IN THE PARKING LOT TURNS 25,
PRESENTS "ROMEO AND JULIET" JULY 11 TO 27, 2019
Huff (as Romeo), Anwen Darcy (as Juliet).
Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
July 11 to 27, 2019
La Plaza @ The Clemente Parking Lot, 114 Norfolk Street
Subways: F to Delancey Street, M to Essex Street.
Presented by The Drilling Company
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:00 PM
Running time 100 minutes
in the Parking Lot will present "Romeo and Juliet,"
directed by Lukas Raphael, July 11 to 27 at La Plaza @ The Clemente
Parking Lot, 114 Norfolk Street. This popular New York summer
institution is now in its 25th year. Its concept--presenting
Shakespeare plays with a "poor theater" aesthetic
in a working parking lot--is now widely imitated around the
US and around the world, with productions as far away as New
Zealand. The Drilling Company, Artistic Director Hamilton Clancy,
has produced the attraction since 2005.
The play exquisitely demonstrates
the futility of partisanship, pleading for similar people to
stop killing each other for reasons they no longer remember.
Director Lukas Raphael will set the play in New York in the
early 1990's, with the Montagues and Capulets imagined as families
of a Lower East Side neighborhood. In this concept, the Capulets
(Juliet's people) are long standing stewards of the neighborhood.
Romeo's Montagues, on the other hand, are upwardly mobile, eager
to rise above it. Raphael once directed "Romeo and Juliet"
in North London as a Tango musical set in Buenos Aires. This
time, he sees his job as telling a fast, gritty story clearly
and succinctly, stressing its language and incorporating sounds
of the street and city to provide the backdrop. Instead of duels
with swords, he will have knife fights choreographed by Frank
Alfano, who staged the fights in an Off-Broadway adaptation
of "A Clockwork Orange" in 2015.
The cast includes Adam Huff (as
Romeo), Anwen Darcy (as Juliet), Alessandro Colla (as Mercutio),
Una Clancy (as Nurse), Jake Lesh (as Tybalt, Paris), Kendra
Lee Oberhauser (as Lady Capulet) , Jack Sochet (as Capulet),
Serena Miller (as The Friar), John Caliendo (as Benvolio) and
Samantha Sutliffe (as Gregory, Apothecary, Peter). Set design
is by Lukas Raphael. Costume design is by Sofia Piccolo. Fight
choreography is by Frank Alfano.
The cast is an ensemble of Drilling
Company artists who have been honed through the years in many
Parking Lot productions. Anwen Darcy (Juliet) appeared as Beatrice
in "Much Ado About Nothing" in Shakespeare in the
Parking Lot in 2016 and stole the show as Mercutio in The Drilling
Company's production of "Romeo and Juliet" for Bryant
Park Shakespeare in 2015, earning praise from the The Village
Voice's Miriam Felton-Dansky for her "strong...punky"
performance. Adam Huff (Romeo) has appeared in Shakespeare in
the Parking Lot as Bertram in "All's Well That Ends Well"
(2016) and Bassanio in "The Merchant of Venice" (2015).
Alessandro Colla (Mercutio) has appeared in the Parking Lot
in many major roles including Richard the Third, Hamlet, Toby
Belch and Duke of Gloucester.
Lukas Raphael grew up in Leipzig, Germany and found Shakespeare
while in school in the Isle of Man. He trained at the University
in Exeter, LAMDA, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Academia
Dell’Arte and later the Atlantic Theater Company Conservatory.
He was the Artistic Director of a theater Company in England
(2006-2010) before moving to New York in 2012. His directing
credits include: "The Tempest" (The Drilling Company
in Bryant Park), "The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine,"
"The Triumph of Death," "Tryst" (independent
feature film), "Romeo and Juliet de Buenos Aires,"
"A Midsummer Nights Dream," "Titus Andronicus"
and "As You Like It!" Beside Shakespeare in the
Parking Lot and The Drilling Company, he has acted with several
UK companies and several regional theaters in the US.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot (SITPL) is now in its 25th year.
It was begun in 1995 by Expanded Arts under the artistic direction
of Jennifer Spahr. When Ms. Spahr retired in 2000, an organization
known as Ludlow Ten was formed under the direction of Leonard
McKenzie. The Drilling Company began co-producing SITPL with
Ludlow Ten in 2001. After Mr. McKenzie's retirement in 2005,
The Drilling Company was asked to continue the great tradition
of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. A chronology of the year-by-year
offerings in the unique setting is available on the Shakespeare
in the Parking Lot website, www.shakespeareintheparkinglot.com.
The concept of free Shakespeare in a parking lot, presented
with a "poor theater" aesthetic, is now widely imitated
around the US and around the world, with productions as far
away as New Zealand.
2014, having lost its Parking Lot when the Seward Park Urban
Renewal Area gave way to a giant mixed-used development, The
Drilling Company sought a new location in the Lower East Side
to continue the spunky Lower East Side tradition. After a nine-month
search, the new space adjacent to The Clemente, on Norfolk Street
between Delancey and Rivington Streets, was arranged. Like the
previous location, it is a working parking lot and has the urban,
gritty atmosphere that has made these productions memorable
through the years. It is just three blocks from the municipal
parking lot where the annual Free Shakespeare festival originated.
THE DRILLING COMPANY
Beside producing Shakespeare, The
Drilling Company, led by Artistic Director Hamilton Clancy,
is an incubator of new American plays. It produced new works
in an intimate theater space at 236 West 78th Street, formerly
78th Street Theater Lab, from 1999 to 2014 and is presently
seeking new digs for this aspect of its work. Last season, it
presented "Gabriel: A Polemic" at North of History,
a "popup" gallery and performance space located at
445 Columbus Ave. (between 81st and 82nd Street), near its 15-year
home. The company is also the exclusive producer of Shakespeare
plays for Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare.
"Romeo and Juliet" will be performed July 11 to 27,
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:00 PM. All admission is free.
Seats are available on a first come first served basis, with
audience members often arriving early to secure a place. Audience
members are welcome to bring their own chairs. Once seats are
gone, blankets are spread out. No one has ever been turned away
and there's never a wait for tickets.