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Oregon Shakespeare Festival April 2011

Apr 18, 2011

“At first blush a Shakespeare festival doing hip-hop may sound absurd… but I think there’s a real connection between theatrical movements that are about celebrating language and combining slang with elevated poetic forms. Shakespeare grabbed vernacular from the street." -Bill Rauch, OSF artistic director

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Hip Hop Poetry Open Mic Featuring Angela Kariotis pictures and news HERE

Hip Hop Poetry Open Mic and Poets on the Loose pictures and news HERE

This was a great time for me. What’s best is the reciprocal relationship-not only did I share my work at the open mic but I got the chance to see a play at OSF. I was certainly inspired. What I liked best about the open mic was that different kinds of folk were rubbing shoulders, not only in the seats but up at the mic. We heard poems by folk from all ages, styles, experience levels. That was refreshing.- Angela Kariotis