By now, it’s pretty much settled: No one debates that Shakespeare was one of the greatest writers in the English language. What is debatable, however, is just how much today’s audiences actually understand what he was saying.
That’s why the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has launched an unprecedented project to translate the Bard’s entire canon from his original style into contemporary English. The ambitious and controversial experiment, called Play On, will commission 36 dramatists toward that end over three years — beginning with playwright Kenneth Cavander, who has drawn up a pilot version of Timon of Athens.
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