Peace Of The City is proud to present its ninth season of Shakespeare Comes to 716, with a dramatic performance of Romeo & Juliet.
Come witness this modern remix of Shakespeare’s most famous play, where two “star-crossed lovers” defy their feuding families in order to be together. When set on the streets of our own neighborhood, the universal themes of love and loss, loyalty and tragedy make Romeo and Juliet as relevant today as it was four hundred years ago. This classic is brought to life by a cast of Buffalo teenagers as diverse as the United Nations, who rise to the challenge to bring our city a professional, compelling production.
This is a “Pay What You Can” event so that everyone can fall in love with Shakespeare. It is also a first come, first seated basis—we have sold out in the past.
Shakespeare Comes to 716 is an initiative of Peace Of The City. POTC’s cultural vision is to make high-quality arts and theater accessible to all – regardless of ability to pay – and further, to make Shakespeare relevant and engaging for at-risk, urban youth. We believe that the arts lead its participants, both audience and performers, into new realms of possibilities, and remind us to hope again.
Who: Peace Of The City
What: Shakespeare Comes to 716: Romeo & Juliet
Where: Shea’s Smith Theater 646 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14202
When: Thursday, June 29th and Friday, June 30th, 6:00 p.m. Doors Open / 7:00 p.m. Performance Start
Cost: “Pay What You Can”
About Peace Of The City
Since 1992, Peace Of The City (POTC) has existed to be a force for good in under-resourced Buffalo neighborhoods, loving and empowering children, teens, and their families through our four guiding priorities: literacy, the arts, advocacy, and transformation. POTC’s trauma-informed care model supports the academic, physical, social, and emotional health and transformation of youth through comprehensive programming including literacy and academic supports, theater and creative arts, and employment training. POTC programs provide young people with the skills, tools, and values needed to succeed educationally, break the cycle of poverty, and lead meaningful, productive lives. Our vision to create a “community of courage” in the West Side of Buffalo by loving our neighbors as ourselves has seen our programs expand into both after school and summer programming. We are celebrating our 25th anniversary as a transformational youth services agency.
Shakespeare Comes to (716) brings together all of the passions of Peace Of The City – empowering teens, making Shakespeare relevant and accessible, and providing opportunities for youth to demonstrate their resilience and unlimited potential. This year-round theater program is open city-wide and involves over 40 youth, intensifying each summer for a full-length Shakespeare production. We help to close the gap for our Buffalo Public School students as they study, learn and memorize Shakespeare. They are taught powerful life lessons through the material—how to work collaboratively, how to take direction, and what it means to embody another’s story which is the foundation of empathy. They learn basic job skills such as punctuality, hard work, discipline and team work. We are incredibly proud of the professionalism of our teens and the production quality of our performances.