Shakespeare's Enduring Relevance

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When it comes to contemporary mass appeal, "Hamlet" may not be "The Hunger Games." But judging from the number of stagings and adaptations happening every day around the world, Shakespeare's views on life and love somehow still resonate. Why do works written over 400 years ago in blank verse and iambic pentameter continue to endure in the Internet age?


Bruce Avery, professor of English at San Francisco State University

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg with the California Shakespeare Theater and author of "The King and I (Shakespeare Now)"

Carey Perloff, artistic director for the American Conservatory Theater

Hugh Richmond, professor emeritus of English at UC Berkeley