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.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.