Monthly Archives: June 2018

Pericles: Shakespeare’s First Romance

Published in From Dramaturg Cathleen Sheehan, Mainstage Plays

By Cathleen Sheehan “They all have the same story–those last plays. A father throws away his daughter. And nothing will ever be right until he gets her back. They’re full of impossible coincidences. Miraculous statues. Pirates. Shipwrecks. Bears. Resurrections.” -Judith Shakespeare, “Equivocation” by Bill Cain In his play “Equivocation,” Bill Cain gives Shakespeare’s daughter a…

The Mystery of Anne Hathaway

Published in From Dramaturg Cathleen Sheehan, Mainstage Plays

By Dramaturg Cathleen Sheehan If we know little about William Shakespeare’s personal life, we know less about Anne Hathaway, the woman he married. There are only a handful of facts: she was born in Shottery in 1556; she married William Shakespeare who was eight years her junior in 1583; she was pregnant when she married…