Romeo & Juliet (Layla & Majnun)
by William Shakespeare with adapted text from The Story of Layla & Majnun by Nizami. Translated by Rudolph Gelpke with Zia Inayat Khan and Omid Safi.
Adapted and Directed by Scott Palmer.
"Her parents' home had become her prison. Guarding the secret of her love, which must not be revealed, she waited, listening to the wind, as it lovingly caressed her tent, hoping it might bring a message from her beloved..." - Layla & Majnun
Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers has been described as "timeless"...perhaps moreso than most people think!
There is ample evidence to suggest that one of the main literary sources for the Bard's story of feuding families comes from an ancient Persian tale called Layla & Majnun. In Nizami's epic poem, two "star-crossed lovers" rebel against the edicts of their parents, embrace their forbidden love, and pay the ultimate price. Sound familiar?
In this world premiere adaptation, B&B fuses the romantic, haunting poetry of Nizami's Layla & Majnun into Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, re-imagining the Bard's tragic lovers in ancient Iran during the time of Emperor Constantine.
A timely and powerful exploration of clashing cultures, unrepentant love, and unreasoning hate - performed outdoors at the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza in downtown Hillsboro.
July 20*, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, August 3, 4, & 5
All performances begin at 7:30pm
The Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza
150 E Main St, Hillsboro
This is an outdoor performance and no seating is provided. Please bring a chair or something similarly comfortable upon which to sit.
*The performance on Thursday, July 20 is PAY WHAT YOU WILL with 50% of your admission donation going directly to Defensa de la Dignidad.