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Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Translation by: Raul Moncada

Directed by: Vivia Font

The Old Globe (San Diego, CA) - 2009

 

 

Pericles, Prince of Tyre (2009)

 

 

This production was one of the many bilingual summer student shows that The Old Globe ran for several years. They translated portions of Shakespeare’s script as part of a student project that integrated schools from Mexico and Southern California. The production was performed by participants of the 2009 Summer Shakespeare Intensive in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

According to then Director of Education, Roberta Wells-Famula, the 2009 production of Pericles used less Spanish than the prior year’s bilingual Romeo and Juliet. But in 2009, “we also included a deaf student actress, so we also incorporated American Sign Language in her scenes.   The production was interpreted for the audience in both American Sign Language and Mexican Sign Language”.[1] The production involved more than forty high school students. The program included synopses in Spanish and English. Where dialogue had been translated into Spanish, the Shakespearean English was printed underneath it in parentheses, to ease comprehension.[2]

 

 

The Old Globe

The Old Globe engaged bilingualism and Spanish-speaking student populations during their Summer Intensives from 2005-2010. Their 2005 Bi-National Project (see p. 133 of Latinx Shakespeares) involved artists and student actors from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border for a multilingual production of Romeo y Julieta. In 2008, they staged another Romeo and Juliet (see Della Gatta, “Shakespeare and American Bilingualism”), Pericles in 2009, and both Twelfth Night and As You Like It in 2010. All these productions are included in this archive.

They halted the productions when their translator, Cuban American Raul Moncada, passed away in 2010; Cuban/Chilean-American director, Vivia Font, moved out of state at about that same time. Moncada was the director of Teatro Meta and translated dozens of plays for student theatre initiatives in his over twenty-five years at The Old Globe.

 

 

 

 

CARLA DELLA GATTA

JUNE 2022

 

[1] Robert Wells Famula, Personal Communication, 07 Feb 2011.

[2]Pericles CUT with Spanish,” Unpublished Script, 18 May 2009.

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