Contemporary Translation of Edward III by Ashland New Plays Festival

Understanding Shakespeare through a Modern Verse Translation:

A contemporary playwright translates Edward III for today’s audiences, to be performed as a dramatic reading March 27 in Ashland, Oregon

By Kara Q Lewis

Afternoon light filters over the laptop of playwright Octavio Solis, who focuses on the screen, puzzling out ways to decipher a difficult verse from William Shakespeare’s play Edward III. After getting sick two weeks earlier, Solis began working from bed. His wife teases him about not using his brand new writing studio. He works intensely and relentlessly: “I get obsessive about it,” he says, “I work on it ‘til 1 or 2 in the morning and then it’s the first thing I do when I wake up.” He continues:

“I’ve enjoyed every second of it. It taps into the part of my brain that likes puzzles. I’m decoding something really intricate and

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Edward III Presented by Play On!, Ashland New Plays Festival

A (New) Shakespeare Play Translated into Modern Language

On March 27, Play on! in collaboration with Ashland New Plays Festival presents EDWARD III by William Shakespeare, translated by Octavio Solis and directed by Dawn Monique Williams

ASHLAND, Ore. — Forget the international debate over translating William Shakespeare’s verse into contemporary modern English. Playwright Octavio Solis, who has been commissioned to translate EDWARD III, says “the controversy should be about why this was not a Shakespeare play before.”

Solis is one of 36 playwrights across the country hard at work translating 39 plays attributed to Shakespeare into modern language. Oregon Shakespeare Festival has innovated the ambitious Play on! project for a purpose. “The clarity we aspire to get from the translations will make us better appreciate the vibrancy of the original,” says OSF’s Artistic Director Bill Rauch.

EDWARD III, which was published anonymously in 1596, has had its authorship argued

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