American Theatre

Offscript: Translating Shakespeare With Lue Douthit

This week’s guest Lue Douthit, director of Play on! at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, discusses translating Shakespeare. Plus the editors talk about Humana.

By American Theatre Editors | April 21, 2016

This week’s guest is Lue Morgan Douthit, interim director of literary development and dramaturgy and director of the controversial Play on! project from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Play on! will be translating 39 Shakespeare plays into contemporary English, and Douthit explains why it’s a good idea and responds to the haters. Two AT pieces come up, OSF artistic director Bill Rauch’s essay about Play on! and John McWhorter’s 2010 editorial advocating for the translation of Shakespeare into more current language.