The Classical Theater of Harlem, (CTH), has their own version of Shakespeare in the Park. This summer everyone’s favorite star crossed lovers take the stage at the Richard Rodger’s Amphitheater, in Marcus Garvey Park. Romeo N Juliet, directed by Justin Emeka who edited and adapted the timeless tragedy to bring colorful characters of Harlem to life, will be performed starting tomorrow July 5th through the 27th.
“We are thrilled to blow the dust off this classic to reveal an array of identities within the African Diaspora. Exploring centuries old themes around love, identity, violence, and masculinity through this culturally specific lens is an exceptional and unique offering for the theatrical community” says Ty Jones, producing artistic director of CTH. The production, which has a multiracial cast, is designed to bring professional entertainment to the local community, while drawing hard-core theater lovers from across the city. Emeka is recognized for his new work and ability to integrate unique cultural traditions within classical and contemporary theater. Romeo and Juliet, a story timelessly adapted for its relevance and relate-ability throughout time and generations, follows his last year’s acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Dedicated to presenting the classics in Harlem The Classical Theater of Harlem believe the best art does more than put on a show.
Showtimes are: Fridays at 8:15 pm, and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm.
The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater is located in Marcus Garvey Park, (enter at 124th st and Fifth Avenue and walk south to the venue) open for seating at 7:00 pm each night, and 6:30 pm on Fridays
Free 7:00 pm concerts by the Jazzmobile provided on Friday’s!