Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (March 8, 2013) … In addition to an elaborate production of Antony and Cleopatra, Hofstra University’s 64th Annual Shakespeare Festival also features a shorter companion play and the “Festival Musicale,” a concert by the Hofstra Collegium Musicum. These will be performed together on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. The companion play, a one-hour adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, titled This Bud of Love, will also have a special performance on Thursday, March 21, at 8 p.m. All performances take place at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus.
The Hofstra Collegium Musicum is an ensemble of students, faculty and alumni from the Music Department devoted to the performance of early music. The Festival Musicale includes a chorus and ensembles of historical instruments. This year’s Festival Musicale, directed by Professor of Music William E. Hettrick, is Star-Crossed Lovers, featuring guest artist Christopher Morrongiello, lute. The music to be performed refers to several ill-fated love affairs, including those of Tristan and Isolde, Orpheus and Euridice, and the two lovers in the folksong “Scarborough Fair,” each of whom sets impossible tasks for the other to become “a true love of mine.”
This Bud of Love, the one-hour version of Romeo and Juliet, is an excellent introduction to the works of William Shakespeare that is suitable for young theatergoers. This re-imagining of the love story takes place in modern times, at a Central Park playground on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Capulets wear parochial school clothing, and the Montagues are dressed in street clothes.
This is the sixth year that a one-hour adaptation of a Shakespearean work has been performed as part of the Shakespeare Festival. This Bud of Love was adapted from Romeo and Juliet by Hofstra Adjunct Professor of English Maureen Connolly McFeeley and is directed by Professor of Drama Cindy Rosenthal.
The cast and crew of This Bud of Love are also touring local high schools. For many of the high school students, this will be their first exposure to a Shakespearean production. The tour also gives the Hofstra students the extremely valuable experience of taking a show on the road – the tour is something they have to manage logistically and artistically.
Tickets to the Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m. performance at Hofstra are $11, $8 for senior citizens (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra students with ID. Members of the Hofstra community receive one free ticket with current HofstraCard. For tickets and more information call the Hofstra Box Office at 516-463-6644 or visit www.hofstra.edu/drama-dance or www.hofstra.edu/music .
Tickets for the special performance of This Bud of Love on Thursday, March 21, at 8 p.m. are $6. Members of the Hofstra community receive two free tickets with current HofstraCard.
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Watch videos of the stars of This Bud of Love
Matt Engle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLJudn3kNXo0QZt3txNs9Hq92CHKkmtv4k&v=auToeCB-QEg&feature=player_embedded
Rita McCann: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9UdlfE0oKjI