Local Benton Park / Gravois Park / Cherokee Street business owners and residents will be appearing alongside professional actors in a play artfully adapted from William Shakespeareʼs The Tempest titled The New World, as part of the inaugural Shakespeare in the Streets, April 27-29. The event is underwritten by PNC Arts Alive and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The hour-long play will be performed at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at the intersection of Cherokee Street and California Avenue. All performances are free.
Creative team members Tlaloc Rivas (director), Nancy Bell (playwright) and Justin Barisonek (set designer) spent the past four months in the neighborhood collaborating with the residents, immersing themselves in the culture. The three attended neighborhood events, met with residents, business owners and the community leaders in an attempt to get to know one another and to simply understand the history, the stories and the current concerns of the neighborhood.
The resulting script draws upon Shakespeare, real conversations with the residents, and the playwright’s own impressions. For example, the character Gonzalo says:
“The people here in City South, in Louis Saint,
They do be different, that much is sure.
Some immigrants, some working class
Some artists and many others, too.
But here they are. Together. Every day.
And basically, they’re...
With one another.....
I would not change it.
Friday & Saturday, April 27-28 at 8PM and Sunday, April 29 at 3PM. It’ll be a block party. Get excited!
More on this exciting event here