Is Shakespeare Modern Enough?

 

The recent announcement about Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s three year project that will commission modern playwrights to translate Shakespeare’s plays into modern English has caused quite a stir within the theatre community. The news first broke Monday when Playbill spilled the big announcement with very few particulars.  Classical theatre lovers and English majors alike have since been left scratching their heads – WHY would a Shakespeare company do this? The chatter on Facebook alone has been fervent with commenters lamenting the dumbing down of