stay Tuned!

Othello for St. Jude









Othello, esteemed General of the Allied Forces, thrives to live a proud, successful life with his new bride. Ensign to the General, Iago, also thrives to live a successful life, and is wiling to sacrifice morality and much more to reach his goals. This political thriller has been organized as a St.Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Special Event, all proceeds to benefit Children’s Cancer Research.

Directed and produced by:
Alex Monsell

Pay What You Can.
All Proceeds to benefit St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
St.Jude’s Event Code: FKEO58369D14


Caesar’s Tragedy

Today’s podcast features the cast of Lantern Theater’s production of “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”. I’m often reminded of that scene in Mean Girls where Gretchen talks about stabbing Caesar…yeah, this ain’t it. Did I mention what a stellar cast Lantern pulled together! Stay Tuned!



The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles McMahon
February 6 – March 16, 2014

Idealism, envy, and power politics collide as the Roman Republic reaches a crisis. Caesar’s political genius, military prowess, and overwhelming popular appeal make him the most powerful leader the Republic has ever known. But his popularity breeds suspicion among his rivals and some fear Caesar’s power will corrode the freedom of the State. Shakespeare’s vision of Rome is both epic and intimate, from powerful speeches in grand public squares to whispered conspiracies in back rooms and dark hallways. There in the shadows, unlikely alliances set up a chain of events that bring down the great Caesar and thrust Rome into a disastrous civil war. Tony Award nominee Forrest McClendon leads an all-Philadelphia cast in Shakespeare’s timeless political thriller, brought to you by “the city’s top presenter of Shakespeare’s work.” (


Let’s talk about SEX…and SHAKESPEARE!

Today’s podcast takes us to New York City with the introduction of our new contributor, Will Amato! In this podcast, we get down and dirty to explore Sex and Shakespeare. You may already be aware or this may spark your interest in digging deeper into the words on the page. Stay Tuned!


ABOUT Melinda Hall

Melinda Hall, Producer & Director and has over 20 years producing and directing experience for film and theatre. She specializes in directing and coaching Shakespeare.

The Call for Readers will open March 20, 2014 and you simply email us at that time to tell us you are interested.
Sonnets are assigned randomly. All ages are welcome.
You can read your Sonnet or perform your Sonnet however you wish. If you our list fills up, don’t worry. People drop out and we need wait list and Standby Readers. Do plan to spend the afternoon with us. Sonnets are read in numerical order. Everyone checks in one hour prior the Slam start.


Gender Bending with a Curio Lens

On today’s podcast, Melissa Amilani sat down with writer Harry Slack and Artistic Director Paul Kuhn to talk about the production of Gender Comedy: A Less Stupid Twelfth Night Gay Fantasia. Every year, there are at least two opportunities to explore Shakespeare in Philadelphia through different lenses. We are happy to bring you both with our previous sit down with Pig Iron. Stay Tuned!


Gender Comedy: 
A Less Stupid Twelfth Night 
Gay Fantasia
A World Premiere
by Harry Slack 

Admit it.  Shakespeare’s comedies are stupid.  Like Twelfth Night.  Everybody knows it needs robots.  Well, now it’s got ‘em! We have gender confusion, needlessly cruel drunks, and cyborgs.
It’s the play Queen Elizabeth I 

never wanted you to see!

Directed by Paul Kuhn
Previews: December 5, 6, 7, 12
Opening Night: December 13
Closing Night: January 4

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm on the CURIO CORNER STAGE
(48th St & Baltimore Ave)


ACTING OUT with Jared Reed

On today’s podcast, Brock Vickers catches Jared Reed, ACTING OUT in Media! Jared sat down with REP RADIO to talk about becoming MACBETH in the Hedgerow production directed by Dan Hodge and feature a cast of exceptional Philadelphia favorites! Stay Tuned!



Jared Reed is a founding member of Curio Theatre. Jared is a graduate of the Juilliard School in Drama. He has appeared Off-Broadway at The Roundabout and starred in The Woman in Black at the Minetta Lane. Some of his regional theatre credits include Seattle Repertory, McCarter Theatre, Yale Repertory, the Huntingdon, The Old Globe in San Diego. His most recent regional performance was at the Walnut Street Theatre inThe Philadelphia Story. Jared worked as lighting and sound designer for ten years at Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, PA and has also taught summer drama programs for the past ten years. He has written and directed many shows at Hedgerow Theatre and for Curio, including Great ExpectationsThe Iliad, and The Hanging.


Why is Shakespeare’s “Scottish play” the perfect autumn thriller? It has it all!  Deceit, intrigue, treachery, murder, backstabbing (literally!), plus witchcraft and ghosts give it the spooky feel that sets you on the edge of your seat.  Director Dan Hodge (of the acclaimed Philadelphia Artists Collective) is crafting a fast-moving production different than any other version you’ve seen. He’s placed it just after the First World War, full of the occult and the birth or our modern world, but still the classic tale of a man and his wife, temptation, and the  prophecies made by a trio of witches. The acclaimed Hedgerow Stage and the bare stone walls provide the perfect backdrop for a spooky, bloody, war-torn world where “something wicked this way comes.”


Same Love “Classically Devised”

Today’s podcast features Krista Apple-Hodge, Director of the Curio Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet. We love Krista and we love Curio, we can only expect the best from this imagined take. Stay Tuned, Brock Vickers, lets us in!


Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet, the adolescent daughters of two warring families, meet and fall desperately in love, starting a heartbreaking chain of events.
Same-sex casting proves
the universality of Shakespeare’s immortal
tragedy of pure, teenage love.

Directed by Krista Apple-Hodge