Hudson Shakespeare Company offers a 1990s inspired ‘Romeo and Juliet’

first_imgThe Hudson Shakespeare Company returns for the final installment in its 26th annual Shakespeare in the Parks tour of Hudson County parks and libraries with a 1990s inspired “Romeo and Juliet”. Admission is free to all shows.The show will be touring to the following locations:Wednesday, July 12th @ 7 p.m., Buchmuller Park – Corner of Plaza Center and Third Avenue (Rain Location), Secaucus Public Library, 1379 Paterson Plank Rd, SecaucusSaturday, July 15th @ 3 p.m., Van Vorst Park, (Rain Location Park Gazebo), Montgomery Street and Jersey Avenue, Jersey CityMonday, July 17th @ 7 p.m., 522 Frank Sinatra Drive, Frank Sinatra Park, HobokenThursday, July 20th @ 7 p.m., Hamilton Park (9th St and Jersey Avenue) (Rain Location Park Gazebo) Jersey CityThursday, July 27th @ 6:30 p.m., Hoboken Public Library, 500 Park Ave. Hoboken ×Romeo (Josh Blount) and Juliet (Mackenzie Menter) in Hudson Shakespeare’s production of “Romeo and Juliet”. Romeo (Josh Blount) and Juliet (Mackenzie Menter) in Hudson Shakespeare’s production of “Romeo and Juliet”.center_img “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare is the most famous love story in the English language and has been adapted in a variety of settings, from a straight Elizabethan presentation with Franco Zefferelli to a musical romp in “West Side Story”.It’s a story that most people think they know quite well, a story of ideal young love and perfectly matched lovers whose love is denied by their warring families and which leads to their tragic ends.However, the innocent pair of Romeo and Juliet are just the tip of the iceberg in a world filled with scheming, opportunistic parents; violent, self-destructive rebels and the true parental figures who try to keep the couple out of harm’s way.Director Noelle Fair wanted to look beyond a production that just focused on the lovers or their warring families and examine what drives the unstoppable hatred and violence that happens in the play. What can it say about how we treat each other today where fights can spark online or in public for little to no reason?She wondered, “How are Romeo and Juliet meant to survive in this world where everything, everyone, and all the odds are against them? We are passing down violence which stems from hatred and a lack of empathy from one generation to the next and its what we are leaving and teaching future generations”, said Fair.In Shakespeare’s play no reason is given for the feud between the Capuletsand Montagues. Despite the fact it has lasted for generations, the characters themselves cannot give the audience a straight answer to the question of why they are fighting. This can be a direct parallel to today’s raging political and societal conversations where one side automatically will demonize the other and argue to the point of killing, often for no sane reason.To match the play’s cycle of hatred and how little things change from one generation to the next Fair decided to set her show in the 1990s.“The same things we encountered in the 90’s we are still dealing with today. Issues of race, gender, and sexual equality, women’s rights, disability rights, refugee crisis and islamophobia were all things we encountered in those 10 years,” she said.To set the era, the Montagues have been reimagined as grungy street kids, and Capulets as the upper class, rich elite.Period music plays a huge role in the production from artists such as Kurt Cobain, Tupac and Biggie Smalls punctuating many of show’s scenes of brawls and violence to dance crazes such as the Macarena underscoring some of the play’s lighter moments.“This era is marked by rebellion, teenage restlessness, and fits perfectly with this world,” Fair said.A lawn chair and blanket are recommended for all outdoor showings.For more information on the show, please visit www.hudsonshakespeare.com orcall (973) 449-7443.last_img read more

Reds Management

first_imgThe Cincinnati Reds definitely chose a new direction for their baseball team.  With the hiring of David Bell, they went younger and with Bell I assume they will play a much more aggressive style of baseball.  After two laid back managers in Bryan Price and Jim Riggleman, we should see a more up-tempo brand of baseball.The Reds also hired two big-time assistants, Turner Ward and Derek Johnson.  Ward came from Los Angeles where he found a way to get Yasiel Puig to play team baseball and help the Dodgers get into the World Series.  Johnson was a pitching coach of the Milwaukee Brewers.  He obviously turned the Brewers pitching staff into one of the best in major league baseball.  All of these moves show that the Reds will be very aggressive this upcoming season.None of the above will help unless the Reds can go out and get pitching help.  Their bullpen was turned around last year, but their starting pitching was near the bottom for all major league baseball.  It should be an interesting upcoming season for the Reds.last_img read more

Things are looking up for AVB

first_imgTottenham needed two “brilliant goals” to break Fulham and can now start to think again about reaching the Barclays Premier League top four, according to manager Andre Villas-Boas. “We have to do it more often now, when teams drop back, to have a go from outside the box. “This time it worked. “We had lots of shots against a side like Newcastle but couldn’t break them. “This time we were fortunate that they ended up in the back of the net.” Villas-Boas confirmed Jan Vertonghen rolled his ankle, leaving him a doubt for the Wearside trip, while Mousa Dembele’s ongoing hip complaint led him to withdraw from the Fulham match at short notice. Defender Danny Rose will make a return to training on Thursday, but Villas-Boas does not expect him fully fit for 10 days. Fulham’s new boss Meulensteen hailed unsettled strike Dimitar Berbatov’s all-round contribution as “unbelievable”. Berbatov laid on the goal for Dejagah and forced Lloris into a late save. His agent has confirmed he is “not happy” at Craven Cottage and will seek a move in January, but Meulensteen said it is time to focus on the busy Christmas schedule. Confident Berbatov can still boost Fulham’s Premier League survival fight, Meulensteen said: “If he performs the way he did tonight. “I thought he was fantastic. “He was unbelievable, he led the line fantastically, and I know really, really well what Dimitar is capable of doing because I’ve worked with him for so long. “The most important thing is that we have to focus now from game to game, right up until the start of January. “I’ve had some good chats with Dimitar, he’s a player who really cares for this club and I thought that was evident the way he performed.” Meulensteen suggested Spurs keeper Lloris kept his side in the match, making two crucial late saves. He said: “It is very, very, very hard to take. “Fulham are going through a tough time, everyone knows that. “It was an inspired performance, and from a tactical point of view it was a disciplined performance. “That first goal from Tottenham fell out of the sky really. “It was a good strike, but that’s hard to take. “I thought Lloris pulled off a couple of ‘worldy’ saves.” ends Vlad Chiriches and Lewis Holtby produced fine strikes from outside the box to help Spurs crawl past Fulham 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League at Craven Cottage. Fulham led through Ashkan Dejagah’s first goal for the club, on Rene Meulensteen’s debut in sole charge following Martin Jol’s departure. Tottenham struggled to control the game, especially in midfield, but Villas-Boas said sometimes snapshot quality can be enough. Now the Portuguese boss wants Spurs to complete the process of bouncing back from their lean November, after rising to sixth in the league standings. Villas-Boas believes victory at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light will drag his side back into the race for a Champions League spot. He said: “At the moment it’s going well for us, I think we managed to get two good wins and a good draw against Man United. “So to complete the bounce-back, if we can say that, it would be great to win at Sunderland. “To do that after a midweek Premier League fixture and after a good draw against Man Utd, that would show we really are alive. “Some surprising results today help us come up a couple of places up the league table. “And now a couple of wins could bring us back into the frame for the top four. Press Associationlast_img read more