Beyond the Stage is the Illinois Shakespeare Festival’s running article series on the dramaturgy of the productions in the current season. These articles explore the plays from a wide range of perspectives, from history and literary criticism on the original works to interviews with directors and creative teams. Some articles will be specific to one of the productions while others will highlight connecting threads among all of them. We hope that these articles will inform and enrich your experience at the Festival!
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What does it mean to “adapt” Shakespeare and Austen? What new ideas will our three directors bring, while still preserving the original works’ beautiful language?
Aside from all being "a fresh look at classic stories," how are the three productions in ISF's 2019 season connected?
What was happening in Shakespeare’s life in 1599, the year that he likely wrote As You Like It and Julius Caesar?
Author Nancy Steele Brokaw discusses her Green Show and Theatre for Young Audiences plays for the 2019 season.
How did the English react to the social upheaval in France, which was still ongoing when Austen started writing Pride and Prejudice?
Director Deanna Jent talks about the challenge and fun of adapting Pride and Prejudice for the stage.
What can we learn about courtship culture in Austen's time through the failed marriage proposals in the novel?
Co-adapters Robert Quinlan and Jordan Coughtry discuss what they love most about Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
How does the Forest of Arden fit into the symbolism of forests in Shakespeare’s work, where magic and miracles occur?
Director Quetta Carpenter talks about gender, politics, and the media in her adaptation of Caesar.
Was Julius Caesar a tyrant as the conspirators claimed? And does that justify his assassination?