Julia + Roselo
Shakespeare’s La Florida Part IV An Adaption of “Romeo and Juliet” by Lope de Vega
For Immediate Release
Part history and part fantasy, we imagine a couple falling in love despite all the odds during a period in Florida history when Spain’s most prolific playwright and poet, Lope de Vega, wrote his version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ — just as the Spanish were exploring and securing portions of ‘La Florida’ for their kingdom.
What would become the Seminole nation began as a group of Creek and other tribes moving into central and northern ‘La Florida’ in and around the first Black free colony in the northern hemisphere, Fort Mose, established at the turn of the 17th century. Black residents of Fort Mose were given plots of land by Spanish authorities if they adopted the Catholic Church. Various native tribes lived ‘freely’ if they too demonstrated loyalty to Spain and catholic religious practices.
What might Lope de Vega have written about the Black Seminoles, a legacy of diverse and resilient people from the real marriages, adoptions of individuals and families of the free nation of Seminoles and Blacks living alongside one another?
Initially these two communities had strained relations but the shared fear of those that sought to rule their kingdom in La Florida, the ‘flowering place,’ brought them together in treacherous territories.
This story considers and celebrates the ‘kingdoms’ of ‘Julia + Roselo’ (Castelvines/Capulets y Monteses/Montagues) — a story inspired by the history of America’s ‘La Florida.’
The surprise ending encourages audiences to read about the rich tapestry of art and history uniquely Florida. This fast-moving adaptation of a three Act play features classical and contemporary dance with Hispanic, African American and Native American musical selections. Both Shakespeare and Lope de Vega wrote their respective classics during the Age of Discovery, when La Florida, the ‘New World’ was discovered by British, Spanish and other European colonial powers.
Cast members include dance choerography from the Zest Collective (New York City), Cuban Classical Ballet (Miami) and Emily Ricca Collective (Miami); Music by Alberto Puerto (Spanish Classical Guitarist and Composer — Miami), Yetzabel Arias Fernandez (Concert Soprano — Miami); and Ivet Riscart Lopez, Actors from the Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida (Palm Beach — Miami) with visual art by Cuban-American Painter, Alejandro Leyva (Miami).
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Where to See It:
What: Julia + Roselo, An American Story
Producer: Grace Arts FL
Where: Broward County Main Library Theater, 100 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL
When: Friday, May 10th 7:30pm-9pm
Tickets: Available on Eventbrite