Who would have ever guessed that the most produced playwright of 2011 would be William Shakespeare? The year has seen a tremendously rewarding upswing in interest in the Bard of Avon, thanks largely to the inventive new approach by the NOLA Project.
The intrepid troupe first staged a magical "Midsummer Night's Dream" set throughout the sculpture garden outside the New Orleans Museum of Art. The company closed the year with a smashingly successful production of "Romeo and Juliet," staged in NOMA's main hall. The company takes liberties with the text and interpretation, but it may have drawn more new audiences to Shakespeare than any troupe in years.
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