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by the same source material that inspired Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet,
Lope de Vega takes the audience on a different and delightful
journey in his tragicomic telling of the classic tale. Dakin Matthews's
rhyming verse translation brings the Spanish classic back to
sparkling life on stage–and, in this case, ONLINE.
A recording of the live performance
will be available for a strictly limited time thru Sunday,
September 18 at 11:59 PM ET. GET
Junior Nyong'o and Cara Ricketts are the star-crossed lovers for this ONLINE event. Anita Castillo-Halvorssen, Christian DeMarais, Carson Elrod, Topher Embrey, Alejandra Escalante, Jake Hart, Paco Lozano, Dakin Matthews, Maria-Christina Oliveras, and Timothy D. Stickney complete the cast.
"...One simply must not seek for Shakespeare in the Lope retelling. In fact, just when you may think you've got a parallel in text, in treatment, in tone, you can be sure that Lope will veer off and effectively undercut either the romanticism, the fatalism, the tragedy, or the beauty... But as Lope clearly did not know the Shakespearean version, it is neither lampoon nor parody, but simply a different take on the story and a different plan for the finished product and different dramaturgical intentions for the audience's experience..." —DAKIN MATTHEWS, translator
"...Dakin Matthews's translation, now published by Diversifying the Classics, captures the witty banter and soaring emotions of Lope's play through the use of rhyming verse. Lope and other comedia writers used a wide variety of verse forms in the original Spanish, and Matthews has dazzlingly turned much less cooperative English rhymes into a fresh and lively version of the classic story that will delight audiences. The Capulets and the Montagues shows the remarkable creativity of the early modern period and the border- and language-crossing power of theater through the ages." —RHONDA SHARRAH, scholar
TICKETS This event is supported by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain. Through this support, a limited number of $10 Access tickets are available on a first come, firstserved basis. ACT NOW. Plus, save 20% when you BECOME A FRIEND of Red Bull Theater.
same time that England saw the flourishing
of Shakespeare on the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage, and in the
decades that followed, Spanish-speaking playwrights thrived on the
continent and in the New World.
Many works created during this time have still not
been translated into English. Our Hispanic
Golden Age Classics online initiative, presented in
collaboration with Diversifying
the Classics | UCLA, is designed to change that
while expanding our repertoire of classical plays. This season,
we're celebrating LOPE
Lope de Vega and why did he and Shakespeare both write a play
about the Capulets and the Montagues? Join our
interactive discussion with translator Dakin Matthews,
and scholars Barbara
Fuchs and Rhonda
Diversifying the Classics | UCLA
After you see the show, join our interactive online discussion of
the play and its themes with director Melia Bensussun
and members of the acting company, including Dakin Matthews.
MORE ABOUT LOPE
Lope Félix de Vega Carpio (1562–1635) is a towering figure of
the Spanish Golden Age, a theatrical innovator and prolific author
in multiple genres. He is known as a master of the comedia—witty
three-act plays popular across the globe-spanning the Spanish
empire during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He composed
hundreds of plays, in addition to poetry and prose...KEEP
We're pleased to invite you to our 2022-23 season! This
year, we will offer a full slate of in-person and online
opportunities to experience the rarely produced classics at the
heart of our mission. Look forward to Off-Broadway productions of Arden of Favershamand The Knight of the
Burning Pestle, plus Revelation Readings and
Podversations including Phèdre
Andronicus, featuring F. Murray Abraham, Jennifer
Ehle, Ismenia Mendes, Jacob Ming-Trent, Patrick Page, Matthew
Rauch, Cara Ricketts, Reg Rogers, Michael Urie, John Douglas
Thompson, and many of the finest theater artists working today.