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“Ted Cruz has reminded many of us of Marc Antony trying to thread the needle at Julius Caesar’s funeral,” said Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch, who compared Antony’s artful twisting of the words “honorable man” to Cruz’s memorable use of the phrase “vote your conscience.” “The repeating refrain ‘but he is an honorable man’ so devastatingly communicates the exact opposite of the words’ surface meaning. "‘Vote with your conscience,’ indeed.” #JuliusCaesarOSF #OSF2017
"Shakespeare's writing has a malleability and an accessibility like that of no other dramatist," says film/stage actor David Oyelowo in this USA TODAY piece, which also quotes #TwelfthNightOSF director Christopher Liam Moore and OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch, and calls out our five-Shakespeare season that includes #WintersTaleOSF set in Dynastic China and the American West. #SHX400 #Shakespeare400 #CanonInADecade osfashland.org
A First Folio will be on display at the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Jan. 6-Feb. 7, part of a @folgerlibrary tour to commemorate the 400th anniversary of #Shakespeare's death. In conjunction with the exhibit, on Jan. 9 the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host "Sweetly Writ,” a free gala presentation of scenes from #KingLear, at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts. #Shakespeare400
“I was at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, sort of with 'Star Wars' and mash-ups bouncing around in my brain, and the idea just came to me: ‘Wouldn’t it be fun and weird to rewrite #StarWars as if it were a play written by #Shakespeare?’” @folgerlibrary recently checked in with Oregon's own Ian Doescher (who, as you'll discover, does an incredible Yoda impression) to talk about the inspiration for his "Shakespeare's Star Wars" book series.
"The translation is not to be a paraphrase, nor is it a literal explanation of what’s going on. The translations are not meant to be replacements of the originals. Our mission with this project is to learn a ton about the plays and to create performable companion pieces. They are new plays in that way." Dr. Lue Douthit, OSF's Director of Literary Development & Dramaturgy, shares the vision for Play on: 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare with @howlround. #Shakespeare