Compare six modern plays to their Shakespearean precedents: Shaw’s Pygmalion (The Taming of the Shrew); Chekhov’s Seagull (Hamlet); Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Much Ado About Nothing); Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Hamlet); O’Neil’s The Emperor Jones (Othello); and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (King Lear). The approach will stress performance, such as Paul Robeson as both Othello and Emperor Jones.
Hugh Richmond is a professor emeritus of English at UC Berkeley, with an award for distinguished teaching. His books include Shakespeare’s Theatre, Shakespeare’s Political Plays, Shakespeare’s Sexual Comedy, and Shakespeare’s Tragedies.