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"Romeo & Juliet" with a Mexican-American Twist
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0223  Friday, 8 May 2009

From:       Ann Ciccolella <
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Date:       Thursday, 7 May 2009 09:16:31 -0500
Subject:    "Romeo & Juliet" with a Mexican-American Twist

Austin Shakespeare
"Romeo & Juliet" with a Mexican-American Twist

Austin TX at  Zilker Park, Sheffield Hillside Theatre
8:00pm Thursdays- Sundays. May 7th- June 7th
Special Mother's Day matinee May 1 at 2:00pm   FREE!

 From May 7th to June 7th Austin Shakespeare presents Shakespeare's most 
popular play "Romeo & Juliet" with a bilingual, bicultural twist. Set in 
Central Texas in the 1940's, this new take on "Romeo & Juliet" features 
Shakespeare's own text, intermixed with a good dose of colloquial Tejano 
Spanish.

In addition to the classic story of two young people who fall in love, 
but whose feuding families loathe one another, audiences can expect men 
decked out in three-piece "zoot" suits, topped with fedoras, in zealous 
knife fights and women in full skirts, swing dancing at Juliet's 
Quinceanera.

"We wanted to embrace Texas' rich Mexican-American culture and present 
Romeo & Juliet within this context, in an interesting and fun way," 
commented Artistic Director of Austin Shakespeare Ann Ciccolella. "We 
have a cast filled with actors who are dynamic and comical. They make 
Shakespeare totally accessible and amusing . . . in English and in Spanish!"


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