Play On Shakespeare

Lue Douthit is the creator and executive director of Play On Shakespeare, a series of translations and adaptations of the entire Shakespeare canon written by some of the most interesting and talented playwrights working today. Lue talks about the program’s origins and aims, and underscores how these adaptations are not meant to replace Shakespeare’s originals, even though they frequently offer insight into them. Featuring the ability to treat Shakespeare as a living playwright and his works as “new plays;” the importance of putting the playwright in the room; the dangers of editing Shakespeare; how flexible these texts are; establishing rules and then bending them; the importance of contrast in Shakespeare; the genius of Shakespeare’s dramaturgy and structure; how 90% of current Shakespeare productions are already adaptations; and the bold and radical idea of giving living playwrights living wages. Recorded in February, 2020. (Length 27:39)

Doug The Time-Traveler

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Episode 621. Processing The Process

Episode 609. Well-Intentioned Director’s Guide

Episode 558. Theatre In Chicago

Episode 539. Encouraging Young Writers

Episode 391. The Director’s Job

Episode 364. Constructing The Narrative

Episode 361. A Comedian’s Prayer

Episode 360. Austin Tichenor’s ‘Frankenstein’

Episode 352. Our Comic Inspirations

Episode 342. ‘Bible’ Down Under

Episode 341. Development Of Comedy

Episode 329. History of Comedy

Episode 276. How We Write

Episode 201. Endings Are Important

Episode 175. Playwrights Who Direct