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The Bard in Oregon

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Four hundred plus years after his final curtain call, William Shakespeare continues to amuse, inspire and draw crowds. It seems the play’s the thing.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival reports record ticket sales this season. The festival is celebrating its 75th anniversary with productions of The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night, the same plays it opened with in 1935. Shakespeare in the Parks will perform around Portland this summer for its 41st year. And in schools across the country students are discovering, often to their surprise, the raw emotions stirred by those ancient words.

What does the legacy of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and of the Bard himself mean to you?

Do you have fond memories of “discovering” William Shakespeare in school? Are you a regular at the Ashland festival? Did you introduce your children to his plays in the park or read the Classical Comics versions? Do you find Elizabethan english difficult to follow? Do you prefer film adaptions such as the one with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes?


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