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Marlboro College alumni present talk on Shakespeare, ‘Party Bard’ podcast

MARLBORO—Marlboro College presents a talk and discussion by alumni Molly Booth ’14 and Jack Rossiter-Munley ’12, hosts of a Shakespeare-focused podcast called Party Bard, on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.

They will be joined by T. Hunter Wilson, Marlboro writing and literature faculty emeritus, who helped inspire their love of writing and Shakespeare. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in Marlboro’s Whittemore Theater, site of many Shakespeare productions over the years.

The Party Bard podcast, launched recently by self-described Shakespeare uber-nerds Booth and Rossiter-Munley, explores questions such as: Which Shakespeare mother stopped an army of men in their tracks and brought them to their knees with her words? And, what does Henry V’s famous battle-rousing monologue have in common with Arrested Development?

Booth and Rossiter-Munley bring Party Bard to like-minded listeners around the world every other Wednesday.

An author of Shakespeare-inspired young adult queer fiction, Booth signed a two-book contract with Disney Hyperion within a year of her graduation from Marlboro, based on a draft of her first book, Saving Hamlet, written as part of her Plan of Concentration.

Her second book, Nothing Happened, a modern-day teen adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, came out in 2018.

Jack Rossiter-Munley is a freelance writer, editor, and podcast producer, as well as producer for the award-winning 2016 documentary Walk with Me, about Federal Judge Damon J. Keith and his legacy in the civil rights movement.

In addition to Party Bard, he co-hosts the poetry analysis podcast Close Talking, and produces the interview podcast Poetry Spoken Here, recently named one of the “Best Poetry Podcasts of 2018” by Player.fm.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #531 (Wednesday, October 9, 2019). This story appeared on page B3.

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