American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) announces the return of the Chicago company The Hypocrites, with their mash-up of Shakespeare's Romeo Juliet and 12 Nights. Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Sean Graney, the two productions will play in repertory at OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge. Both productions are appropriate to children over the age of ten.
Graney's Romeo Juliet uses both Shakespeare's familiar play as well as Felice Romani's libretto for Bellini's 1830 opera I Capuleti e i Montecchi, based on Italian sources. The four performers - taking on all the roles of the drama - have also been asked to create the world in which they perform the story, a visual sculpture that interacts with theseclippings of the greatest love story ever told in an entertaining and enlightening way.
Romeo and Juliet plays February 19 at 8pm, February 21 at 7:30pm and February 22 at 11am: Purchase Tickets
12 Nights is Graney's adaptation is based on Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night as well as Barnabe Riche's 1581 prose narrative "Of Apolonius and Silla," which has its roots, in turn, in a 1531 Italian play called Gl'Ingannati (The Deceived Ones) and, further back, the mistaken-identity comedies of Plautus. All three stories center on a young woman who disguises herself as a servant boy, falls madly in love with her employer, and is required to woo another woman on his behalf, who falls madly in love with the cross-dresser. The Hypocrites company of four actors play all the roles, and again, have designed the multicolored setting for this comedy of errors.
12 Nights plays February 18 & 20 at 8pm and February 21 at 10p: Purchase Tickets
The Hypocrites, known for their insightful illuminations of classic and obscure theater texts, brought their delightful take on Pirates of Penzanceback to Cambridge for a second sold-out run at the end of A.R.T.'s 2012/13 Season. Founded in 1997 by Artistic Director Sean Graney,The Hypocrites are recognized as a groundbreaking company and mainstay of theater