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CoastLine is a variety news show, which airs Wednesdays from 12pm - 1pm on WHQR.Every week, we’ll look into issues that matter in the Cape Fear Region. Host Rachel Lewis Hilburn will interview expert guests and invite you to join the conversation.

CoastLine: Shakespeare in the Cape Feare

Dram Tree Shakespeare
A scene from Shakespeare's The Tempest, produced by Dram Tree Shakespeare in 2016 at McEachern's Warehouse in downtown Wilmington.

There’s an old saying about Shakespeare plays:  they’re a lot more fun to act in than they are to watch. 

However, there are efforts in town that are shaking apart that old idea and building a whole new paying audience for Shakespeare.  We’re seeing this most notably with Dram Tree Shakespeare and Alchemical Theatre, whose productions are associated with the Theater Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


Tony Rivenbark, Executive Director of the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts.  He’s also a Founding Producer of Thalian Hall’s Cube Theatre Productions, a prolific actor – opening soon in The Sunshine Boys at Thalian Hall – and he’s a Board Member of Dram Tree Shakespeare

Christopher Marino, Assistant Professor in the Theater Department at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington

Amanda McRaven, co-founder and co-artistic director of Make Trouble, a Shakespeare training and performance group that specializes in ensemble training of actors