Play On Shakespeare in partnership with Classic Stage Company and Oregon Shakespeare Festival present 39 readings from the Play on! Shakespeare translation project. OSF commissioned 36 playwrights—more than half are women and more than half are playwrights of color, each paired with a dramaturg—to translate Shakespeare’s works into contemporary modern English to celebrate the enduring impact of the Bard’s plays. These commissions challenge the playwrights to bring the same level of dramatic pressure and rigor of language to their work as is present in the originals, deepening our understanding and engagement with Shakespeare.
Join us for the rare opportunity to hear so many plays attributed to the Bard in such a short time frame. Pick and choose the plays you’d like to experience — Hear your favorites or take in some of the more obscure plays. All are presented in a new light with language from some of the most exciting playwrights working today.
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