In honor of the bard’s birthday we decided to find out what’s so special about staging Shakespeare in Israel
Did Shakespeare ever imagine that his plays would one day be translated to Hebrew? Or staged at a public park in Jerusalem? And is his work even relevant today, for a modern Israeli audience? For Shakespeare’s 435th birthday we decided to check in with TAU’s Department of Theater Arts to find out.
Third-year student Natan Skop was born and raised in New York City, considered one of the global capitals of theater. But for several years before enrolling at TAU, Natan staged Shakespearean plays in Israel, of all places, at a public park in Jerusalem. Curiously, he’s found there’s a particular advantage to staging the bard’s work here in the Middle East.
“Growing up in New York, Shakespeare seemed to be everywhere,” Natan says. “There was a lot of different styles and flavors of presentations to choose from. In Israel, Shakespeare is obviously extremely well known and a classic part of contemporary repertoire, but there isn’t quite the intensity of work being put on.
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