OSF Re-Writing Shakespeare For Our Time

Oct 5, 2015

Holy Shakespeare!  The Oregon Shakespeare Festival just announced a project to re-write the 39 plays attributed to William Shakespeare into modern English. 

Shakespeare's work is not, in fact, written in stone.
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People who insist that the strength of the plays is the quality of the language may burst a blood vessel. 

But OSF insists the translations--by 36 diverse playwrights paired with dramaturgs--are meant to complement Shakespeare, not replace his work. 

The idea is to make the great works accessible to broader audiences, with great respect for the original material.

OSF Director of Literary Development Lue Douthit and dramaturg Alan Armstrong check in to explain the project, called "Play On!"