November 12, 2004

Mexican Students Gear Up for Globe’s Bi-National Youth Theater Project

As Tijuana’s Muestra Nacional de Teatro begins its 14th annual Theatre Festival at Cecut, students from Prepatoria Federal Lázaro Cárdenas School take the first step in an exciting cross-border educational theatre project spearheaded by The Old Globe, its Director of Education Bonnie Johnston and local director, Peter Webster.

For the Tijuana students at the Festival, their performance on November 21 of a portion of Webster’s bilingual adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, La Tragedia de Romeo y Julieta, launches The Romeo and Juliet Project, a dynamic, year-long, cross-border theatrical program uniting students from the school with students from the Sweetwater Union High School District, San Diego High School, High Tech High and The Preuss School. 

Culminating in a full-length performance of Web-ster’s production in October 2005, the initiative aims to enrich the 9th grade literature curriculum for the 2,800 participating students on both sides of the border, engaging teenagers in an interactive educational experience mel-ding the arts and classic literature. The project also aims to foster a cultural exchange between teachers through a series of workshops led by Tony Award®-winning Dramaturge and Old Globe Associate Artist Dakin Matthews. With all students eventually having the opportunity to audition for parts in the final production of La Tragedia de Romeo and Julieta, the outreach initiative celebrates the burgeoning two-way flow of arts and culture between San Diego and Tijuana, extending The Old Globe’s scope beyond San Diego County. 

“Our border region boasts a great artistic asset which the Old Globe is very proud to celebrate by inspiring the theatre lovers of tomorrow with a passion and understanding of Shakespeare,” said Johnston. 

What: On November 21 Tijuana students give first performance of La Tragedia de Romeo y Julieta in important bi-national theatre partnership.

Where: Tijuana’s theatre festival, The Muestra Nacional de Teatro running November 19 through 27 at Tijuana’s Cecut cultural center. 

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