DAMASCUS, PA - Farm Arts Collective, where “all the farm’s a stage” (NY Times), is continuing its outdoor arts programming of 2021 with a live performance of LADY CAPULET, a prequel …
DAMASCUS, PA - Farm Arts Collective, where “all the farm’s a stage” (NY Times), is continuing its outdoor arts programming of 2021 with a live performance of LADY CAPULET, a prequel to William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26 at 4 p.m. at Willow Wisp Organic Farm in Damascus PA, near Callicoon.
What caused the feud between the Montagues and Capulets? Nominated “Most Memorable Modern Updates & Adaptations of 2020” by New York Shakespeare, LADY CAPULET follows the journey of Rose from country girl to matriarch, navigating her repression and power in 16th century Verona when family, money, and gender determine everything.
LADY CAPULET has enjoyed a previous run in Central Park, produced by Barefoot Shakespeare Company in 2019 and a virtual tour during COVID, appearing virtually at the Norwalk Library, Advice to the Players, NYC’s WHAM Festival, and CreateTheater.
The title role of Rose Capulet is played by Jianzi Colón-Soto, recently seen as young Sonia Sotomayor in Atlantic Theatre’s SHE PERSISTED, based on the stories by Chelsea Clinton. Ms Colón-Soto originated the role of Rose in Barefoot Shakespeare’s Central Park production. She is joined by the other originating Central Park players, Andrew Dunn, a member of Infinite Variety Productions plays Lord Capulet; Preston Fox (featured in the film GAPYEAR) plays Lord Montague/Tybalt; Jefferson Reardon (PROSLOGIAN On-Demand Series) plays Lucio, with Marlena Holman (Discovery ID) as The Nurse. Original music was composed by Graham Russell of Air Supply.
LADY CAPULET, a Henley Rose Playwriting Competition Finalist, was written by Farm Arts Collective Creative Associate Melissa Bell, who has co-written several works with Tannis Kowalchuk and Farm Arts Collective, including NACL’s COURAGE (Honored Finalist for the Women in the Arts & Media Collaboration Award 2019) and DREAM ON THE FARM, 2020 and 2021.
LADY CAPULET is directed by Emily Gallagher, Founder and Artistic Director of Barefoot Shakespeare Company, the co-producer of this performance with developmental support from CreateTheater, a theatre company founded by producer Cate Cammarata.
Farm Arts Collective, recently featured in the NY Times, is an agri-cultural organization with a mission to engage and enhance rural community life through four main pillars of life-sustaining practice: farming, performance, food, and ecology. Founded in 2018 by farmer and theatre artist, Tannis Kowalchuk, the company operates a 30 x 70-foot greenhouse dedicated to farm-based workshops, performances, rehearsals, education, and community events such as farm tours and meals.
COVID: All Farm Arts Collective cast members, staff and volunteers are vaccinated against COVID 19. Audience members must be vaccinated and wear a mask, before and during the performance.
Tickets are $25. For more information and tickets visit: FarmArtsCollective.org.