As with many other performing arts organizations, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is always at work to recruit new audience members. The company extends an extra effort to bring in “non-traditional” theater-goers.
OSF actor Vilma Silva believes that Shakespeare is for everyone. She says there’s no reason that a younger, more-diverse audience shouldn’t enjoy his work as much as she does.
“My-my background is Latin American. My parents are from Nicaragua and I was born and raised in San Francisco, a pretty diverse city. I had no problem claiming Shakespeare as my playwright…”
Vilma Silva on Shakespeare's Work
“…When I first read “The Merchant of Venice” — the very first time I read a speech and understood it without having to look at the notes — I went, ‘My gosh, not only do I understand it, but wow, the ideas being expressed are amazing, and it’s really interestingly written…’”
Producer/Writer: Eric Cain