SPEECH OF FIRE
From Shakespeare's Love and Despair: Macbeth, Seoul Shakespeare Company
"I have a speech of fire, that fain would blaze..."
Hamlet, Act 4 Scene 7
Current SOF News
Stay Home. Stay Connected.
One of the reasons we love what we do is because theatre, whether it’s in a workshop or in a performance, brings people together and reconnects us with each other. In this unprecedented time, we are seeing particularly clearly the importance of human connection.
And while we at Speech of Fire are fortunate in that we are just starting out and were planning a quiet, relaxing Spring of teaching and writing (our first spring in nine years not doing a Shakespeare production as Seoul Shakespeare Company!), other theatres around the world are facing huge financial struggles, and theatre artists are finding themselves without a livelihood. At the same time, theatre artists are finding innovative ways to keep art alive amid the struggle, and some theatre companies are finding ways to reach new audiences through generous sharing of their productions and other resources online.
So in place of our Spring acting classes, we are focusing right now on supporting our friends and colleagues around the world whose theatre companies are asking for support as well as those who are finding innovative ways to keep reaching audiences and keep theatre alive. We’ll also be sharing some of our favorite resources that have influenced us and that can bring us together as humans.
Together, we can overcome this crisis.
Stay home. Stay connected.
-Lauren Ash-Morgan and Michael Downey
We'll be sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and a bit on Instagram:
Speech of Fire's
Spring 2020 Acting Classes
Spring Session 1: April 5-26 (Postponed until further notice)
Spring Session 2: May 17-June 7 (Postponed until further notice)
Movement & Ensemble
Acting Shakespeare's Text
Rehearsing Shakespearean Monologues & Scenes
Speech of Fire is currently focused on building a repertoire of small, mobile shows that can be revived, tour, and travel in the future.
Repertoire so far (can be performed in rep or separately):
"Hospitals are battlefields."
Mind must be the firmer,
heart the more fierce,
courage the greater,
as our strength diminishes.
Written and performed by Michael Downey
Directed by Lauren Ash-Morgan
Appropriate for all ages, aside from a few curse words.
Approximate running time: 1 hour
"Quality work… solo theatre as it should be."
"This here's an arena."
An original, raw, intimate, and uncompromising piece of contemporary theatre.
Written by Jason Cutler and the members of Dive Theatre
Starring Jason Cutler, Jamie Horan, and Lauren Ash-Morgan
Directed by Michael Downey
Content warnings: Adult language, sexual themes, physical violence.
Not appropriate for children.
Approximate running time: 1 hour
New York Theatre Review
Speech of Fire is proud to be a member of The Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA).
For more information visit www.stahome.org.
STA was established to provide a forum for the artistic, managerial, educational leadership for theatres primarily involved with the production of the works of William Shakespeare; to discuss issues and methods of work, resources, and information; and to act as an advocate for Shakespearean productions and training.