FRANCISCO, October 4, 2005 -- Back by popular demand, director Roy
Conboy's innovative look at that classic of classics, "Romeo
re-opens at San Francisco's Off-Market Theaters/Stage 250 November 4-20,
2005. Re-titled "Romeo and Juliet: A Contemporary Adaptation,"
Conboy's vision of the story in present-day San Francisco doesn't tamper
Shakespeare's language, but instead modernizes the play by incorporating
MUNI, elaborate masks, Kabuki-inspired swordplay, and even a little rock
and roll to frame this timeless tragedy with a simple question: Why do
these two young people have to die? Presented in association with Off-Market
Theaters/Stage 250 and the Department of Theatre Arts at San Francisco
State University, Conboy taps an accomplished multicultural cast of SFSU
students and alumni.
A Chicano playwright, director and teacher, Roy Conboy's most recent plays are "Tailor From Chihuahua" and "Crow's Eye View," the latter of which was presented by the Bay Area Playwrights Festival in 2004. Other recent plays include "Drive My Coche," which opens for a San Francisco run November 11 through December 11, 2005 at El Teatro Esperanza. Conboy is generally regarded as one of the leading Chicano playwrights in the country, and his work has been produced by such theatres as Teatro Vision of San Jose, East Los Angeles Repertory, Teatro Latino in Minneapolis, Teatro del Pueblo in St. Paul, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Teatro Milagro in Portland, Cucucuevez in Santa Ana, and PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria. His work has also been produced at Cypress College, Mesa College, Chabot College, Los Medanos College, Santa Ana College, and San Francisco State University. Workshops and staged readings of his plays have been seen at the Denver Center, the Mark Taper Forum, the Seattle Group Theatre, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, ASK Plays, South Coast Repertory, Latin American Theatre Artists, and Festival Latino of San Francisco.
Conboy serves as Chair of the Theatre Arts Department and head of the Graduate Playwrighting program at San Francisco State University where he has helped raise the playwrighting program to national prominence.Admission and Theatre Information
Admission to "Romeo and Juliet: A Contemporary Adaptation" is $12 General/$10 for Students, Seniors and SFSU Alumni/$8 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased through ticketweb.com and at the San Francisco State University Creative Arts Box Office in person or by phone at 415/338-2467. The Off-Market Theaters/Stage 250 is located at 965 Mission Street between 5th and 6th streets in downtown San Francisco. Parking can be found at the 5th and Mission Street parking garage. For further information, including directions, please visit www.cafearts.com.
Romeo and Juliet: A Contemporary Adaptation is produced by the Theatre Arts Department at San Francisco State University in association with Off-Market Theaters/Stage 250. Theatre Arts is a department of the College of Creative Arts, which has the only academic program primarily devoted to the creative arts in northern California. Under the direction of Acting Dean Wan-Lee Cheng, an internationally acclaimed faculty directs more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students in seven disciplines: art, cinema, broadcasting, music, dance, theatre arts, and design. For more information about the College of Creative Arts, visit www.collegeofcreativearts.org.
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