Shakespeare is everywhere in America, including musicals, festivals, television, and the movies. The documentary explores how American Shakespeare has been shaped by the American experience. From the young nation's earliest days, when an "American" acting style first took shape, to the influence of African-Americans on Shakespeare on stage, to method acting, to Hollywood, America and Americans-actors, directors, and audiences-have made Shakespeare our own.
"Shakespeare in American Life", one of the Exhibitions at the Folger opened March 8, 2007 and closed on August 18 2007. In celebration of the Folger Library's 75th Anniversary, a radio documentary, "Shakespeare in American Life" aired on Public Radio International (PRI) stations beginning in April 2007. This Folger production of three one-hour shows, narrated by Sam Waterston and created by producer Richard Paul explores the English language's most important playwright and his influence on American performance, politics, and popular culture. It was also part of "The Wonder of The Wonder of Will", the Folger's celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare in 2016. For more information on the radio documentary see: https://folger.edu/shakespeare-in-american-life
Also known as
Uniform title: Shakespeare in American Life: Episode 1
Alternate titles: Shakespeare in Performance