Shakespeare & Cervantes - A Rehearsed Reading
Tues 22 November
A rehearsed reading: The Curious Lives of Shakespeare and Cervantes
written by Asa Palomera
directed by Sarah Chew
It is the 400th anniversary of the deaths of two of the world’s most famous authors, William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes.
This comic romp charts the influences of these literary masters on the modern world and contrasts the fortunes of two contemporaries whose countries – England and Spain - went from alliance to enmity in a short space of time.
Asa Palomera is both a playwright and director. Trained at New York’s TISCH School of the Arts, she started her theatre career both on and off Broadway under the producer, Joseph Papp. As an artiste-in-residence at the Chulalongkorn University of Thailand, she pioneered the Pagoda Dance Company. She also established the Modern Theatre Company in Thailand, before expanding the company to Costa Rica and New York.
After moving to Melbourne, she started both the Spiral Theatre Company, and the Women of Asia Company that produced Monologues and The Prodigal Daughter which won the ‘City of Melbourne Award for Original Play’ and was invited to open at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Curious Lives of Shakespeare & Cervantes was produced in a short run at Edinburgh’s Adam House Theatre and then at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London in 2010 before returning to Asia. It was staged in association with the Embassy of Spain, the British Council (Singapore) and the National Library Board of Singapore.