'Pretty chill' is how Shakespeare-ish 'New World' describes Gravois Park
They’re shaking up Shakespeare on Cherokee Street this week.
A mother-daughter team, a half dozen Central Visual and Performing Arts High School students and a mix of other Gravois Park-area residents are joining professional actors to rehearse a Shakespeare play that Shakespeare never heard of: “The New World.”
In its inaugural year, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' Shakespeare in the Streets program chose Gravois Park/Benton Park as the neighborhood to star in a made-over Bard pick. Adapted from “The Tempest,” “The New World” explores the eclectic culture of Cherokee Street and its surrounding blocks.
Written by Nancy Bell and directed by Tlaloc Rivas, the one-hour production will run April 27-29 at the intersection of Cherokee Street and California Avenue.
The Beacon dropped in on rehearsal this week at the Cherokee Business Incubator to find the character of Gonzalo (local actor Adam Flores, a founding artist at Mustard Seed Theatre) characterizing the diversity of the people who live and work in the neighborhood.