Barry Edelstein, host of Where There's A Will: Shakespeare Now, is the Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director at San Diego’s The Old Globe and is a stage director, producer, author,…
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The year is 1849, and a riot at a Shakespearean theater has left dozens of people dead. But as it always is with the Bard, there’s more here than meets the eye. Why did some people think Shakespeare was important enough to die for? How did the work of one man writing in Victorian England capture the tensions brewing in a newly independent America? And who, if anyone, is Shakespeare really for?