No doubt it’s controversial and some might even say blasphemous, but the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s current production of “Much Ado About Nothing” includes contemporary costumes, hip hop, and a Segway.
It’s all part of a project called “Play On” which has commissioned 36 dramatists to modernize the Bard’s complete catalog. “Ranging from award-winning playwrights to up-and-comers and translators, the writers represent a wide diversity of voices: more than half are women and more than half people of color.”
And others seemed poised to join in the fun. The “Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare, and the University of Utah have already agreed to produce future translations.”