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Arts & Entertainment - July 27, 2007

All-female troupe performs "Romeo and Juliet"

Woman's Will celebrates 10th season

In what has become an annual tradition, all-female Shakespeare troupe Woman's Will stops in Pleasanton tomorrow night to perform "Romeo and Juliet." The show begins at 6 p.m. in Centennial Park, 5353 Sunol Boulevard, adjacent to the Pleasanton Senior Center. Admission is free.

Perhaps one of William Shakespeare's most well-known plays, "Romeo and Juliet" explores the story of star-crossed lovers Romeo (Marliet Martinez) and Juliet (Cassie Powell) torn between their feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets. The play, directed by founding artistic director Erin Merritt, also features Holly Chou as Benvolio, Scarlett Hepworth as Friar Lawrence, Karen Anne Light as Tybalt and Carolyn Power as the Nurse.

"Woman's Will is sure to place its unique mark on Shakespeare's timeless tale," said Civic Arts Manager Andy Jorgensen.

Additional performances of "Romeo and Juliet" will be held across the Bay Area in Fremont, San Francisco and Oakland.

Woman's Will has previously performed productions of "Twelfth Night," "Richard III" and "As You Like It" here in Pleasanton as part of its summer performance schedule. In addition to Shakespeare, the company also performs a variety of plays from classical and well-known playwrights and will be performing "Antigone" by the Greek playwright Sophocles later this year. The troupe also runs public and private theater classes.

Visit or Civic Arts, 931-5361 for more information.

--Rebecca Guyon


Posted by Erin Merritt, a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2007 at 10:55 am

Actually, Woman's Will has performed all ten of our summer productions in Pleasanton, including 9 Shakespeares and one play by Aprhra Behn.

More importantly though, our "Antigone" this Fall is decidedly not the one by Sophocles, but an avant-garde re-working by multiple Obie-awarding willing contemporary playwright Mac Wellman.