Romeo & Juliet - Shakespeare in the Cannery

 

"THIS IS THE PLACE to mention that it’s sheer magic, what happens this time of year on the stage within the walls of another ruins"

 

Smith: A true Shakespeare romance at the Cannery

 

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | July 12, 2014

 

If you catch the premier production of “Shakespeare in the Cannery,” don’t be surprised by a sense that actors portraying Romeo and Juliet really are crazy in love.

David Lear, director of the performances that open Friday within the remnant walls of the cannery on Santa Rosa’s West Third Street, didn’t know when he cast Carmen Mitchell as Juliet and Kot Takahasi as Romeo that they’re a serious item.

Carmen and Kot met in a Shakespeare class at SRJC and first dated during the extraordinary production last fall of “Les Miserables.”

Should any theater lover miss them in the new Shakespeare festival within the ruins walls of California Packing Company Plant 5, it’ll be a tragedy.

THIS IS THE PLACE to mention that it’s sheer magic, what happens this time of year on the stage within the walls of another ruins, those of the stone winery at Jack London State Historic Park near Glen Ellen.

 

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