Translating Cultures, Cultures of Translation: Dealing with Culturally Unspecific Plays
This post-show talk considers the problems of translating plays from other cultures for the stage, particularly those which seem culturally unspecific.
Playwright Aleksa Okanovic and theatre translators Chris Campbell, David Duchin and Jane House join Margherita Laera for a conversation on translating cultures for the stage. Do plays ‘represent' their language/culture? Can a play operate outside its own language/culture so as to become more transcultural or culturally unspecific? And if so, is the translation of this kind of source less problematic than that of culturally-specific plays?