Romeo and Juliet

by Dario D'Ambrosi

directed by Dario D'Ambrosi

l-r: Enrique Esteve & Ashley C. Williams 

Italy's Dario D'Ambrosi, a radical innovator of the theater and founder of the movement called Teatro Patologico (Pathological Theater), will stage a novel version of "Romeo and Juliet" at La MaMa. His interpretation is meant to contrast the marvel of love with the fragility of life, the shock of the moment of total loss, and what he calls a "schizophrenia of the world." To do that, he must distill the beautiful sensuality and emotion of love into a magic moment. "It's like the magic moment when somebody shoots you," he says. "There is no emotion like that moment." D'Ambrosi will compress the famous play radically because he thinks that theater is evolving into fast pictures. He says, "When somebody shoots you in war, life goes away in one second. That's the fragility of life. In a hundred years, people won't sit in the theater for an hour or two. The play will be like a flash in a store mirror. Momentary." He aims to make the full theatrical experience momentary. This "Romeo and Juliet" will have a cast of four: two lovers and two supporting actors. The action is primarily physical but where there is dialogue, it will be in English. To say more would be to give away this radical, Artaudian, innovative production's dramatic surprises. Romeo will be played by Enrique Esteve and Juliet will be played by Ashley C. Williams. D'Ambrosi writes, "I've been tormented by violent doubts for days, weeks, months. Then I thought about the way things are going in the world nowadays, about all these pointless wars, about death and how it gets you in a second; you don't even have time to say goodbye to your loved ones before you're gone. This globalized world has become so schizophrenic now that nobody is actually treating it any more as a pathological disease but as a completely normal condition of everyday life, like it was something familiar." He adds, "I've been working for 30 years now with people with mental disabilities I can tell you that their pain, their desperation is somehow comparable to this play. I want this staging to be seen as a scream to humanity, as a way to ask the world to stop this barbarousness."

Performances: 

 12/3/2009 at 8:00pm
 12/4/2009 at 8:00pm
 12/5/2009 at 8:00pm
 12/6/2009 at 2:30pm
 12/6/2009 at 8:00pm
 12/10/2009 at 8:00pm
 12/11/2009 at 8:00pm
 12/12/2009 at 8:00pm
 12/13/2009 at 2:30pm
 12/13/2009 at 8:00pm

Theatre/Venue La MaMa Experimental Theatre 

74A East 4th St  New York

Phone Number for Reservations 212-475-7710 
Website for reservations www.lamama.org  
Running time 0hr. 15min. 

 

Producing Organization: LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club  
Website www.lamama.org  
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