The Winter’s Tale Details

Workshop and Virtual Reading
by William Shakespeare

translated by Tracy Young
Tracy Young’s translation is part of
Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! Project


September 9 to September 11

Join us online to watch a three-day workshop where some of your favorite Portland actors rehearse and
prepare to do a full reading of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

Watch the last hour of each rehearsal workshop on
Wednesday, September 9, at 7 PM PST
Thursday, September 10, at 7 PM PST, and
Friday, September 11, at 5 PM PST

September 12

The workshop will be followed by the online reading of the play
on Saturday, September 12, starting at 12:00 PM PDT.

The schedule on September 12 will include:

Remarks by Lue Douthit, Artistic Director of Play On Shakespeare, and Tracy Young, Playwright
Reading of Acts I and II, followed by a discussion period
Reading of Acts III and IV, followed by a discussion period
Reading of Act V, followed by a discussion period
The discussion periods will include Lue Douthit, Creative Director of Play On Shakespeare, Director Michael Mendelson,
Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Scholar-in- Residence, Ben Pryor, Dramaturg, and the entire cast
The reading is expected to conclude no later than 4:30 PM PDT


  Andrés Alcalá      Antigonus/Shepherd’s Son
  David Bodin*     Cleomenes/Old Shepherd
  Abrar Haque     Florizel/Guard/Gaoler
  Murren Kennedy    Polixenes
  James Luster      Camillo/Servant/Gentleman
  Ashley Mellinger   Hermione/Dorcas/Time
  Michael Mendelson*    Leontes
  Chris Murray*    Archidamus/Autolycus
  Lucy Paschall      Paulina
  Miriam Schwartz     Perdita/Emilia
  Roan Shea   Mamillius/Dion/Mopsa

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

Creative Team

Director & Artistic Director Michael Mendelson^
Managing Director Karen Rathje
Production & Stage Manager Karen Hill
Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner

^Member, Stage Directors, and Choreographers Society

Information About This Version of The Winter’s Tale

The version of The Winter’s Tale that Portland Shakes is doing is a Play On Shakespeare version by playwright and theatre director Tracy Young. Play On Shakespeare was created by Oregon Shakespeare in 2015 to commission 36 playwrights to translate 39 plays attributed to Shakespeare into contemporary, modern English. More information about Play On Shakespeare and its history appears HERE:

You can read more about Tracy Young HERE (scroll to the bottom of the link):

Information About William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

We have two exceptional articles to recommend to get you started reading about The Winter’s Tale. The first is Jeanette Winterson’s article about her novel, The Gap of Time, which is a retelling of Shakespeare’s play. Winterson’s article appears in The Guardian HERE:

The second is an article in the New Yorker by Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, our Scholar-in-Residence, where he discusses Winterson’s novel.

Synopsis of The Winter’s Tale

A synopsis of The Winter’s Tale is HERE.

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