No review today.
But maybe–just maybe–a preview.
Last week, the American Shakespeare Center out of Staunton, Virginia, announced year three of their “Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries” initiative.
As they put it on their website,
Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries is a groundbreaking, industry-changing undertaking that is discovering, developing, and producing a new canon of 38 plays that are inspired by and in conversation with Shakespeare’s work. It’s an opportunity for playwrights of every background, perspective, and style to engage with Shakespeare and his stage practices. It’s our chance to bring living writers into the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre: the Blackfriars Playhouse.
This year’s plays are All’s Well That Ends Well, Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus, and Twelfth Night.
It’s that penultimate one that excites me…
In my head, I’ve got a mutated cross between Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Morrison’s Desdemona.
Given the deadline is next summer, time is short… as always…