Théodore Chassériau, Macbeth and Banquo meeting the witches on the heath, 1855, oil on canvas, Musée d'Orsay

Confusion now hath made his masterpiece!
Macbeth, II.iii.61

Last September, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (osf) announced an ambitious project called “Play On! 36 Playwrights Translate Shakespeare.” Predictably, the news that one of America’s leading repertory companies planned to “translate” Shakespeare’s English into a contemporary idiom set off a firestorm, and battle...

 

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