When:Thursday August 19, 2010
North Patio of Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument (89th Street)
Can’t get tickets to Shakespeare in the park? Well then don’t fret you can still experience great works of art performed before you eyes at the various plays performed by Hudson Warehouse Theater .
The Hudson Warehouse presents Romeo and Juliet, a tragedy written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare about two young “star-cross’d lovers” whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. The plot is based on an Italian tale, translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562, and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1582. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both, but developed supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris, in order to expand the plot. Believed to be written between 1591 and 1595, the play was first published in 1597. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime. Today, the lead characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers in this outdoor theater performance.