Ear Candy: Podcasts on Better Lemons Highlighting Live Shakespeare in L.A.

Monique LeBleu

Registered Critic, Writer, Editor

Better Lemons’ podcasts cover a variety of interviews of show creatives in Los Angeles, with many recorded live and direct at the venues, and published on SoundCloud. These interviews are from productions that have already closed.

Collected here are a series of interviews of show producers and artists who work toward providing live Shakespeare performances and experiences to Greater Los Angeles audiences. The following interviews cover a variety of topics – from traditional Shakespeare to what it takes to interpreting Shakespeare for contemporary audiences, from “bad” Shakespeare to honoring the Bard’s original prose, and the enduring misunderstandings, history, and superstitions that surround the work by the most beloved playwright of the people of his greatest patron.

Audio Interview: the cast of “MacBeth” at the Grand Annex in San Pedro

“Fulfilling a desire to present educational and immersive theatre, House of Bards Theatre Company…launched their first production, Shakespeare’s powerful drama Macbeth.”  This November 2029, Ashton Marcus interviewed several members of the cast. Most notable is his interview with actor Stephen L. Sears at the 11:15 minute mark, who played King Duncan in this production, spoke on the “layers” of Shakespeare” and superstitions associated with the Scottish Play.

Ashton’s Audio Interview: the cast of “MacBeth” at the Grand Annex in San Pedro

An Interview of Coin & Ghost’s Zachary Reeve Davidson and Rob Adler: “Bad Hamlet

An interview of Zachary Reeve Davidson and Rob Adler of Coin & Ghost by Monique A. LeBleu, for their play “Bad Hamlet: An Irreverent, Interactive, Inventive Bootleg,” interviewed backstage at The New American Theatre in Hollywood, in July 2019.

Speaking with me, Davidson and Adler shared on Bad Quarto and bringing Shakespeare into an immersive experience, where Davidson at the 3:50 minute mark particularly elaborates on “misremembered” Shakespeare.

An Interview of Coin & Ghost’s Zachary Reeve Davidson and Rob Adler: “Bad Hamlet”

Audio Interview: Armin Shimerman (Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) the director of Measure for Measure

“Armin Shimerman, best known by his fans as Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, is also an accomplished Shakespearean scholar and teacher. He is one of two directors of Measure for Measure.”

Earlier this month, Ashton Marcus interviewed Co-director Shimerman live at the Antaeus Theatre theatre after the show and gets his thoughts on the #MeToo movement and how this classic piece has stood the test of time as applies to some current contemporary political issues and women’s issues with regard to equality.



Monique A. LeBleu/Event Editor and Contributor.