The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1717 Monday, 11 September 2000.
Date: Monday, 11 Sep 2000 07:15:21 -0700
Subject: Romeo & Juliet 2 weeks only!
The African-American Shakespeare Company Sets
Romeo & Juliet in Cuba!
- Classic Love Story Unfolds Amidst Latin and Afro-Cuban Theme -
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20, 2000 - You have likely seen "Romeo &
Juliet" on stage or screen - in one adaptation or another ... but set in
Cuba during Carnival? The African American Shakespeare Company (AASC)
brings this historic masterpiece to San Francisco with its exotic ethnic
portrayal of the William Shakespeare classic. The amazing live stage
play, directed by and Durand Garcia, is the second of four productions
during the Company's 2000-2001 season. "Romeo & Juliet" will run from
October 5 through October 15, 2000 at Everett Middle School (450 Church
Street) in San Francisco.
The African American Shakespeare Company is known to take liberties with
its portrayal of European classics. It has outdone itself with this
one. Set in modern Cuba, the story commences one blistering evening
just days before Carnival, where Romeo and Juliet's families first meet
in a busy and run-down public square. Hence, the love story begins among
the color, music and excitement of the Carnival celebration. African
music, a salsa dance party and a capoeira street fight with machetes are
among the flurry of activity as the stage is set for this modern and
unrivaled adaptation of the 400-year-old love tragedy.
What: Romeo & Juliet
When: Oct. 5 - Oct. 15, 2000; Thurs. - Sat. @ 8pm and Sunday @ 2pm
Where: Everett Middle School (450 Church Street), San Francisco
Price: $20 - $23
Tix: www.Acteva.com/go/Shakes www.UrbanEvents.com or call 415-333-1918
"We hope to develop a broader audience for the Company's work," explains
the play's director, Durand Garcia. "We are reaching out to the diverse
San Francisco Bay Area community through the combination of several
Latin American and African cultural elements with this production."
Having completed its successful four-week production of "Pygmalion" in
July, the African-American Shakespeare Company continues to bring its
unique theatrical concepts to the stage in a manner that guarantees that
the classics can be understood and enjoyed by all.
"Believe it or not, crusty ol' Shaw comes willingly into the year 2000.
Stingily-Christian and her cast have adapted the play with intelligence
and attention to detail."
"Strong performances . . . make this a decent version of the old play,
the funniest scenes charged by fresh dialect."
"... the cast was able to make the words sparkle and play freshly minted
at Thursday's opening performance. It is really remarkable how Shaw's
thoughts about language, morality and human nature move easily across
time, geography and ethnicity."
Contra Costa Times
The AASC's two final uniquely adapted productions for the current season
will be Cinderella and The Tempest.
ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY: Founded in 1993 by Sherri
Young, the AASC produces European classical works with an
African-American cultural perspective. Its mission is to provide
opportunities and accessibility for minority artists and their community
to view these works in a manner that is inclusive of their cultural
heritage and identity.
The African American-Shakespeare Company employs thirty actors and ten
designers each year. The Company includes a full production season; an
after school program;a school touring component; and a Summer Youth
Troupe. The AASC is the recipient of recognition from fellow artists
and critics throughout the Bay Area.
For further information about AASC, this season's productions or to
order tickets,please visit the Company's web site at
Envisioning the Classics with Color!
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PR, et Cetera
Theater Production Contact
African-American Shakespeare Company
Sherri Young, Executive Director