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Washington, D.C. – To celebrate their forthcoming production of Romeo & Juliet, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute-Embassy of Italy. On Tuesday, August 30 at 7 p.m., lead cast members from the show will perform select scenes of the play during a cultural evening at the Embassy. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet the cast and discover more about the production with its director, STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul.
Over the years, STC has performed at other embassies, but this is the first time the company has worked with the Italian Embassy.
Director Alan Paul said: “The play takes place in Verona, Italy, so this is the perfect collaboration to celebrate Shakespeare, Italy, and Italian culture. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to perform against a genuine Italian backdrop in the beautiful splendor of the Embassy.”
The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute said: “We’re delighted to partner with STC and the talented cast of Romeo & Juliet. Every year people travel to Verona to visit the place where Romeo wooed Juliet, so we’re pleased to present the play and a taste of Italy to D.C.”
The event is free but space is limited. To book, please contact the Italian Cultural Institute on http://www.iicwashington.esteri.it/iic_washington/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2016/08/shakespeare-is-coming-to-the-italian.html
Romeo and Juliet follows two star-crossed teenage lovers caught tragically between their feuding families. Performances begin at the Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th St NW) on September 13 and the show will run through November 6. For tickets, please visit www.shakespearetheatre.org or call the Box Office at 202.5747.1122.
About Alan Paul, STC Associate Artistic Director
STC: Kiss Me, Kate, Man of La Mancha, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (2014 Helen Hayes Award for Best Director of a Musical), The Boys from Syracuse, The Winter’s Tale (Free For All), Twelfth Night (Free For All), As You Like It (Associate Director), Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (Associate Director), numerous galas, readings, and special events; Assistant Director: 13 shows. THEATRE DIRECTING: Signature Theatre: I Am My Own Wife; Studio Theatre 2ndStage: Silence! The Musical, The Rocky Horror Show (co-director); Catholic University: Man of La Mancha; University of Maryland: The Matchmaker; Apex Theatre Company: Richard II; Northwestern University: Six Degrees of Separation; readings for Studio Theatre, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The National Academy of Sciences, The Phillips Collection, The Goethe Institut, Georgetown University. OPERA DIRECTING: Washington National Opera: Penny; Urban Arias: Blind Dates, Before Breakfast, The Filthy Habit, Photo-Op; The In Series: Dido and Aeneas, El Amor Brujo; Strathmore Concert Hall: Butterfly/Saigon, Blind Dates. Finalist for the 2013 European Opera Directing Prize (Vienna, Austria). WEB: alanpauldirector.com.