Cason Murphy published in internationally-renowned Shakespeare Bulletin journal


Cason Murphy, assistant professor of theatre, was recently published in Shakespeare Bulletin, with his performance review of a digital production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” produced by Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival in the Winter 2021 volume of the journal. Shakespeare Bulletin is an internationally-renowned peer-reviewed quarterly journal which publishes articles at the cutting edge of Shakespearean and early modern performance studies and theatre history.

The production featured 12 “quarantined” actors across the United States playing a 16-bit video game inspired by the action of Shakespeare’s comedy. This unique metatheatrical production concept, devised by director James Cougar Canfield, emerged in response to a need to shift Flagstaff Shakespeare’s repertory model online as COVID-19 rapidly spread during the pre-production period.

Six people in an online meeting play a video game together
The ensemble in “As You Like It,” Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival. Screenshot by Cason Murphy, with permission of Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival.

Murphy teaches courses in acting foundations, musical theatre, acting for the camera, script analysis and introduction to performing arts. He is the author of “The World at Play: Performance from the Audience’s Perspective,” and the recipient of the 2021 ISU Early Achievement in Teaching Award and the LAS Cassling Family Faculty Award for Early Achievement in Teaching. This spring, he is directing a workshop production of the new musical “BABA,” written by Jessica Kahkoska and Elliah Heifetz for ISU Theatre’s 2021-2022 season.