Art Theater of Davis Performance “Neither Romeo Nor Juliet”

The Art Theater of Davis will stage a free performances on July  10th at 12:30pm. This 30-minute program titled “Neither Romeo Nor Juliet,” a collection of short monologues from the history of theater. The performances will coincide with the opening reception of Adele Louise Shaw.

Among the playwrights included in “Neither Romeo Nor Juliet” are Aeschylus, Kālidāsa, Plautus, Wilde, Ibsen, Chekhov and Edna Ferber. The cast will include local actors Shiloh Germano, Justin Mancini, Onyebuchi Okeke, Susan Pitcher, Matt Urban and Valerie Vandrey.

“For this show I wanted to celebrate the history of theater, collaborate with local galleries and give actors more autonomy,” said Timothy Nutter, artistic director of the Art Theater of Davis. “Each actor chose monologues from different eras and authors. The only rule I made was ‘No Shakespeare.’ This will be our most diverse program to date.”

The performance will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road in Davis. It will immediately precede the opening reception for “Water: A Fluent Conversation,” an exhibit of encaustic paintings by Adele Louise Shaw, curated by Kristin Dvorak.

Water references in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching are a strong influence on Shaw’s work. Her signature style uses calligraphic brushwork to draw in rhythm and form, tache brushwork to convey a sense of movement and flickering light, and action painting methods of pouring and trowing paint to transform energy and movement into multiple layers of abstraction.

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