Pictured: Li Jun Li and John Wlliams
Photo credit: Brian Richardson
Romeo, o Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?
In the park, performing for free!
(Thank you! Tip your waitresses! Is this thing on?)
PULSE ENSEMBLE THEATRE BEGINS FREE PERFORMANCES OF SHAKESPEARE’S
ROMEO AND JULIET ON THURSDAY, AUG 3 at 8 PM
AT RIVERBANK STATE PARK
(Riverside Drive & 138th Street)
CONTINUES THROUGH AUGUST 27
as part of HARLEM WEEK
PULSE ENSEMBLE THEATRE begins its annual presentation of free Shakespeare in the open air Riverbank State Park this Thursay, August 3rd at 8 PM with a multi-racial production of ROMEO & JULIET directed by the company’s Artistic Director, Alexa Kelly. Last summer’s production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM attracted over 5,000 people, many of whom had never seen a Shakespeare production before. Set in New York City today, the 90 minute production reflects the urban environment in which it will be seen while emphasizing Shakespeare’s universal appeal. In addition to the professional actors, the company also includes young members of the Harlem community ranging in age from 9 to 22. Ms. Kelly said “We are bringing professional theatre to the community and bringing the community into our production.” The cast features John Williams (Romeo), Li Jun Li (Juliet), Bill Galarno (Friar), Gwendolyn Schwinke (Nurse) and Uzo Aduba (Mercutio). In addition to Ms. Kelly?s direction, the choreography is by Niles Ford, Fight sequences by Mark Silence, Lighting by Eric Larsen, Costumes by Kathryn Rohe, Set design by Elizabeth Mae Bach and Sound by Louis Lopardi.
ALEXA KELLY has directed at the Alliance Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Attic Theatre and Academy Theatre in addition to directing 39 productions for the Pulse Ensemble Theatre which she founded in 1989 to present socially significant theatre.(http://www.alexakellydirector.com)
Performances of ROMEO & JULIET in Riverbank State Park begin August 3rd and continue through August 27, playing Thursday through Sunday at 8 PM on a multi-level set on the Squash Courts overlooking the Hudson River.
For additional information about Pulse Ensemble Theatre call (212) 695-1596 or go to http://www.pulseensembletheatre.org/.
OFF-OFF BROADWAY THEATRE LISTINGS
ROMEO AND JULIET – FREE performance of Shakespeare’s immortal love story presented by Pulse Ensemble Theatre in the open air Riverbank State Park, 138th Street & Riverside Drive. August 3-27. Performances: Thursday through Sunday at 8 PM. Tickets are First come, First served. For additional information call (212) 695-1596 or http://www.pulseensembletheatre.org/