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Political Interpretations of Shakespeare

A recent production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar has come under fire with for portraying the Roman emperor as what seems to be Donald Trump. But previous productions of the same play have cast Caesar as Obama, and other presidents. In fact, it's not uncommon to cast Shakespeare's words and characters in a modern light. The head of the University of Tennessee's theatre department, Calvin MacLean, tells Morning Edition host Victor Agreda about various productions of Shakespeare's works, how politics and art collide, and whether it’s prudent for corporate sponsors to dictate the terms of artistic license.