When Londoners in 1606 suggested going to the Globe Theatre, they said to one another, “Let’s go hear a play.” The stage of the Globe had, after all, no set or scenery – costumes, yes, movement yes, but above all, “Words, words, words,” as Hamlet said to Polonius. The Fermat Podcast Project is all about words – the words of Shakespeare and other classic and well known writers, local poets and authors, and more. It’s all part of our theme for 2017 and 2018 – more theater, more art, less overhead. Two and three person scenes for actors, poets reading and discussing their work, scholars helping us make sense of difficult texts (such as Mother Courage and Her Children), musicians talking about composing and playing for the stage, astonishing letters by the likes of Emily Dickinson and Vincent Van Gogh.
Our plan is one podcast per month and to alternate classic and contemporary work. We are delighted to launch the series with a poetry reading by Madison author, musician and photographer Katrin Talbot. Watch this page for monthly updates.
The Podcast Project is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board, The Madison Arts Commission and Dane Arts.