Posts Categorized: Staging-shakespeare


Love’s Labor’s Lost and screwball comedy

The witty, fast-paced dialogue at the heart of the battle of the sexes in Love’s Labor’s Lost is straight out of a golden-age screwball comedy film.



Richard III: Taffety Punk’s Bootleg Shakespeare

Bootleg Shakespeare is not your typical night at the theater: The actors show up on the day of the performance with only their lines memorized; after a few hours of rehearsals, the audience arrives. It’s a summer theater tradition for Washington’s Taffety Punk Theatre Company, which chooses a different Shakespeare play each time. This summer’s… Continue Reading »



Play On Shakespeare: Reflections from the translation project’s festival of staged readings

Lue Morgan Douthit first wrote about the Play on! project (of which she is the executive director) on the Shakespeare & Beyond blog in February 2018. Since then, we’ve published 10 Q&As with playwrights and dramaturgs engaged in the work of translating Shakespeare’s plays into contemporary English. They shared insights into the translation process and… Continue Reading »


Outdoor Shakespeare: The pioneers of a summer tradition

Shakespeare by the sea, on the river, in the park or garden, on the common – in the summertime Shakespeare’s plays are everywhere outdoors! High-profile shows in New York’s Central Park or at Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival may come to mind for active theatergoers today, but the inspiration for this kind of outdoor performance actually… Continue Reading »


Play on! Q&A: Aditi Kapil on translating ‘Measure for Measure’

In choosing which Shakespeare play to translate for the Play on! project, playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil let herself be influenced by dramaturg Liz Engelman, who was attracted to the themes of Measure for Measure and their resonance in today’s world. Continuing our series of Q&As with Play on! playwrights, Kapil shares about her process for… Continue Reading »



Love’s Labor’s Lost: The end of study

“What’s especially delightful about Love’s Labor’s Lost is that it’s a comedy about melancholy, a satire on youthful arrogance, intellectual pretension, and romantic naiveté,” writes Austin Tichenor.