April 26, 2016: Israel Boycott. Divorced Catholics. Girl Scouts. Drunk Shakespeare.

Anti-Israeli sentiment on college campuses has now hit close to home as graduate student unions from New York University and CUNY vote to boycott the Jewish state. But are these protests anti-Zionist or anti-Semitic? And are Jewish students becoming the scapegoats, and the real victims? We speak with an activist who is investigating anti-Semitism on college campuses across the country. The sacrament of communion is banned for divorced and remarried Catholics, but is Pope Francis about to change that? As the pope continues his mission of mercy, his recent exhortation Amoris Laetitia has sparked debate among the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics for its call to welcome divorced and remarried worshipers. Monsignor Jim Lisante, host of the radio and TV program “Personally Speaking,” joins us with reaction to Pope Francis’ recent exhortation, and its future impact on the Catholic Church.  The Girl Scouts don’t just sell cookies, they chase dreams. But for around 70% of the 29,000 girls in the Girl Scouts of Greater New York – particularly its Black and Latina scouts – poverty and a lack of resources makes it harder for them to focus on their education. We see how the organization is working to help these girls overcome poverty, and this troubling trend. Finally, as we celebrate the legacy of William Shakespeare four centuries after his death, we offer a look at the bard, with a twist, and five shots of whiskey! Meet the actors behind the theater phenomenon “Drunk Shakespeare.” They give us a taste of their show, and we only hope they’re sober.

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ARE THESE PROTESTS ANTI-SEMITIC?

ARE JEWISH STUDENTS BECOMING THE SCAPE GOATS AND THE REAL VICTIMS A DISTURBING REPORT AHEAD.

THE SACRAMENTO COMMUNITY I BANNED WE'VE GOT REACTION FOR THE FOLKS'S RECENT EXHORTATION GIRL SCOUTS DON'T JUST SEL COOKIES.

THEY CHASE DREAMS.

TONIGHT SEE HOW THEY ARE HELPING THEIR SISTER AND LOW INCOM NEIGHBORHOODS OVERCOME POVERTY A STORY YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS AS WE CELEBRATE WILLIA SHAKESPEARE, WE HAVE A TWIST AND FIVE SHOTS OF WHISKEY.

MEET THE ACTORS AND ONLY HOP THEY'RE SOBER.

ALL THAT AND MORE AS 'METROFOCUS' STARTS RIGHT NOW.

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> EVER SINCE THE BOYCOTT DIVESTMENT, IT WAS LAUNCHED BY MORE THAN 100 PRO PALESTINIA GROUPS, DOZENS OF ACADEMIC ORGANIZATIONS HAVE PLEDGED THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE CAMPAIGN OTHERWISE KNOWN AS BDS, TH MOVEMENT'S STATED GOALS ARE TO END WHAT THEY CONSIDER THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION O PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES AND TO PROMOTE HUMAN RIGHTS FOR STINL WITHIN ISRAEL.

JUST LAST WEEK ANOTHER ACADEMI GROUP HERE IN NEW YORK CIT ADDED ITS NAME TO THE LIST O BDS SUPPORTERS THE NEW YORK UNIVERSITY GRADUATE UNION REPRESENTING MORE THAN 1,000 NYU GRADUATE ASSISTANT AND RESEARCHERS VOTED TO APPROVE THE RESOLUTION PLEDGING A BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL COMPANIES AND ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS, AND CALLING ON NYU TO CLOSE THE PROGRAM AT TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY THE INITIATIVE IS AN ORGANIZATION WORKING T INVESTIGATE ANTI-SEMITISM ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME CRITIC OF THE MOVEMENT AND ITS FOUNDER, TAMMY BENJAMIN JOINS US NOW.

PROFESSOR, WELCOME

THANK YOU

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE BDS MOVEMENT IS ANTI-SEMITIC

YES IN MANY ASPECTS IT CERTAINLY I ANTI-SEMITIC, IN ITS INTENT, ITS FOUNDERS CLEARLY WERE MOTIVATE BY THE DESIRE TO DESTROY THE JEWISH FAITH, IT IS ANTI-SEMETIC ITS IN EXECUTION WHEN WE SEE THE ACTIVITY, WE SEE CLASSIC ANTI-SEMITIC THINGS THAT ARE BEING USED, NOT ONLY APPLIED TO JEWS BUT TO THE JEWISH FAITH.

AND IT IS ALSO ANTI-SEMITIC IN ITS EFFECT WE SEE ON MANY OF THE CAMPUSES WHERE THERE IS THE ACTIVITY, W SEE A VERY HIGH INCIDENCE, O MUCH HIGHER INS DENSE OF HARMFUL ACTIONS BEING TAKEN AGAINS JEWISH STUDENTS INCLUDING THINGS LIKE ASSAULT, HARASSMENT DEFAMATION, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, THE SPEECH SO YES, IT IS AN ANTI-SEMITI MOVEMENT

LET'S BREAK IT DOWN ACCORDING TO THE STATED GOALS, THE MOST FREQUENTLY STAYED GOALS, THE MOVEMENT SAYS THA THE PRINCIPLE GOALS ARE TO END THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION OF TH PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES AND TO ENHANCE HUMAN RIGHTS WITHI ISRAEL THERE ARE A LOT OF JEWISH, PROGRESSIVE JEWISH GROUPS AROUND THE WORLD AND A LOT OF PROGRESSIVE ISRAELIS WITHI ISRAEL THAT SHARE THOSE GOALS.

SO AS FAR AS GOALS ARE CONCERNED, HOW ARE THOSE ANTI-SEMITIC

WELL, YOU KNOW, I WANT, IF IT IS POSSIBLE, I WOULD LOVE TO MOVE THE DISCUSSION TO SPEAKIN WITH THE IMPACT OF BDS ON JEWISH STUDENTS THAT'S AN AREA -

WE'LL GET TO THAT IN SECOND I'M WONDERING IF COULD YOU TOUCH UPON THEIR UNDERSTATED GOALS FIRST.

THE STATED GOALS, IN TERM OF, AS I SAID, IT IS ANT-SEMETIC IN SOME OF ITS ASPECTS I THINK THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT IT WHO ARE NOT ANTI-SMET KNICK THEIR GOALS.

BUT THE GOALS OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE MOVEMENT ARE CLEARLY ANTI-SEMITIC TO THE EXTENT THA THEY ARE VERY, THEY ARE VERY OPEN ABOUT THEIR DESIRE TO DESTROY THE JEWISH STATE

AND WE CAN HAVE A DISCUSSIO ABOUT WHETHER THE OPPOSITION T THE VERY EXIST TENSE OF TH JEWISH STATE AN ANTI-SEMITIC GOAL OR NOT.

BUT AGAIN, I COME BACK TO IT MOST HARMFUL IMPACT FOR JEWISH STUDENTS OR THE MOST ANTI-SEMITIC IMPACT TO JEWIS STUDENTS, IT INCITES HATE.

IT IS NOT JUST DEBATE ABOUT, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT DEBATE ABOUT ISRAELI POLICY OR ISRAEL HUMAN RIGHTS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A MOVEMENT THAT REALLY IS INCITING HATE O COLLEGE CAMPUSES AND ACTUALL INCITING HARM TOWARD JEWIS STUDENTS AND IN THAT SENSE IT IS AN ANTI-SEMITIC MOVEMENT.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT YOUR ORGANIZATION MONITORS ANTI-SEMITIC YOU'VE SEEN THE UPTICK WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP

YEAH.

WE'VE SEEN ANTI-SEMITIC MOVEMENT JUST LAST YEAR WE DID A STUDY ON A LITTLE MOR THAN 100 UNIVERSITIES MOST POPULAR WITH JEWISH STUDENTS AND WE FOUND MORE THAN 300 INCIDENTS OF ANTI-SEMITIC ACTIVITY WES FOUND JEWISH STUDENTS REPORTING, FEARING FOR THEIR SAFETY JEWISH STUDENTS WHO WERE AFRAI TO WALK TO A SABBATH DINNER.

AFRAID TO WEAR A JEWISH STAR O THE GREEK LETTERS, IF THEY'RE IN A JEWISH SORORITY.

IS THAT BECAUSE OF BDS?

IN MANY CASES, IN MOST CASES, THESE HARMFUL ACTIONS TOWARD JEWISH STUDENTS ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO BDS ACTIVITY.

WE HAVE SWASTIKAS BEING PAINTE ON JEWISH FRATERNITY HOUSES TH DAY AFTER A VERY CONTROVERSIAL DIVESTMENT RESOLUTION IS BEING VOTED ON THE FRATERNITY STUDENTS AR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST IT.

WE HAVE JEWISH STUDENT CANDIDATES FOR STUDENT GOVERNMENT WHO ARE BEING DENIE THAT OPTION OR TOLD THAT THE CAN'T VOTE ON A BDS VOTE BECAUSE OF THE JEWISH AGENDA WE HAVE STUDENTS BEING HARASSED.

THERE ARE EVENTS BEING SHU DOWN JEWISH EVENTS ARE ROUTINEL BEING SHUT DOWN ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

AND WHAT WE FIND IS THAT JEWIS STUDENTS, WHAT WE FOUND IN OUR STUDY IS THAT JEWISH STUDENT ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO B TARGETED FOR HARM WHERE THERE IS BDS ACTIVITY

IS THERE A WAY WHERE STUDENTS CAN CHAMPION STUDENT RIGHTS IN A WAY THAT ISN'T DIVISIVE?

AND THAT MAYBE END UP FOR GOOD FOR BOTH ISRAELIS AN PALESTINIANS

I THINK THERE'S ABSOLUTELY WAY.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE ENSURED IS THAT THERE IS NOT HATEFUL RHETORIC.

REALLY, RHETORIC ABOUT ISRAE WHICH MORPHS INTO ANT-SEMITISM WHICH IS HATEFUL AND TARGETS JEWISH STUDENTS FOR HARM THAT'S REALLY THE LINE BEING CROSSED.

THAT'S WHAT THE UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATORS NEED TO BE REALLY CAREFUL ABOUT MONITORING AND CONDEMNING WHEN IT HAPPENED.

PROFESSOR, THANK YOU FO JOINING US TODAY

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME

> POPE FRANCIS CONSIDERS HIS PAYMENCY A MISSION OF MERCY AN RECENTLY HE HAS FOCUSED HI COMPASSION ON DIVORCED AND REMARRIED CATHOLICS.

IN EARLY APRIL HE RELEASED A EXHORTATION ON LOVE AND TH FAMILY THE JOY OF LOVE.

IN IT HE ASKS THE CHURCH TO BE MORE WELCOMING TO ITS DIVORCED AND REMARRIED WORSHIPPERS.

WHILE MANY CATHOLICS PRAISED THE POPE'S WORDS, OTHERS ARE WORRIED THAT DIVORCED PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE PART.

SO WHAT EFFECT WILL THIS HAVE ON THE THE 1.2 BILLION CATHOLIC WORLDWIDE?

JOINING US ON HIS TAKE MONSIGNOR JIM LASANTE.

WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME ON.

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON TH CONTROVERSY OVER COMMUNICATE FOR DIVORCED AND REMARRIED CATHOLICS?

I WOULD SAY UP FRONT, I LOV THE DOCUMENT AND I'M A BIG FAN OF POPE FRANCIS.

HE DOES A WONDERFUL JOB SAYING THE DOOR IS OPEN AGAIN COME IN.

HE IS NOT RULES.

NOT REGULATIONS.

NOT CHANGING DOGMA HE IS SAYING EVERYTHING CAN BE OUR TEACHING BUT WE NEED T DEVELOP A SPIRIT OF WELCOME.

REMEMBER ST. PAUL SAID LET'S BECOME ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPL FOR THE SAKE OF CHRIST THAT SHOULD BE THE TEACHING.

YOU KNOW AND I KNOW THAT THERE ARE MILLIONS OF CATHOLICS WH HAVE GIVEN UP ON THE CHURCH.

SOME FOR GOOD REASONS, SOME FO BAD.

I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YO ARE WARMLY WELCOMED HERE WE CAN DISAGREE ON SPECIFI ISSUES OF THEOLOGY BUT WE CAN' DISAGREE THAT WE ARE ONE FAMILY.

SO YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A TRADITIONAL TURNIN UPSIDE DOWN OF DOCTRINE?

NO.

THERE'S NOTHING THAT CHANGES IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT CHANGES.

ONE FINE TUNING THING THAT H DID, THING MY PARISH, I HAVE 3,500 FAMILIES I KNOW MY PEOPLE YOU KNOW ON THE FRONT LINES, YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR LOCAL CHURC NEEDS.

TALKING FROM ROME, IT IS FAR FAR AWAY FROM US

IF HE GIVES DISCRETION TO THE PARISHES OR THE INDIVIDUAL PRIESTS ABOUT DIVORCED O REMARRIED CATHOLICS CAN TAKE COMMUNION, HOW IS THAT NOT BAN TO KNOW DOCTRINE THAT THEY CANNOT

I THINK MOST PRIESTS WOUL LISTEN WITH AN OPEN EAR AND AN OPEN HEART IF I HAVE A WOMAN WHO SAID I TRIED TO GET THE ANNULMENT BUT I HAVE A HUSBAND DEEPLY ABUSIVE.

IT WOULD BE A TRAUMATI EXPERIENCE I CAN'T FOR THE SAKE OF MY CHILDREN THAT I'M RAISING OR THE NEW RELATIONSHIP THAT I'M IN LET'S MEET PEOPLE WHERE THEY'R AT ANOTHER EXAMPLE.

WOMEN WOULD WRITE AND SAY I HA A BABY OUT OF WEDLOCK AND MY PRIEST WON'T BAPTIZE THE BAB BECAUSE THERE'S NO HUSBAND NOW HE SAID, BRING THE BABY TO ROME AND I'LL BAPTIZE.

BE KIND, BE MERCYIVELY HE SAYS THAT MERCY IS THE HEAR OF GOD

DOES THIS EXHORTATION BOD ANY MORE PRO FOUND CHANGES FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH FOR EXAMPLE, DOES IT OPEN TH DOOR A LITTLE BIT FOR MARRIE PRIESTS, OR WOMEN PRIESTS OR SAME SEX MARRIAGE?

I DON'T SEE SAME SEX MARRIAGE EVER BEING CONDONED BY THE CHURCH IN ARGENTINA, HE WAS SOMEONE WHO LIVED WITH SAME SEX MARRIAGES -- WOMEN'S ORDINATION, I DON'T SE HIM GOING THERE TOO.

THE ISSUE OF MARRIED PRIESTS, IT IS A DISCIPLINE OF THE CHURCH.

NOT A DOGMA.

IF HE THOUGHT FOR THE SAKE O THE CHURCH ALIVE, HE MIGHT D THAT YOU KNOW AND I KNOW, HERE I AM 60 YEARS OF AGE AND I'M TH YOUNG PRIEST IN MY PARISH.

HOW LONG CAN THAT GO ON?

YOU NEED YOUNG VOCATIONS IF WE DON'T GET THEM SOON, WE'LL HAVE TO THINK OF ALTERNATIVES.

I THINK HE MIGHT SAY, WE HAV GREAT CATHOLIC MARRIED MEN WHY NOT LET THEM SERVE THE CHURCH

IS THERE ANYTHING IN TH EXHORTATION THAT YOU THINK I IMPORTANT BUT HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN THE LIGHT OF DAY BECAUSE OF TH ISSUE OF REMARRIED DIVORCE PEOPLE

THERE IS AN UNDERCURRENT.

YOU CAN CHALLENGE PEOPLE AND I THINK HE DOES.

WHAT I READ IS WHEN WE BECOM POMPOUS, WE THINK WE KNOW IT ALL, WHEN WE THINK WE POSSES TRUTH, WHEN WE BECOME INTOLERANT TO PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY'R DIFFERENT FROM US, WE AR WORKING IN DIRECT OPPOSITION T THE TEACHING OF CHRIST THROUGHOUT THE DOCTRINE I HEAR HIM SAYING, BE CAREFUL O BECOMING A PHARISEE.

DON'T BE A HYPOCRITE THERE ARE 14 REFERENCES TO HYPOCRISY.

THANK YOU FOR COMING ON

THANK YOU

> THIS THIN MINTS, SAMOANS GIRL SCOUTS.

BUT IT IS MUCH MORE THAN COOKIES.

TONIGHT IN OUR SERIES, CALLE CHASING THE DREAM.

POVERTY IN AMERICA WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT HOW NEW YORK CITY'S LARGEST GIRLS ONLY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM, THE GIRL SCOUTS OF GREATER NEW YORK I INVESTING IN THE FUTURES O NEARLY 29,000 GIRLS BETWEEN TH AGES OF 5-17 AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION IS VERY MUCH NEEDED BECAUSE 70% OF THOSE GIRLS, PARTICULARLY BLACK AN LATINA SCOUTS, COULDN'T FROM LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS WHERE POVERT AND A LACK OF RESOURCES MAKE I HARDER TO FOCUS ON THE EDUCATION.

THE CEO BARBARA MURPHY WARRINGTON AND A FORMER GIRL SCOUT HERSELF IS WORKING T CHANGE THE TREND SHE JOINS US WITH ONE OF THE GIRLS WHO IS CHASING THE DWREE THE HELP OF GIRL SCOUTS.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US

THANK YOU FOR HAVING US THANK YOU FOR THIS VERY SPECIA PROGRAM.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS TH CHALLENGES FACING SOME OF TH LOW INCOME GIRLS AROUND THE CITY HERE

IN 2013 WE RELEASED A VER IMPORTANT REPORT THE STATE OF GIRLS REPORT.

AND IN THAT REPORT, I AM, WELL MANY GIRLS HAVE MADE PROGRES OVER THE LAST 15 TO 20 YEARS NOT THE CASE WITH ALL GIRLS.

OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS, POVERTY HAS INCREASED AMONG CHILDREN PARTICULARLY GIRLS IN THIS COUNTRY.

PARTICULARLY AMONG BLACK AND LATINA GIRLS IN OUR CITY, OUT OF THE 600,00 GIRLS THAT LIVE IN POVERTY, OVER 60% ARE BLACK AND LATINA WHEN WE LOOKED AT THE ISSUES O THOSE GIRLS, THEY'RE FALLING BEHIND IN TEMPLG QUALITY EDUCATION, ACCESS TO GOOD HEALTH CARE AND QUALITY AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS LIKE GIRL SCOUTING.

AND WE KNOW THOSE ARE THINGS ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFU IN LIFE.

WE'VE BEEN VERY FOCUSED ON ADDRESSING THOSE ISSUES FOR AL GIRLS, BUT SPECIFICALLY BLAC AND LATINA GIRLS

AND YOU'VE HAD A SIMILA EXPERIENCE

BEFORE I WAS IN GIRL SCOUTS I DIDN'T HAVE MUCH SUPPORT I GREW UP IN AN IMMIGRANT FAMILY WHERE GIRLS DON'T SEEM TO BE ABLE TO GO FAR SINCE I WENT INTO A LOW INCOME MIDDLE SCHOOL, THEY LOST FOCUS THAT KIND OF LED ME TO LOS FOCUS ON MY EDUCATION.

NOT WANTING TO MOVE FORWARD.

THAT WAS HOW IT WAS BEFORE GIR SCOUTS CAME INTO MY LIFE THEN THE CAREER EXPLORATIO PROGRAM CAME IN.

WHICH MY PRINCIPLE AT THE TIME IMPLEMENTED BECAUSE SHE WAS FORMER GIRL SCOUT.

THAT HELPS GIRLS IN FAILIN MIDDLES HAVE A STABL ENVIRONMENT WITHIN THE ENVIRONMENT THAT THEY'RE IN.

SO IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE LACK OF MONEY DIRECTLY.

BUT ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT THAT IS CREATED AND THE COMMUNITY THAT SOME OF THESE GIRLS ARE IN.

CREATING BARRIERS FOR THEM

ABSOLUTELY.

IT IS ALL ABOUT OPPORTUNITY.

WE UNDERSTAND THE GIRLS AR GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY, I THEY'RE EXPOSED TO THE IMPORTANT PROGRAMS THAT ARE GOING TO PREPARE THEM FOR THE FUTURE, THAT THEY HAVE SUPPORTIVE ADULTS WHO ARE ENCOURAGING THEM BEING ROLE MODELS.

THAT THEY WILL RISE TO THE OCCASION AND SO MANY OF OUR UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOL DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES SO IT'S BEEN A FABULOU OPPORTUNITY TO GO INTO THE SCHOOL, DURING THE SCHOOL DA AND OFFER GIRL SCOUTING.

AND WE INTRODUCED GIRLS ON DIFFERENT SUBJECTS, MANY, MANY CAREERS.

WE TOOK THEM INTO THE WORKPLAC TO MEET THE SUCCESSFUL WOMEN S THEY COULD SEE WHAT WA POSSIBLE SO MANY HADN'T BEEN OUTSIDE TH COMMUNITY INTO THE WORK PLACES AND IT ALLOWED THEM TO START T DREAM ABOUT WHAT WAS POSSIBLE.

SO WHAT WAS IT LIKE SEEIN ALL THESE POSSIBILITIES THAT EXISTED?

IT KIND OF OPENED MY EYES A LOT OF THE CAREER THAT YOU WERE TOLD ABOUT, LIKE THE REALLY BIG ONES LIKE DOCTORS, LAWYERS WASN'T SOMETHING THAT REALLY WAS LIKE, OH, THAT'S SOMETHING I SEE MYSELF DOING AND WE GOT SHOWN CAREERS IN MATH AND SCIENCE AND I WAS REALLY INTO MATH AND SCIENCE.

OH, THIS LOOKS FUN THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO.

AND IT WAS LIKE, IT WAS SHOWIN YOU WOMEN WHO WERE IN YOUR PLACE WHEN THEY WERE YOUR AGE.

BUT WHO MOVED FORWARD AND GO THROUGH ALL THAT INTO TH AMAZING POSITIONS THAT THEY WERE IN

AND WHAT'S VERY INTERESTING MANY GIRLS RECEIVED NEGATIVE MESSAGES ABOUT THEIR ABILITIES IN MATH AND SCIENCE.

SO AS THEY MOVE INTO HIGH SCHOOL THEY HAVE SUBJECTS THAT WON' PREPARE THEM AND WE KNOW THAT FIELD IS WHER THERE WILL BE THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITY FOR ACHIEVING CHEC SELF-SUFFICIENCILY SO WE'RE VERY FOCUSED ON DEMYSTIFYING MATH AND SCIENC AND THEN INTRODUCING THEM TO WOMEN WHO ARE ALREADY THERE TO BREAK DOWN THE BARRIERS IN THEIR MINDS AND IN TERMS OF NEGATIVE MESSAGES

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CA HELP THE GIRL SCOUTS OF GREATE NEW YORK, LOGON TO OUR WENLT AND TO WATCH MORE CHASING TH DREAM STORIES ON POVERTY AND OPPORTUNITY IN AMERICA, VISI THE CHASING THE DREA PROJECT.ORG.

> SHAKESPEARE WITH A TWIST WE MARK IV HUNDRED YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF THE THI PLAYWRIGHT THIS IS CALLED DRUNK SIMPLE ONE CAST MEMBER DRINKS FIV SHOTS OF WHISKEY EVERY NIGHT BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO PERFORM A SHAKESPEAREAN PLAY THAT'S RIGHT YOU HEARD ME CORRECTLY, IT I NOT JUST THE ACTORS GETTIN JOLLY.

THE AUDIENCE IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE.

THE PEOPLE BEHIND IT, A SOCIET OF ACTORS IN NEW YORK WHO CALL THEMSELVES PROFESSIONAL DRINKERS WITH A SERIOUS SHAKESPEARE PROBLEM.

WE'RE JOINED BY VETERAN MEMBER OF THE CAST.

WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT YOU'RE BOTH HERE BOTH SOBER AT THIS POINT

YES

WHO CAME UP WITH THIS

IT WAS MARINE 2014 WHEN W FIRST STARTED.

OUR PRODUCER SCOTT GRIFFIN HAD SEEN A SHOW IN SCOTLAND THAT WAS SIMILAR TO WHAT HE WANTED TO DO.

HE WANTED TO BRIT TO THE STATES.

HE MET UP WITH DAVID HUDSON AN THE COMPANY THREE-DAY HANGOVER THEY SPECIALIZE PUTTING ON SHOWS IN BARS SO HE THOUGHT THEY WER THE RIGHT PEOPLE

WHY SHAKESPEARE

IT IS A UNIVERSAL KIND OF ART FORM AT THIS POINT IN AMERICA, MOST PEOPLE HAVE T ENCOUNTER AND ENGAGE WITH IT

> SHAKESPEARE OR ALCOHOL

SHAKESPEARE WELL, IT DEPENDS ON WHAT PART OF COUNTRY YOU COME FROM.

SO THIS WAS A GREAT WAY FO DOING A SHOW THAT COULD REACH, HAVE A WIDE AUDIENCE SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE COULD GE A WIDE ANGLE ON.

IS IT MACBETH

YES

WHY MACBETH

WELL, MACBETH IS A VERY, VERY DARK PLAY.

THERE'S A LOT OF TRAGEDY AND MURDER

WE KNOW THE ONLY WAY GET TO THROUGH TRAGEDY IS -

ALCOHOL

NOT ONLY THAT IT IS REALLY FUN TO JUXTAPOSE IT WITH SOMEONE WHO IS DRINKING BUT HE WROTE A VERY GREA CHARACTER WHO IS VERY FOND O DRINKING INTO MACBETH.

SO IT'S A NATURAL

YEAH.

IT FITS RIGHT IN

SO IT IS ALWAYS WHISKEY

WELL, THAT IS A MISNOMER.

I'M A TEQUILA DRINKER.

SO YOU'RE DOING SHOTS O TEQUILA.

HE IS THE ONLY ONE.

YEAH SO IT IS DEALER'S CHOICE OBVIOUSLY.

WHATEVER YOU FEEL COMFORTABL DRINKING

AND YOURS IS?

NOT JUST WHISKEY.

FIRE BALL WHISKEY.

IT TASTES LIKE CANDY.

GETS A LITTLE CINNAMON KICK TO IT.

LESS TASTING LIKE DIESEL FUE LIKE I FEEL TEQUILA CAN TAST SOMETIMES.

WE LIKE TO DO A FUN ONE --

THE SPEED RACK.

EVERY BAR TENDER IN FRONT OF THEM HAS VODKA, GYM, RUM TEQUILA AND WHISKEY.

SO I WILL DO A SHOT OF EACH.

THAT PROBABLY HITS YOU HARD HE

WE ARE NOT ONLY ARTISTS WE ARE ALSO SCIENTISTS AND I YOUR SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENT, WHAT IS IT LIKE THE FIRST TIME YO DID YOUR SHOW IN THAT STATE?

YOU CAN'T REALLY PREPARE FO IT

DID YOU REMEMBER YOUR LINES

I DID REMEMBER MY LINES I'VE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO MEMORIZE LINES PRETTY WELL WHAT HAPPENED WITH ALCOHOL I YOUR BRAIN IT IS LIKE YOU HAVE THIS ON YOUR SHOULDER OH, LOOK HE IS SMILING WEIRD.

YOU SHOULD SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THAT AND YOU KIND OF HAVE TO LET IT TAKE YOU OVER WHILE AT THE SAM TIME, STAYING IN CONTROL AND KNOWING WHERE YOU ARE IN THE PLAY AND WHAT SHOULD B HAPPENING HOW DO YOU PLAY OFF OF THAT

WELL, AS A SOBER ACTOR, YOU'RE KIND OF ALONG FOR THE RIDE WHICH IS AN EXHILARATING EXPERIENCE AND YOU KNOW, IT IS A LOT OF JUST SAYING, ABSOLUTELY.

SAYING, YES.

DID YOU STAY CLOSE TO THE SCRIPT

WE TRIED TO WE HAVE A DIFFERENT SCRIPT THA IN WE WERE THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY DOING MACBETH.

> DO YOU GET AUDIENCE DRUN WITH YOU

WE TRY EVERYTHING YES, YES

THAT COULD BE COMPLICATING IN AND OF ITSELF.

I THINK IT IS A LOT MORE FUN.

AND IT MAKES THE MATERIAL OF WHAT WE'RE DOING A LOT LES INTIMIDATING FOR SOME PEOPLE A LOT OF PEOPLE READ THIS ON SHAKESPEARE PLAY IN HIGH SCHOO AND FELT LIKE IT IS A LITTLE TOO HIGH BROW FOR ME I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT.

I CAN'T GET THAT BUT IT IS A LOT OF FUN

WE'RE NOT ENCOURAGING ANYBODY TO ABUSE ALCOHOL BUT IF YOU'RE GOING TO, SHAKESPEARE.

A GOOD WAY TO DO IT.

WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING ON

THANK YOU

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