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Don't Quill the Messenger: Shakespeare Authorship Explored

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Was the name signed to the world's most famous plays and poems a pseudonym? Was the man from Stratford that history attributed the work to even capable of writing them? Join Theatrical Actor/Writer/Director and Shakespeare connoisseur Steven Sabel as he welcomes a variety of guests to explore liter… read more

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The 17 Solution

June 22nd, 2022


Steven welcomes independent Canadian researcher, Ron Roffel, to discuss what Ron calls "The 17 Solution" to anomalies within the First Folio of 1623. …

SAQ Your Students

June 8th, 2022


Steven welcomes Dr. David Montee, recognized for his Excellence in Theatre Education by the prestigious Tony Awards, to discuss his book, "Don't Put Your Daughter On The Stage?" and the importance of teaching the …

Power of the Polymath

May 25th, 2022


Steven welcomes the creator of to the program to discuss the theory based on the evidence that the true author of the works …

Shakespeare's Changeling

May 11th, 2022


Steven welcomes author Syril Levin Kline to the program to discuss her award-winning historical fiction novel, "Shakespeare's Changeling," about the Shakespeare Authorship Question. Kline shares some insight into her …

A New Chapter for DQTM

April 27th, 2022


Steven welcomes Producer Jake back onto the program to discuss a new chapter in the Don't Quill the Messenger story including some history and insight into the podcast's relationship with our former sponsor, Steven's …

Shakespeare Readers

March 16th, 2022


Steven welcomes former librarian and staunch Shakespeare enthusiast, Ray Matthews, to the series to discuss Ray's creation of a Shakespeare Readers group in his community. Ray shares the details of the origins of the …

A Living Record

March 2nd, 2022


Steven welcomes actor, writer, author Hank Whittemore back to the series to discuss Hank's new compact version of his seminal Oxfordian book, "The Monument." This new version, titled "The Living Record" breaks down the …

Why We Care

February 16th, 2022


Steven welcomes back his wife, Annie, to discuss various ways the works of Shakespeare have been modernized or conceptualized in efforts to keep them relevant and appealing to audiences for more than four centuries. …

Oxford's Voices

February 2nd, 2022


Steven welcomes Robert Prechter to the series to discuss his more than two decades of research into Elizabethan and Jacobean literature to determine how many works were written by the Earl of Oxford, but published under …

Three Year Anniversary!

January 19th, 2022


Steven welcomes back Actor and Filmmaker and Don’t Quill The Messenger producer, Jake Lloyd Bacon, for the Three Year Anniversary of the Podcast! The duo chat about the past year of the show, read some Apple Podcast …

Or What You Will...

January 5th, 2022


Steven hosts a special Twelfth Night episode diving into the origins and Oxfordian connections to the Shakespeare play that has two titles and a potential date span of 20 years from the date of incidents and people …

Alas, Bloody Titus!

December 22nd, 2021


Steven welcomes back popular guest, Dr. Earl Showerman, to discuss his research into the Bard's bloodiest play, "Titus Andronicus." Together, Steven …

John Dee and the Power of 3

December 8th, 2021


Steven finally welcomes international guest and current president of the DeVere Society, Alexander Waugh, to the series to discuss Waugh's work with …

Personal Oxfordian Milestones

November 24th, 2021


Steven is flying solo this week to share his personal progression as an Oxfordian, from his first introduction to the Shakespeare Authorship Question …

Begin at the Beguine

November 10th, 2021


Dorothea Dickerman returns as Steven’s guest to discuss why the 3649 lines of poetry in "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lucrece" are well worth the read for Quillers on the trail of the Shakespeare authorship …

Social Media for Skeptics

October 27th, 2021


Virginia Tech English Professor Shelly Maycock joins Steven to discuss the history and importance of the popular ShakesVere Facebook Group. Together, …

From the Source's Mouth

September 29th, 2021


Steven welcomes Mark Andre Alexander, organizational management and development expert, 35-year Oxfordian, and curator of the Shakespeare Authorship …

Dating Shakespeare

September 15th, 2021


Steven welcomes Kevin Gilvary, president of the De Vere Society in the UK, and editor of the masterful book, "Dating Shakespeare's Plays," to discuss …

Going Gonzo

September 1st, 2021


Steven welcomes Emmy Award-winning composer and Shakespeare Authorship educator, Daniel Steven Crafts, to discuss his creation of Gonzo Opera and the class he teaches on the Shakespeare Authorship Question for the …

An Honourable Dedication

August 18th, 2021


Steven welcomes Bonner Miller Cutting, author of "Necessary Mischief," back to the series to discuss her interpretation of the most glowing dedication of "Venus and Adonis" to the 3rd Earl of Southampton. Together they …

Writer and Director

August 4th, 2021


Steven unravels the clues the playwright has embedded in the text to inform actors how to deliver his lines and understand his characters and suspects these clues prove the author was also a skilled director.

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Translating Irish Clues

July 21st, 2021


Steven welcomes Dublin-based lawyer, Rosemary O'Loughlin, to the series to discuss her discovery of what she believes are Oxfordian allusions contained within Irish playwright Brian Friel's play, "Translations." …

Stratfordianism as Religion

June 23rd, 2021


Steven welcomes John Brooks to the series. Brooks is the host of the podcast, "Hard To Believe," and a Connecticut prep school religious studies …

Quiller Clare Conversions

June 9th, 2021


All the way from the Turks and Caicos Islands, Steven talks with international listener, Clare Jaget (aka Quiller Clare), about how she became an Oxfordian, discovered our show, and what it was like to arrange a …

A Patsy by Any Other Name

May 26th, 2021


Steven welcomes back his most popular guest of 2020, researcher and author Katherine Chiljan, to discuss how the man from Stratford became a …

But Mad North-Northwest

May 12th, 2021


Steven speaks with investigative journalist Michael Blanding about his new book exploring the research of Dennis McCarthy who points to Sir Thomas North as an undiscovered source of Shakespearean writings.

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The Problem Play : Troilus and Cressida

April 29th, 2021


Steven welcomes Dr. Earl Showerman back to the program to discuss the many mysterious aspects of the providence of Troilus and Cressida and the many autobiographical aspects of the play which tie it so strongly to the …

Shakespeare on Film

April 14th, 2021


Steven welcomes his wife, actress Annie Sabel, back to the program to discuss some of their favorite Shakespearean film adaptations, and some of the stinkers they can't bear to watch. From Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, to …

Shakey's Madness

March 31st, 2021


Steven welcomes author Robert Boog to the program to discuss his work, "Shakey's Madness," which explores evidence in the works of Shakespeare and the life of Edward de Vere suggesting he may have suffered from a mental …


March 17th, 2021


Steven welcomes back Dr. Earl Showerman to discuss the line-up for the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship's April 10 online virtual symposium, featuring …

Good Night, Sweet Prince?

March 3rd, 2021


Steven welcomes William Boyle, retired librarian and founder of the New England Shakespeare Oxford Library, to discuss his 40-year history with Oxfordianism and why the controversial Prince Tudor theory of Shakespeare …

For the Love of Shakespeare

February 17th, 2021


Steven welcomes back Dorothea Dickerman to discuss the major romantic relationships in Edward de Vere's life, how they are reflected in the Shakespeare canon, and how they shaped the early feminism found in the works.

She Will Not Be A Mother

February 3rd, 2021


Steven welcomes back second generation Oxfordian Bonner Miller Cutting to explore the tenth chapter in Bonner's book, "Necessary Mischief," covering her research into theories that Queen Elizabeth may have had an …

Two Year Anniversary

January 20th, 2021


It is the two year anniversary of Don't Quill the Messenger! Steven welcomes back actor, filmmaker, and producer of the show Jake Lloyd Bacon to read listener emails and reviews and take a look back at year two before …

Good Alone is Good Without a Guest!

January 6th, 2021


In this episode, host Steven Sabel takes a suggestion from a listener and uses it to tackle the troublesome, so-called "problem" plays of the Bard's canon.

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Even More of the 100 Reasons

December 23rd, 2020


Steven welcomes Hank Whittemore back to the show for the second of back-to-back episodes exploring further entries in Whittemore's book, "100 Reasons Shake-Speare Was The Earl of Oxford." In this episode they discuss …

More of the 100 Reasons

December 9th, 2020


Steven welcomes Hank Whittemore back to the show for the first of a two-part series of episodes exploring further entries in Whittemore's book, "100 Reasons Shake-Speare Was The Earl of Oxford." In this episode, they …

Epistemic Injustices

November 25th, 2020


Steven and University of Winnipeg Librarian Michael Dudley talk about Dudley's application of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher …

The Italian Job

November 11th, 2020


Steven welcomes prominent real estate lawyer Dorothea Dickerman to the show to discuss her tactic of actually touring the sites of Italy found in Shakespeare's plays as a means to expose her lawyer husband to the …

Evidently Evidenceless

October 28th, 2020


Steven welcomes guest Alex McNeill to the podcast to discuss his nearly three decades of involvement with the Oxfordian movement, McNeill's analysis …

Oxfordian 22

October 17th, 2020


Dr. Earl Showerman and host Steven Sabel record a DQTM episode during the SOF livestream online Shakespeare Authorship Symposium. The focus of their discussion if the research of Ramon Jimenez, who has a featured piece …

Shakespeare's "Herodotus"

September 30th, 2020


Ben August, member of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship Board of Trustees, successful businessman and Napa Valley winemaker, joins host Steven Sabel …

Shakepeare Authorship Symposium

September 16th, 2020


Dr. Earl Showerman returns to join host Steven Sabel to highlight the details of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship's virtual online Shakespeare …

Stratfordian Intolerance

September 2nd, 2020


Dr. Roger Stritmatter, full professor of humanities at Coppin State University and leading Oxfordian, returns to the series to discuss dealing with …

One Pretty Secret

August 19th, 2020


Independent researcher Heidi Jannsch joins host Steven Sabel for an intriguing discussion about the writings of Gervase Markham and his references to the "pretty secret" in the deVere family history. Jannsch, has a …

The Bard of War

August 5th, 2020


Retired professor of theatre, English, and political science, with a master's degree in Shakespeare studies from Brunel University, is writing a book …

Shakespeare Auteur

July 25th, 2020


Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan returns to update host Steven Sabel on the global release of her Oxfordian documentary, and share information about her next projects, including a new book titled, "Shakespeare Auteur."

Shakespearean Leading Man

July 8th, 2020


Shakespearean leading man, Christopher Karbo, joins host Steven Sabel to discuss tackling the canon in a 52-week process from live readings to virtual meetings and everything in between for 2020.

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Shakespeare's Sexuality

June 24th, 2020


Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship President John Hamill joins Steven for a discussion about Shakespeare's sexuality and aspects of the plays and poems some view as homoerotic or bisexual in their themes.

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A Journalist's Curiosity

June 10th, 2020


Steven welcomes retired Washington Post journalist and president emeritus of the National Press Foundation, Robert Meyers, to discuss how a journalist's curiosity led to discovery of Edward de Vere as the true …

Shakespeare Suppressed

May 27th, 2020


Steven is joined by historian Katherine Chiljan, author of "Shakespeare Suppressed," in an intriguing discussion about the suppression of the works of Shakespeare, and the reasons behind it.

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Poetry Was the World

May 13th, 2020


Guelph University professor of English and theatre, Sky Gilbert, PhD, critically acclaimed novelist and playwright discusses his new book with Steven as they explore the power of language a time when poetry was the …

Prince of the Oxfordian Revolution : Remembering Tom Regnier

April 29th, 2020


Steven is joined by his wife, Annie, and Dr. Earl Showerman to honor the passing of colleague, friend, and Prince of the Oxfordian Revolution, Tom …

"My dearest partner of greatness"

April 15th, 2020


Steven's wife, Annie, sits in the host's chair and asks compelling questions of Steven and returning guest, Dr. Earl Showerman, including a few curve balls the two Oxfordians do their best to hit out of the park.

Shakespeare's Political "Dream"

April 1st, 2020


Dr. Earl Showerman returns to the program to discuss with Steven the various and very dangerous political aspects of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Bring Home the Bacon

March 18th, 2020

Steven welcomes Carole Sue Lipman, president of the Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable to discuss the her work with the global forum as well as the …

Physics of an Oxfordian

March 4th, 2020


Former physics teacher, now thespian of the stage and converted Oxfordian, native Brit Tom Woosnam, shares his story with with Steven.

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What Bloody Tragedy is That?

February 19th, 2020


Dr. Earl Showerman returns to the show to discuss with Steven the influences of classic Greek Literature as source material for the popular (and …

Beggar's Books & Noble's Blood

February 7th, 2020


Steven is flying solo in this very unique episode of Don't Quill the Messenger to discuss his personal library and the books within in that he feels …

One Year Anniversary

January 15th, 2020


Steven welcomes actor/film director and producer of the show, Jake Lloyd back to the program to discuss the first year of Don't Quill the Messenger! The two reminisce about their favorite episodes and the conversations …

Is there a Doctor in the House?!

January 1st, 2020


Retired ER physician Earl Showerman returns as a guest to speak with Steven about Shakespeare’s advanced and extensive medical knowledge as found within the 700 or more medical references in the canon.

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Oxfordian Actors Bucket List

December 18th, 2019


Steven welcomes his wife, Annie, back to the program to discuss some of the roles they both hope to play on stage some day, and the Oxfordian …

Into the Breach

December 4th, 2019


Actor, fight coordinator, and Society for Creative Anachronism combat veteran, Jesse Durant, joins Steven to talk about medieval and Renaissance combat in connection with the Shakespearean canon.

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The French Connection

November 20th, 2019


Steven talks with Elisabeth Waugaman, PhD in medieval French studies, about the evidence of influence upon the works of the Bard derived from French …

Married Into It

November 6th, 2019


Steven welcomes his wife, Shakespearean actress Annie Freeman Sabel, to the program to describe what it was like to marry an Oxfordian, and share her personal journey with the Shakespeare Authorship Question.

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Monumental Conversations

October 23rd, 2019


Emmy Award-Winning writer, actor, and author Hank Whittemore returns to discuss his seminal publication on the Shake-Speare sonnets, "The Monument," and his interpretation of the relationships found within the poetry.

Mischievous Minutiae

October 9th, 2019


Returning guest Bonner Miller Cutting joins Steven to discuss her new book, "Necessary Mischief," with chapters on the Earl of Oxford's thousand pound annuity, censorship, torture, and punishment of writers in …

Collegiate Questions

September 25th, 2019


Steven welcomes Clark State College theatre professor Theresa Lauricella to discuss the results of her raising the Shakespeare Authorship Question to …

Love Boat to Cyprus

September 11th, 2019


Actor, producer, director, and writer Ted Lange talks with Steven about the voyage from television starring in the iconic "Love Boat" to training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts to becoming the first African …

Shakespeare's Tour, For Sure

August 28th, 2019


Literature professor, Michael Delahoyde of Washington State University joins Steven to discuss Edward de Vere's trail through Italy. Michael has spent the last five summers delving deep into the archives of the Italian …

Speaking Daggers

August 14th, 2019


Steven welcomes Actor/Writer/Filmmaker and the producer of the show, Jake Lloyd onto the podcast to talk about the nature of the Shakespeare authorship conversation and the social habits the conversation tends to …

Act Natural : The Actors Response to the Oxfordian Director

July 31st, 2019


Steven welcomes actors Hilary Weintraub & Alex Wendel into the studio! Hilary and Alex aren't just any actors, though - they've both been in Shakespeare plays that Steven himself directed! What's it like being an …

Just a Few of the Hundred Reasons

July 17th, 2019


Returning guest and accomplished writer Hank Whittemore talks with Steven about his popular book "100 Reasons Shake-speare was the Earl of Oxford." …

Critical Stages

July 3rd, 2019


Returning guest Don Rubin, professor of theatre at York University, Toronto talks with Steven about the special issue of Critical Stages produced by the International Association of Theatre Critics, focused on the …

Let's Grill the Messenger!

June 19th, 2019


Special guest host and international educator, Patricia Carrelli, puts Steven in the hot seat, and asks him about what it is like to direct Shakespeare plays from an Oxfordian position! How does knowledge of the details …

The Pain to Pen the Book

June 5th, 2019


Returning guest Dr. Roger Stritmatter talks with Steven about the new book: "The Poems of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford...and the Shakespeare …

The Bard and the Cards

May 22nd, 2019


Steven welcomes back guests, historical researcher Julie Sandys Bianchi and her son, host of the popular podcast Mythunderstood, Paul Bianchi, to …

Sex and the Sonnets

May 8th, 2019


Returning guest Cheryl Eagan-Donovan sits down with Roger Stritmatter and Charles Boynton to talk all about sex! Specifically how much sex is alluded to within the 154 Shakespeare Sonnets and what it tells us about …

Declaration of Reasonable Doubt

April 24th, 2019


John Shahan of the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition joins Steven to discuss the famous Declaration of Reasonable Doubt, "Shakespeare Beyond Doubt?" and building scrutiny of the obfuscation perpetuated by the Shakespeare …

A Compounded Historical Blunder

April 10th, 2019


Guests Julie Sandys Bianchi, Robert Meyers, and Hank Whittemore discuss the historical implications of the misidentification of the true author of …

New to the S.A.Q.

March 27th, 2019


Steven welcomes Actor/Filmmaker Jake Lloyd Bacon and Writer/Poet Alexandra Hoey to the studio on behalf of YOU the listener! Specifically the listener who may be completely new to the Shakespeare Authorship Question …

The "Truth" of a Documentary

March 13th, 2019


Documentary Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan joins Steven to discuss her new documentary film, "Nothing is Truer Than Truth," covering aspects of the life of Edward de Vere, and his well-documented visit to Italy in 1575.

It was all Greek to me...

February 27th, 2019


Master Scholar Earl Showerman, Theater Professor Theresa Lauricella, and writer and Greek Mythology enthusiast host of the podcast Mythunderstood, …

The Will of Shakspere

February 13th, 2019


We're joined by Bonner Miller Cutting and Professor Don Rubin to discuss the quirky details of the last will and testament of the man from Stratford.

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Shakespeare and the Law

January 30th, 2019


We welcome back special guest Bryan Wildenthal, along with fellow legal eagles Tom Regnier and Mark Andre Alexander to discuss Shakespeare's mastery of the law.

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The Shakespeare Authorship Question 101

January 16th, 2019


Our first guest Bryan Wildenthal joins Steven to help introduce the Shakespeare Authorship Question; its foundations, and the meteoric rise of a top candidate as the true writer.

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An Introduction to the Shakespeare Authorship Mystery

January 2nd, 2019


Theatrical Producer/Director/Actor Steven Sabel introduces you to literary history's greatest mystery and tells you what to expect on Don't Quill the Messenger.

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