No Holds Bard

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No Holds Bard
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Presentation
Hosted byDan Beaulieu and Kevin Condardo
GenreShakespeare, Theatre
UpdatesWeekly
Production
Opening theme"Pyramus and Thisby" by Zelda Williams
No. of episodes137
Publication
Original releaseApril 8, 2015 – Current
ProviderSeven Stages Shakespeare Company
Websitenoholdsbard.com

No Holds Bard is an American podcast hosted by Dan Beaulieu and Kevin Condardo, the co-founder/artistic director and managing director of Seven Stages Shakespeare Company in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.[1]

Format[edit | edit source]

Word of the Week[edit | edit source]

Before each regular episode, Dan chooses a Word of the Week. This is a Shakespearean word that may be confusing to an average listener. Dan defines the word, gives an example of it in a sentence and then uses it during the episode without Kevin realizing. At the end of the episode, Kevin attempts to guess what the Word of the Week was.

Duel[edit | edit source]

The regular episodes include a segment where Dan and Kevin answer three quick questions at the intersection of Shakespeare and the present day. These are usually listener-submitted questions, though they are occasionally submitted by Dan or Kevin. Episodes #34, #60, and #126 are best of compilations of previous Duel questions.

Previous Duel questions have been:

  • With the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States, what two characters in the canon would be most excited by this news?[2]
  • We are in the age of celebrity branding. Which character would make the best company spokesperson, and what product would they endorse?[3]
  • To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Royal Mail launched a set of stamps featuring iconic Shakespeare quotes. What quote from the canon is most fitting for a stamp?[4]

For certain questions, a lightning round is triggered wherein Dan and Kevin give as many answers to the question as possible within a single minute (e.g. Shakespearean cocktails).[5]

Homework[edit | edit source]

During the regular episodes, Dan and Kevin answer a Shakespearean homework question usually found on Yahoo! Answers or Reddit, or submitted directly to them.

Previous homework questions have been:

  • I need to write an 800 word script that fills a gap within the plot of A Midsummer Night's Dream. What are some gaps I could write about?[6]
  • Does Caliban deserve to rule the island at the end of The Tempest?[7]
  • In Julius Caesar, how is Mark Antony's funeral speech more personal than Brutus' speech?[8]

Everyday Shakes[edit | edit source]

The final segment of regular episodes is Everyday Shakes. Dan and Kevin select a Shakespearean quote, or a portion of a quote, and after reading it in context, examine how it can be used in contemporary conversations. The quote they choose is used for the episode's title.

So You're Going to See Shakespeare[edit | edit source]

Once a month, in place of a regular episode, they release a "So You're Going to See Shakespeare" feature. During the episode Dan and Kevin give a plot summary of the play, discussing where it falls in Shakespeare's personal timeline and what was happening in the world at that time. The breakdown includes identifying a prominent theme in the play, picking which non-title character they would most like to portray in a production, analyzing a quote from the play, and highlighting the biggest practical challenge for a director (usually a stage direction).

The current list of already-discussed plays are:

Wildcard[edit | edit source]

On the last week of every month they release a "Wildcard" episode. Originally, the episode just had to "be better than nothing," which was then changed to be "but so so"[9] (an allusion to Episode #52: "It is but so so"). A common theme among Wildcard episodes is drafting Shakespeare's characters into different fantasy sports within a fictional high school, Shakespeare High. Expanding on that idea, they also cast a fantasy production of 1776 (musical).[10]

Episodes[edit | edit source]

  So You're Going to See Shakespeare
  Wildcard
Episode # Title Origin of
Everyday Shakes
Word of the Week Episode Intro
(What is up you...)
Original Release Date
1 No longer available - - - -
2 No longer available - - - -
3 Country Matters Hamlet Quoth Friends April 8, 2015
4 And Thus the Whirligig of Time Brings In His Revenges Twelfth Night Time Subscribers April 22, 2015
5 I Am Angling Now The Winter's Tale Knave - May 5, 2015
6 Sell while you Can, You are Not for All Markets As You Like It Sans Whirligigs May 20, 2015
7 I Leave my Duty a little unthought of and Speak out of my Injury Twelfth Night Wherefore Lurkers June 5, 2015
8 Sad Hours Seem Long Romeo and Juliet Base Illyriacs June 17, 2015
9 I Am In A Holiday Humor As You Like It Bandy Funeral Baked Meats July 1, 2015
10 Live Loathed and Long Timon of Athens 'Twas Brave Conquerors July 14, 2015
11 Too Full o' th' Milk of Human Kindness Macbeth 'Tis Co-mates and Brothers in Exile July 29, 2015
12 I Am Not What I Am Othello Cuckold - August 11, 2015
13 The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strain'd The Merchant of Venice Yarely Hearts August 25, 2015
14 Our Doubts Are Traitors Measure for Measure But Fragments September 9, 2015
15 So You're Going To See THE TEMPEST - - Ministers of Fate September 15, 2015
16 Now Step I Forth To Whip Hypocrisy Love's Labour's Lost Do't Romans September 22, 2015
17 The Shakespearean Hockey League - - Boys of Ice September 29, 2015
18 I Would Eat His Heart In The Marketplace Much Ado About Nothing Sirrah Fishmongers October 7, 2015
19 So You're Going To See MACBETH - - Rump-fed Ronyons October 13, 2015
20 I Like Your Silence, It The More Shows Off Your Wonder The Winter's Tale Coxcomb Wrinkled Elders October 20, 2015
21 Shakespeare Fan Theories - - Rare Parrot-Teachers October 28, 2015
22 We Few, We Happy Few Henry V 'Zounds Winter Crickets November 3, 2015
23 So You're Going To See PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE - - - November 10, 2015
24 I Will Stand The Hazard Of The Die Richard III Sans Skeins of Thread November 24, 2015
25 The Ideal Order To Tackle Playing The Big Parts - - Walking Shadows November 24, 2015
26 Nothing Will Come Of Nothing King Lear Afore Turlygods December 1, 2015
27 So You're Going To See THE WINTER'S TALE - - Bawcocks December 8, 2015
28 I Wasted Time, And Now Doth Time Waste Me Richard II Avouch Dull Shadows December 15, 2015
29 'Tis The Night Before Christmas - - Birds of Dawning December 22, 2015
30 Shakespeare Book Reports - - Young Squarers December 31, 2015
31 If You Have Tears, Prepare To Shed Them Now Julius Caesar Ye Rotten Oranges January 5, 2016
32 So You're Going To See THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN - - Mute Contemplatives January 12, 2016
33 A Plague On Both Your Houses Romeo and Juliet Cur Midwives to my Woe January 19, 2016
34 Best Of The Duel (Episodes 1-10) - - Hazards of the Die January 26, 2016
35 That You Were Once Unkind Befriends Me Now Sonnet 120 Rampallian Moon-Calves February 2, 2016
36 So You're Going To See ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL - - Dumb Innocents February 9, 2016
37 What A Piece Of Work Is A Man Hamlet Prithee Bed Pressers February 17, 2016
38 Cutting Shakespeare - - Heartless Hinds February 24, 2016
39 We Have Scorched The Snake, Not Killed It Macbeth Kicky-Wicky Whoreson Mad Compounds of Magesty March 1, 2016
40 So You're Going To See A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - - Lob of Spirits March 8, 2016
41 Rare Words! Brave World! Henry IV, Part 1 Will Wags March 15, 2016
42 Shakespeare League Baseball - - Players March 22, 2016
43 We Are Not Throwing Away Our Shot To Talk About HAMILTON - - Imperfect Men March 29, 2016
44 Few Love To Hear The Sins They Love To Act Pericles Aby Patch Brains April 7, 2016
45 So You're Going To See ROMEO AND JULIET - - Cunning Cooks April 19, 2016
46 To Thine Own Self Be True Hamlet In't Thorny Hedgehogs April 19, 2016
47 Good Night, Sweet (Prince Symbol) - - Princely Peers April 28, 2016
48 Speak What We Feel, Not What We Ought To Say King Lear Small ale Whoreson Loggerheads May 3, 2016
49 So You're Going To See THE TAMING OF THE SHREW - - Thou Rags, Thou Quantities, Thou Remnants May 10, 2016
50 Home-Keeping Youth Have Ever Homely Wits The Two Gentlemen of Verona But Fat Friars May 17, 2016
51 The Incomplete Histories - - Loggerheads May 24, 2016
52 It Is But So So As You Like It Saucy Mistress Minions May 31, 2016
53 So You're Going To See LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST - - Brave Conquerors June 7, 2016
54 The Ills We Do, Their Ills Instruct Us So Othello Nonce Shelled Peascods June 21, 2016
55 The Incomplete Histories Debrief - - Barefoot Brothers June 21, 2016
56 177Shx - - Country Men June 28, 2016
57 Wisely And Slow Romeo and Juliet Tang Tassle-Gentles July 5, 2016
58 So You're Going To See TROILUS AND CRESSIDA - - Galled Geese of Winchester July 12, 2016
59 Dissemble All Your Griefs And Discontents Titus Andronicus Ay Changing Pieces July 19, 2016
60 Best Of The Duel II (Episodes 11-26) - - Pampered Jades of Asia July 26, 2016
61 There Is A World Elsewhere Coriolanus Thou Jackanapes August 2, 216
62 So You're Going To See AS YOU LIKE IT - - Country Copulatives August 9, 2016
63 So Foul And Fair A Day I Have Not Seen Macbeth Dun Weird Sisters August 16, 2016
64 Shakespeare Fantasy Football - - 1936 Draft Pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers August 23, 2016
65 Sonnet Exploder (#97) - - Widowed Wombs September 1, 2016
66 I Have Drunk And Seen The Spider The Winter's Tale Oft Sourest-Nature Dogs September 7, 2016
67 So You're Going To See OTHELLO - - Barbary Horses September 14, 2016
68 I See You What You Are Twelfth Night Qua General Offences September 20, 2016
69 Will, Actually: HAMLET - - Wretched, Rash, Intruding Fools September 28, 2016
70 Each Substance Of A Grief Hath Twenty Shadows Richard II Dissemble Uncropped Flowers October 5, 2016
71 So You're Going To See KING LEAR - - Lily-Livered, Action-Taking, Whoreson, Glass-Gazing, Super-Serviceable Finical Rogues October 13, 2016
72 Pray You Now, Forget and Forgive King Lear Wawl Patrons of My Right October 25, 2016
73 Interview with the Director of BEING SHAKESPEARE - - Whining Schoolboys October 25, 2016
74 When They Seldom Come, They Wish'd For Come Henry IV, Part 1 Unyoked Bear Herds November 9, 2016
75 So You're Going To See THE MERCHANT OF VENICE - - Wise and Upright Judges November 22, 2016
76 Sweet Are The Uses If Adversity As You Like It Nay Scrubbed Boys November 23, 2016
77 Shakespeare Santa - - Noble Hearts November 30, 2016
78 The Readiness Is All Hamlet Hither Brinded Cats December 6, 2016
79 So You're Going To See TWELFTH NIGHT - - Dutchman's Beards December 13, 2016
80 Silence Is The Perfectest Herald Of Joy Twelfth Night Varletto Cursed Cows December 21, 2016
81 The Grinch That Stole A Christmas From The Who's - - Bolting-Hutch of Beastlinesses December 23, 2016
82 For Whom The Bard Tolls '16 - - Poor Ghosts December 28, 2016
83 We Must Not Make A Scarecrow Of The Law Measure for Measure Heart Servant Monsters January 5, 2017
84 So You're Going To See MEASURE FOR MEASURE - - Stewed Prunes January 10, 2017
85 Let The World Slip, We Will Ne'er Be Younger The Taming of the Shrew Pheeze/Feeze Rogues and Peasant Slaves January 17, 2017
86 Holy Sh*t It's Mya Gosling - - Pint Pots January 31, 2017
87 He Is A Lion That I Am Proud To Hunt Coriolanus Yare Insolent Noisemakers January 31, 2017
88 So You're Going To See ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA - - Grizzled Heads February 7, 2017
89 Take Time To Pause A Midsummer Night's Dream God Ye Good E'en Three-Inch Fools February 14, 2017
90 The 2017 Fantasy Shakespeare Season Draft - - Scurvy Companions February 22, 2017
91 Men's Eyes Were Made To Look, And Let Them Gaze Romeo and Juliet Loggerhead Loggerheads March 1, 2017
92 So You're Going To See JULIUS CAESAR - - Idle Creatures March 7, 2017
93 Misery Acquaints A Man With Strange Bedfellows The Tempest Nonce Winter Crickets March 14, 2017
94 All-Shakespeare Girls Professional Baseball League - - Painted Maypoles March 22, 2017
95 "If Shakespeare Was Alive Today, He'd Be Writing..." - - Envious Emulators March 29, 2017
96 They Fool Me To The Top Of My Bent Hamlet Rogue Giving Veins April 5, 2017
97 So You're Going To See TITUS ANDRONICUS - - Valiant Sons April 12, 2017
98 What A Sweep Of Vanity Comes This Way Timon of Athens If - April 19, 2017
99 "NHB LIVE! Shakespeare's Birthday '17 - I' Rotten Oranges April 26, 2017
100 I Banish You Coriolanus Mark Worms of Nile May 3, 2017
101 So You're Going To See CORIOLANUS - - Fragments May 10, 2017
102 I Am Not Yet Well Breathed As You Like It Holla Midnight Hags May 17, 2017
103 ShakespeareLand - - Magic Kingdoms For A Horse May 24, 2017
104 Now He'll Outstare The Lightning Antony and Cleopatra Ambuscado Valiant Sons May 31, 2017
105 So You're Going To See RICHARD II - - Rough Rug-Headed Kerns June 7, 2017
106 Expose Thyself To Feel What Wretches Feel King Lear Abase Dappled Fools June 14, 2017
107 Sonnet Exploder (#23) - - Unperfect Actors June 21, 2017
108 The Shakespeare Diner - - Great Eaters of Beef June 28, 2017
109 Things Sweet To Taste Prove In Digestion Sour Richard II Saltpeter Dappled Fools July 5, 2017
110 So You're Going To See HENRY IV PART ONE - - Leathern Jerkin, Crystal-Button, Not-Pated, Agate-Ring, Puke-Stocking, Caddis-Garter, Smooth-Tongue, Spanish-Pouches July 12, 2017
111 Where Is The Life That Late I led? The Taming of the Shrew Quatch Lewdsters July 19, 2017
112 Figuring Out Meter - - Most Gallant, Illustrate, and Learned Gentlemen and Princesses July 26, 2017
113 Why Should Excuse Be Born Or E'er Begot Cymbeline Th' Prettiest Low-Born Lass August 3, 2017
114 So You're Going To See RICHARD III - - Bunch-Backed Toads August 9, 2017
115 These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends Romeo and Juliet Waspish-headed Wafer-Cakes August 15, 2017
116 Will, Actually: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - - Heavy Plowmen August 22, 2017
117 We Watch Will - - Fair Beseechers August 30, 2017
118 My Old Brain Is Troubled The Tempest Roynish Rabbit-Suckers September 5, 2017
119 So You're Going To See Henry V - - Yoke-Fellows In Arms September 13, 2017
120 How Like A Winter Hath My Absence Been From Thee Sonnet 97 Irk Island Carrions September 19, 2017
121 The Sepia Sessions: THE WINTER'S TALE - - Watery Stars September 26, 2017
122 How All Occasions Do Inform Against Me Hamlet Collier Whoreson Upright Rabbit October 4, 2017
123 So You're Going To See HENRY IV PART TWO - - Roads October 11, 2017
124 The Shakespeare High Sorting Hat - - Spirits of Health or Goblins Damned October 18, 2017
125 How Easy Is A Bush Supposed A Bear A Midsummer Night's Dream Knack Excellent Pieces of Witchcraft October 24, 2017
126 Best Of The Duel III (Episodes 27-48) - - Hobby Horses November 1, 2017
127 Man Is A Giddy Thing Much Ado About Nothing Unapt Overweening Rogues November 8, 2017
128 So You're Going To See MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - - Ass November 15, 2017
129 Shakespeare's Thanksgiving Pot Luck Menu - - Huge Hills of Flesh November 23, 2017
130 My False O'erweighs Your True Measure for Measure O'er Gray-Coated Gnats November 29, 2017
131 Rage Must Be Withstood Richard II Tapster Primcoxes December 6, 2017
132 So You're Going To See HAMLET - - Puffed and Reckless Libertines December 13, 2017
133 Folly And Ignorance Troilus and Cressida Peg-a-ramsey Bare Bodkins December 20, 2017
134 For Whom The Bard Tolls '17 - - Dead Coarse December 27, 2017
135 So You're Going To See CYMBELINE - - Scraps o' the Court January 3, 2018
136 Is't Real That I See All's Well That Ends Well Galliass Galloway Nags January 10, 2018
137 There's Small Choice In Rotten Apples The Taming of the Shrew Paradox Musk-Rose Buds January 17, 2018

Reception[edit | edit source]

NPR featured The Shakespearean Hockey League episode on their podcast aggregator, earbud.fm.[11] "Dan Beaulieu and Kevin Condardo, two smart-aleck Bostonian theater guys now living in NYC, love Shakespeare. They also love sports. In this episode, they draft a fantasy hockey league based on Shakespeare — and it's the perfect amount of absurd."[12]

CBC Radio featured the Shakespeare League Baseball episode on their recommended podcast playlist.[13]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Best of NH 2016 Arts & Culture". July 2016. 
  2. Episode #9 - I Am in a Holiday Humor - No Holds Bard (July 1, 2015)
  3. Episode #16 - Now Step I Forth To Whip Hypocrisy - No Holds Bard (September 22, 2015)
  4. Episode #44 - Few Love To Hear The Sins They Love To Act - No Holds Bard (April 7, 2016)
  5. Episode #13 - The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strain'd - No Holds Bard (August 25, 2015)
  6. Episode #20 - I Like Your Silence, It The More Shows Off Your Wonder - No Holds Bard (October 20, 2015)
  7. Episode #59 - Dissemble All Your Griefs And Discontents - No Holds Bard (July 19, 2016)
  8. Episode #66 - I Have Drunk And Seen The Spider - No Holds Bard (September 7, 2016)
  9. Episode #55 - The Incomplete Histories Debrief - No Holds Bard (June 22, 2016)
  10. Episode #56 - 177Shx - No Holds Bard (June 28, 2016)
  11. "Shaking it up: In Portsmouth, Shakespeare lives". 13 April 2016. 
  12. Drew Broussard (4 March 2016). "No Holds Bard: The Shakespearean Hockey League". 
  13. Matt Galloway and Lindsay Michael (7 July 2016). "6 Saucy podcasts on Shakespeare". 

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