A six-month, multicultural arts festival devoted to Romeo and Juliet is being touted as the largest collaborative arts festival in the Fairfield County, CT, region. It runs from September to February 2002.
Conceived and developed by the Stamford Center for the Arts and the film organization The Director's View, Revealed is a newly-created arts festival sponsored by the Fairfield Country Community Foundation.
Some 20 area organizations will take part in the festival, which will use theatre, music, dance, visual arts and film to explore the artistic, political and sociological implications of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Theater highlights include:
*A concert performance of West Side Story in Stamford's Columbus Park, Sept. 21 *Scenes from Romeo and Juliet at Stamford's Rich Forum, Oct. 22 and Nov. 19.
*An Evening of Star Crossed Lovers, a vocal recital of music from Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story presented by the Connecticut Grand Opera & Orchestra, Oct. 26.
*Gounod's opera Romeo et Juliette starring Bruce Fowler and Ukrainian soprano Marina Vyskvorkina. at Stamford's Palace Theatre, Nov. 10 and 11.
*An improvisational performance, loosely based on the Romeo and Juliet theme, performed by Stamford teens on Nov. 17.
*Scenes from Romeo and Juliet presented by the REV theatre, with a discussion between audience, director and cast, Dec. 5.
*A lecture by choreographer Felice Lesser on how the story has been conveyed through dance (including by Jerome Robbins in West Side Story), Jan. 7.
*A presentation of scenes written by Stamford middle and high school students that tell a part of the Romeo and Juliet story, Jan. 11 and 12.
*A performance of the play Shakespeare's R + J, Jan. 28.
Performances will be held in and around the Stamford area. Some events are free, but require reservations. For more information, call the Revealed "Romeo and Juliet" hotline at (203) 325-4466.
— by Diane Snyder