Play On Shakespeare, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to exploring the world of Shakespeare in performance through translation and adaptation, today announces their Fall 2022, Winter 2023 & Spring 2023 Seasons.
Fall 2022, Winter 2023 & Spring 2023 Seasons:
Building upon Play On Shakespeare’s mission to enhance the understanding of Shakespeare’s plays in performance, Play On Podcasts bring timeless tales directly to modern audiences. The series – presented by Next Chapter Podcasts in partnership with Play On Shakespeare – has released Macbeth, Pericles, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, King Lear, Twelfth Night and Henry V over the last year and a half. On October 14, Play On Podcasts will release Measure for Measure (translation by Aditi Brennan Kapil; direction by Jessie Austrian) featuring New York’s award-winning Fiasco Theatre ensemble.
The Winter’s Tale (translation by Tracy Young) will follow in December. Additional titles will be announced in early 2023.
Actors’ Shakespeare Project
Translated by: Sean San José
Directed by: Melisa Pereyra
Dates: March 29 – April 23, 2023
In Spring 2023, Actors’ Shakespeare Project will explore Shakespeare’s political thriller, Coriolanus, translated by Sean San José. This production will offer an insight to the impact of violence and political power on marginalized populations and dive into the nuances of advocacy.
Romeo and Juliet
Two River Theater Company & NAATCO
Translated by: Hansol Jung
Directed by: Hansol Jung and Dustin Wills
Dates: April 8 – 30, 2023
In partnership with Two River Theater Company, NAATCO will be producing an all-Asian American production of Romeo and Juliet, translated by Hansol Jung. Hear the classic tragicomedy in a new way as Jung’s language elevates Shakespeare’s stark humor. Last spring, Two River Theater presented Romeo and Juliet as a part of their Benefit Reading Series, with direction by Chay Yew. After the reading series, we are now excited to see Romeo and Juliet in full production by NAATCO this spring.
Details on another collaborative production, scheduled for summer 2023, will be announced shortly.
ACMRS Press [Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies] continues releasing Play On Shakespeare’s translations in print. All 39 titles will be published over the next several years.
MORE ON PLAY ON SHAKESPEARE:
Play On Shakespeare is a non-profit company promoting and creating contemporary modern translations of Shakespeare’s plays. Since its inception in 2015, Play On has commissioned dozens of contemporary playwrights and translators to translate 39 Shakespeare plays into modern English, with a majority of the commissions being helmed by BIPOC and womxn playwrights. Far from a paraphrasing exercise, each playwright was tasked with matching Shakespeare’s linguistic rigor as they approached the text, preserving rhyme, rhythm, metaphor, meter, imagery, symbolism, rhetoric, and the structure that make Shakespeare’s plays engaging and accessible to today’s audience. Play On partners with artists and organizations across the globe to deliver and advocate for these translations through different channels, including theatrical productions, podcasts, publications, and film. For more information, visit playonshakespeare.org. Play On Shakespeare is made possible through generous support of the Hitz Foundation.
ABOUT PLAY ON SHAKESPEARE’S SPONSOR, THE HITZ FOUNDATION:
The Hitz Foundation has projects in science, the arts, and the environment throughout the world. In addition to Play On Shakespeare and Play On Podcasts, the foundation also supports several archaeological projects in northern Guatemala and funded the largest LiDAR mapping ever undertaken for archaeological research to support these projects (discovering 60,000 new Mayan structures). The foundation funds Global Digital Heritage which captures state-of-the-art 3D models of museum collections and heritage sites and shares them with the world at no cost. The foundation also supports several environmental projects including the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, which protects the ecosystems and biodiversity of East Africa through conservation efforts that directly benefit wildlife, wilderness and the local Maasai communities.
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