2017-05-14 03:32:30 UTC
Can you go toe to toe with one of history’s greatest playwrights? Call it
hubris—or a heck of a challenge. Whatever you call it, you can try it with
an international contest in search of partner works to William Shakespeare’s original 38 plays.
As Fine Books & Collections’ Rebecca Rego Barry reports, the American
Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia is hosting a contest in search of
new Shakespeare-adjacent plays. “Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries” will offer
two annual prizes of $25,000 to playwrights who pen the best companion piece to
a Shakespeare play, then given them the cash to come to Staunton and watch
as their modern masterpiece is staged.