|Local Editon's Tracy Young interviews actor and alumnus Marcos Tello about the Shakespeare Festival.|
|Tello as Florizel, Brittney Kalmbach as Perdita, Baron Kelly as Camillo and Linda Bisesti as Paulina in “The Winter's Tale.” Shows begin Sept. 8.|
The annual Southern California Shakespeare Festival is featured this week on CNN Headline News' Local Edition on Time Warner Cable.
Local Edition's Tracy Young interviewed actor and alumnus Marcos Tello for a five-minute segment scheduled to run Aug. 28 through Sept. 3. The segment will air intermittently on the news show and can be viewed on Cal Poly Pomona Web's site.
Tello plays Florizel in “A Winter's Tale”, which runs Sept. 8 through Sept. 30 in the university's Studio Theatre.
“A lot of people shy away from Shakespeare because of the language,” Tello said during the interview. “But once you understand the language. … It's easy as pie.”
One of Shakespeare's final plays, “The Winter's Tale” was written shortly before the bard retired and returned to his wife and daughters in Stratford. In the play, a series of unfortunate events devastate a family, and then the plot leaps 16 years ahead as harmony is slowly restored. “The Winter's Tale” successfully mixes tragedy with comedy, fantasy and romance.
“The Winter's Tale” is directed by Lisa Wolpe, artistic director of the Ovation Award-winning Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company. The cast includes two professors, seven AEA professional actors, six Cal Poly Pomona students and two alumni.
“The caliber of actors for 'The Winter's Tale' is very strong,” said festival co-founder Linda Bisesti, an actor and Cal Poly Pomona assistant professor of theatre. “We're trying to create a Shakespeare that is colorblind and universal in appeal, so our returning audiences will notice this year's cast strongly reflects the surrounding community in terms of diversity.”
A brainchild of Bisesti and actor Peter Uribe, the Southern California Shakespeare Festival provides the region a chance to enjoy Shakespeare's timeless work each year, while providing collaborative opportunities and a creative outlet for professional actors and students. Last year's performances of “King John” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona” quickly sold out.
Organizers recommend calling in advance for tickets. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. on Sept. 8-9, 15-16, 21-23 and 29-30.
An opening reception will follow the Sept. 9 show. For more information, call (909) 869-3800.