Timelessness vs. Timeliness

Some theatergoers can only roll their eyes at the lengths to which some contemporary directors will go to “update” classics like Shakespeare for the modern era. But, says director Michael Bogdanov, such modernizations are absolutely necessary for the classics to remain relevant to today’s audiences. “By removing the barriers that exist between the language and the audience, by allowing them to identify with the characters clearly, by associating the events with contemporary politics, I allowed the plays to breathe.”