Cosponsored Event

Romeos & Julietas: All Alike in Dignity

Friday, April 9, 2021
3:00 pm PDT – 5:00 pm PDT

Zoom Webinar

This event is free of charge, but you must register in advance to attend. All audience members will receive instructions via email after registration. Click the following link to register directly with Zoom:

Diversifying the Classics invites you to learn about the star-crossed lovers of Lope de Vega and Shakespeare. Join us for a conversation with noted actor and translator Dakin Matthews and scholars Carla della Gatta (Florida State University) and Barbara Fuchs (University of California, Los Angeles), and a reading of scenes from Lope’s Castelvines y Monteses in English translation.

On March 18, New York’s Public Theater will release a podcast of Romeo y Julieta, a bilingual version of Shakespeare’s play, adapted by Saheem Ali & Ricardo Pérez González, and based on the Spanish translation by Alfredo Michel Modenessi. A recent interview with director Saheem Ali is here.

Our presenters will discuss this production in relation to a much earlier Spanish version of the Romeo and Juliet story, Lope de Vega’s Castelvines y Monteses, now translated into English by Dakin Matthews as Capulets and Montagues.

We will also offer a staged reading of selected scenes from Capulets. The text for the scenes will be distributed to all registrants. A complete text of Matthews’ translation is forthcoming in April 2021 from Juan de la Cuesta.

This program is co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for 17th-& 18th-Century Studies and the UCI New Swan Shakespeare Center.

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