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In 2015, Play On Shakespeare started as a commissioning project at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) to translate Shakespeare’s work into contemporary modern verse and make his plays accessible to students and communities around the world! Inspired by education activities—such as presenting translated prologues during pre-shows, hosting a school visit program, and continued artist learning at the Black Swan Lab at OSF—we knew we could crack open Shakespeare in a way that everyone could experience Shakespeare’s work anew. Once we hired playwrights and dramaturgs to translate all 39 of Shakespeare’s plays, we knew that it would pay off to try it in translation!
In the eight years since, we have produced 55 productions in 4 countries, and now we’re returning home for the 2024 OSF Season as a collaborating partner with Portland Center Stage and upstart crow collective to produce Sean San José’s Coriolanus, directed by OSF’s newly appointed Associate Artistic Director, Rosa Joshi. Learn more about the production below!
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Coriolanus tells a story of civil unrest, political upheaval, and a war hero who is driven to defend and then destroy his own country—a powerful message about the fragility of democracy that will resonate in an election year. This movement-focused production will feature a diverse cast of female and non-binary actors.
Making the canon more accessible has been no easy feat, but in nearly a decade of collaborations and translating Shakespeare’s work into contemporary English, we’ve gained insight on the variety of ways audiences learn. Whether you enjoy reading, listening, or watching live productions, we have something for you! From publications now available at ACMRS Press to full audio plays available at Play On Podcasts to Play On Shakespeare productions available in 2024, we hope you join us for our homecoming!
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The Harvard Crimson reviews Actor’s Shakespeare Project’s production of Coriolanus, translated by Sean San José. Review written by Sophia N. Downs.
Edge Media Network interviews Sean San José about his Coriolanus translation and production at Actors’ Shakespeare Project.
Actor Genevieve Simon discusses their role of Coriolanus at Actors’ Shakespeare Project in an interview with Edge Media Network.