Shakespeare Festival Names First Playwrights for U.S. History Plays
Byline: The Register-Guard
The first seven artists have been selected for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's cycle of new American history plays.
Formally called "American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle," the project has been spearheaded by Bill Rauch, the festival's new artistic director, and Alison Carey, the director of the 10-year project.
The proposed 37-play cycle - 37 is the number of plays in the Shakespearean canon - will be the largest commissioning effort in the festival's history.
The artists are Culture Clash (Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza), David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Robert Schenkkan, Naomi Wallace, and the collaborative team of Jonathan Moscone and Tony Taccone.
'American Revolutions' has been greeted with keen interest from historians, playwrights and OSF audiences since its inception," Rauch said.
"We are overjoyed by the brilliance and the passion for the project that these artists bring to the United States history cycle. …