I just returned from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
I’ve been going there for 20 years and I’ve seen a lot of people come and go from the company.
Will is still a staple – barely. He’s hanging on by his thumbs from Juliet’s balcony.
He can’t be fired because he has top billing.
Shakespeare is not a go-to author for most young people.
I admit even in my day I didn’t take Pericles to the beach.
So they’re marginalizing Will and inserting musicals.
This time it was Guys and Dolls.
But the young loved it.
And that’s what it’s all about.
The next generation.
I’m so sick of hearing this.
It’s as if the world will topple if the young aren’t drawn into the things we love.
I say let them create their own fun and leave Will to hoof it on stage for our sake.
Besides, we’re paying for it, they’re not. They don’t have any money.
Calvin says, “‘The lady doth protest too much, methinks.'”