Grace Arts FL Presents Romeo & Juliet La Tormenta

Image by Karl Momen

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

What if Florida was the backdrop for Romeo & Juliet and the Tempest-Two Shakespearean classics-where lost kingdoms, dangerous romance and real mystery abound? Imagine no more! Grace Arts Center is bringing this American odyssey alive through an original script adapted by Florida playwrights and a diverse cast of talented local actors.

During the Production Romeo & Juliet.. La Tormenta, audiences will be treated to folkloric dance and rarely heard traditional music by Afro-Cuban artists introduced through breathtaking images from acclaimed Iranian born Swede and South Florida resident Master Artist Karl Momen. Momen has painted a series of works inspired by William Shakespeare.

Artists Karl Momen and Ruben Ubiera

“In our production, Shakespeare’s adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and his final original work ‘The Tempest’ are shared through the lens of Afro-Cuban music and dance in a fast paced drama based on real events happening in early Florida before the English colonies existed,” said Clare Vickery, Director, Grace Arts Center.

“Cuba has very complicated international historical ties with Florida going back centuries. Shakespeare is a platform to share and inspire a new generation of Americans, she added.”

“The early contact period between Europeans, but especially the Spanish, and Native Americans in South Florida was extremely important yet is widely unknown. It set the Native populations on the road to extinction, proved frustrating for the Spanish, as their missionary efforts met with little enduring success, and with the disappearance/ withdrawal of both of these peoples, assured the isolation and desolation of the region till the dawn of the twentieth century.” Dr. Paul George, Resident Historian for History Miami, ‘Romeo and Juliet La Tormenta.’

Join us April 27, 2018 at the NSU Art Museum Norma and William Horvitz Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale for a special promotional performance, reception and artist meet and greet. Then on May 4, 2018 head down to Miami for a Shakesperean experience like no other, at the beautiful Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Enjoy the full performance in two acts and a special live mural created to the music and drama unfolding on stage by Painter Ruben Ubiera. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

This is Shakespeare South Florida style! Fast paced drama from The Bard with Afro Cuban Dance, Music and Visual Art. Each performance will be different…Get your tickets today for either Fort Lauderdale or Miami engagements!!

The Cast of Romeo & Juliet la tormenta Left from right — Chasity Hart (Lead role of Prospera); Ean Miles Kessler (Playwright for this production and Professional Actor); Diana Figueroa (Professional Dancer); Jessie Marrero Muino (Professional Dancer); Isanusi Garcia Rodriguez (Principal Dancer & Choreographer with Alberto Puerto, Musician and Composer, as performed at the XXII International Ballet Festival of Miami 2017) — Choreography by the late Pedro Pablo Pena to whom we dedicate this upcoming production this spring. Artist, Christie Sciturro, pictured far right, makes a guest appearance at the Miami engagement and is a company dancer with the Miami City Ballet.
Actors David Myers and Janice Gisele Muller
Actors Chastity Hart and Marcial Regidor
Actor Pablo de Pablo

What: The Play Romeo & Juliet La Tormenta

When: Two South Florida Performances: April 27, 2018 & May 4, 2018

Where: NSU Art Museum Norma and William Horvitz Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale & Little Haiti Cultural Complex

Details: Special Performance and Artist Reception (April 27th) 7pm-9pm at NSU Art Museum Norma and William Horvitz Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale.

Full Performance at Little Haiti Cultural Complex in Miami, Florida (May 4) 7–9PM

Tickets: Available on Eventbrite

General Admission: $20

VIP: $40

For more information or media interviews please contact Clare Vickery of Grace Arts Fl., at (954) 816–3324

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