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The world of Shakespeare is vast. Perhaps more books have been written about
Shakespeare and his plays, language and characters than any other subject in the world. Nearly every English speaking school in the world teaches Shakespeare, and every year English departments from universities around the world graduate new Shakespeare scholars.

Actors love to perform Shakespeare yet live in fear of performing the Bard’s works well, considering it the highest of acting challenges.

Shakepeare’s plays are produced all over the world—Africa, Japan, China, India, Europe, as well as here in the United States. Festivals and theater companies dedicating parts of their season Shakespeare abound in every state – from the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival to the high-profile Public Theater in New York.

But despite the availability and abundance of Shakespeare, many people avoid exposure to the works. Perhaps it’s fear of not understanding the plays or an assumption that it’s “old school” and not relevant.

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