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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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RCC students performing updated “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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Theater art students at Rogue Community College will present a version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that has been adapted to modern-day language. Performances are scheduled 3-4:15 p.m. June 6 and 11 in the Rogue Auditorium, RCC Redwood Campus, 3345 Redwood Hwy.

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Audio Short Cuts!

July 2, 2012 By Adam Kampe Image of cassette tapes used courtesy of Seth Illys on WikiMedia Commons One of the most frustrating things about compelling interviews is editing. Often there is so much great video or audio (aka “tape,” in the parlance of audiophiles) that a lot of wonderful sound and images get cut. […]

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Happy Birthday to the Bard

April 23, 2012 By Paulette Beete and Rebecca Gross For a guy who likely never advanced beyond grammar school, who made up words, and was once called an “upstart crow” by a critical peer, Shakespeare’s done pretty well for himself. Almost certainly the most produced playwright of all time, and likely the most quoted as […]

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Shakespeare class starts April 20 at Wilsonville Public Library

Come to Wilsonville Public Library to brush up on your Shakespeare being performed this season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Join Prof. John Ehrstine in readings and discussion of Julius Ceasar, Love&apo…

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