These are crazy times and we’ve all taken on a bunch of new projects as we socially isolate in order to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

We’re donating where we can, we’re cleaning the pantry, we’re organizing the 2300+ title dvd library. We finished work on the Nominee Interview Series even though the live event for our yearly Critics’ Pick Awards had to be cancelled (we’ve still got trophies to give out, eventually). We started the Corona Movie Club to help curb our boredom and constant need to talk about movies with other human beings. I’m even watching network procedurals and actually writing about them.

But what we all really need is comfort. We need our favourite things and our favourite people and right now those are hard to come by so we have to do everything we can to bring them together whenever possible. For me, there’s nothing quite so comforting and joyful as Shakespeare. Luckily, I know a lot of people who also love Shakespeare- a few old friends from my alma mater’s Shakespeare Society and a few of my favourite Toronto theatre artists, all of whom just so happen to be talented and generous and responsibly socially isolated enough to want to join a nearly 3-hour 19-person Zoom call for the purposes of livestreaming Shakespeare on YouTube.

Check out Henry IV, Part 1 in audio form below (or on iTunes) then tune into our YouTube page on Friday nights at 7pm EST to catch our live readings.

A huge thank you to the cast of Henry IV, Part 1:

Pericles- Scott Garland
Gower- Elizabeth Morriss
Marina- Miriam Bachman
Helicanus- Mo Kamaly
Simonides- Elizabeth Ramirez
Cleon- Christopher Prentice
Cerimon- Weldon Goree
Lysimachus- Hilary Wartinger
Dionyza- Gaby Grice
Thaisa- Olivia Klausen McCargar
Boult/ First Lord (“Lord”)/ First Sailor/ Tyrian Sailor- Mark Kreder
Leonine/ Second Lord/ Second Sailor/ Diana- Shalyn McFaul
Bawd/ Lychorida/ Philemon- Nicole Falgoust
Thaliard/ Marshal/ First Servant (“Servant”)- Laura Hubbard
Antiochus/First Fisherman/ First Knight/ Second Pirate- Torey Urquhart
Daughter of Antiochus/ Second Fisherman/ First Gentleman- Melissa Wright
Messenger/ Third Knight/ Second Gentleman/ Third Pirate- Nicanor Campos
Third Fisherman/ Third Lord/ Escanes/ First Pirate/ Second Knight/ Pandar- Susan Bond

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