ROMEO AND JULIET BY GRUPO GALPÃO
Experience William Shakespeare’s classic story of a forbidden love affair between two young people from rival families, adapted to Brazilian popular street culture by director Gabriel Villela. This is the 1992 production that put the fledgling troupe Grupo Galpão (“Group Shed”) on the map, after its founding in 1982 by Teuda Bara, Eduardo Moreira, Wanda Fernandes and Antonio Edson. Staged in the tradition of Harlequin street theater and filled with humor and language inspired by the countryside of the production company’s region of Minas Gerais, Romeo and Juliet gave Grupo Galpão the distinctive honor of being the very first Brazilian troupe to be invited to present a short run at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Regarded by critics as the most striking rendition of “Romeo and Juliet” in Brazilian contemporary theater, the play was performed 250 times in 10 different countries. Besides the international acclaim, their production has also won awards such as the 1993 Apetesp Award in Direction and Costumes and the 1999 San Antonio, Texas, International Festival for Performance and Costumes.
Watch the classic love story unfold around a red station wagon, starring such Brazilian theatrical staples as Antonio Edson, Beto Franco, Eduardo Moreira, Fernanda Vianna, Inês Peixoto, Júlio Maciel, Lydia Del Picchia, Paulo André, Rodolfo Vaz and Teuda Bar.