RemarkaBULL Podversations are informal, livestreamed conversations that investigate approaches to essential passages from the Shakespearean and Jacobean canon―and beyond.
Award-winning actors DION JOHNSTONE and LISA HARROW will join host NATHAN WINKELSTEIN, Red Bull’s Associate Producer, for two conversations focused on the banishment of Coriolanus from Rome by the ‘common cry of curs’ and his mother Volumnia's trenchant defense of the city when he returns, for ‘there’s no man more bound to his mother’. The pair tackled these roles in Red Bull Theater’s critically acclaimed 2016 production of Coriolanus, directed by Michael Sexton. They’ll both read passages from the play and discuss their approaches to the text and character. They’ll take questions through Facebook LIVE, too.
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EXCERPT FROM CORIOLANUS | Act 3 : Scene 3
You common cry of curs, whose breath I hate
As reek o’ th’ rotten fens, whose loves I prize
As the dead carcasses of unburied men
That do corrupt my air, I banish you!
And here remain with your uncertainty;
Let every feeble rumor shake your hearts;
Your enemies, with nodding of their plumes,
Fan you into despair! Have the power still
To banish your defenders, till at length
Your ignorance deliver you
As most abated captives to some nation
That won you without blows! Despising
For you the city, thus I turn my back.
There is a world elsewhere.
EXCERPT FROM CORIOLANUS | Act 5 : Scene 3
Nay, go not from us thus.
If it were so, that our request did tend
To save the Romans, thereby to destroy
The Volsces whom you serve, you might condemn us
As poisonous of your honor. No, our suit
Is that you reconcile them, while the Volsces
May say “This mercy we have showed,” the Romans
“This we received,” and each in either side
Give the all-hail to thee and cry “Be blest
For making up this peace!” Thou know’st, great son,
The end of war’s uncertain, but this certain,
That, if thou conquer Rome, the benefit
Which thou shalt thereby reap is such a name
Whose repetition will be dogged with curses,
Whose chronicle thus writ: “The man was noble,
But with his last attempt he wiped it out,
Destroyed his country, and his name remains
To th’ ensuing age abhorred.” Why dost not speak?
Think’st thou it honorable for a noble man
Still to remember wrongs?—Daughter, speak you.
He cares not for your weeping.—Speak thou, boy.
Perhaps thy childishness will move him more
Than can our reasons.—There’s no man in the world
More bound to ’s mother, yet here he lets me prate
Like one i’ th’ stocks. Thou hast never in thy life
Showed thy dear mother any courtesy
When she, poor hen, fond of no second brood,
Has clucked thee to the wars and safely home,
Loaden with honor. Say my request’s unjust
And spurn me back; but if it be not so,
Thou art not honest, and the gods will plague thee!
That thou restrain’st from me the duty which
To a mother’s part belongs.—He turns away.—
Down, ladies! Let us shame him with our knees.
To his surname Coriolanus ’longs more pride
Than pity to our prayers. Down! An end.
This is the last. So, we will home to Rome
And die among our neighbors.—Nay, behold ’s.
This boy that cannot tell what he would have,
But kneels and holds up hands for fellowship,
Does reason our petition with more strength
Than thou hast to deny ’t.—Come, let us go.
This fellow had a Volscian to his mother,
His wife is in Corioles, and his child
Like him by chance.—Yet give us our dispatch.
I am hushed until our city be afire,
And then I’ll speak a little.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
LISA HARROW: US. Off-Broadway: WIT (Vivian Bearing). CORIOLANUS (Volumnia) Pittsburgh Public: WIT (Vivian), MEDEA (Medea), MARY STUART (Elizabeth); Yale Rep: CHERRY ORCHARD (Raynevskya); Chautauqua Theatre: THE TEMPEST (Prospero), ALL MY SONS (Kate), CHERRY ORCHARD (Raynevskya); NJ Shakespeare: THE LION IN WINTER (Eleanor); UK: RSC: TWELFTH NIGHT (Olivia), OTHELLO (Desdemona), MERCHANT OF VENICE (Portia), WILD OATS (Lady Amaranth). West End: MAN & SUPERMAN (Ann Whitfield). IN PRAISE OF LOVE (Lydia). Film: LAST DAYS OF CHEZ NOUS (Australian Oscar for Best Actress); SUNDAY (Best Film Sundance1997). Lisa was one of the leading actors in "Playing Shakespeare," the television series devised by the RSC’s renowned director John Barton, which is used by English and Drama departments in universities all over the United States.
DION JOHNSTONE: KING LEAR (Broadway); JULIUS CAESAR (Crow's Theatre and Groundling Theatre Co.); THE ROYALE (Soulpepper Theatre). Elsewhere: CORIOLANUS (Red Bull Theatre, Off-Broadway); FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (Soulpepper Theatre); OTHELLO, MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, TITUS ANDRONICUS, RICHARD III, THE TEMPEST, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, KING JOHN, CYMBELINE, AS YOU LIKE IT, AGAMEMNON, ELECTRA, THE FLIES (Stratford Festival). Film/TV Credits include: STAR FALLS (Nickelodeon); SWEET MAGNOLIAS (Netflix); A FAMILY CHRISTMAS GIFT (Hallmark); CANADIAN STRAIN, TIES THAT BIND, FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES, DEFIANCE. Dion is very grateful for the love and support of his wife Lisa Berry. Website