The Santa Clara County Library District and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival are proud to present Takes on Shakes, a bold new video series exploring iconic scenes from Shakespeare.
Takes on Romeo and Juliet, directed by Chris Steele, will feature different interpretations of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet as we assume it should be played, followed by directorial ‘takes’ based on gender norms in the 16th, 19th, and 21st centuries. Director Steele will discuss their vision that there's no "right way" to perform or appreciate Shakespeare.
In the video, a multi-gender, multi-racial team of artists will share the reasons behind their directing, acting, and design choices, offer personal stories about their connection to the play, and share their favorite lines from the scene. The presentation will conclude with Chris responding to questions from the audience.
Chris Steele (they/them) is a nonbinary actor, director, and co-artistic director of Poltergeist Theatre Project. They have worked as a playwright, fight choreographer, intimacy choreographer, makeup artist, dialect coach, dance captain, costume construction aid, and lighting designer. Chris studied theatre at Pepperdine University and The University of Oklahoma.
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This virtual presentation will be held online through Zoom (video conferencing platform). The library will be sending a Zoom link the morning of the program. We suggest logging onto Zoom 5 minutes early, so that we can start on time.
Additionally, please note that this program will NOT be streamed to the library's Facebook page.