Cambridge Performance of 'One Drop of Love'

What do Ben Affleck, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, and Matt Damon have in common?

No, all three of them were not in Good Will Hunting (close, two out of three were).
No, all three of them were not in Gone Baby Gone (Bonus point: can you guess which two were?)
No, all three of them were not in Argo (close again, two out of three).

All three are producers of DiGiovanni's multimedia solo performance and documentary film One Drop of Love "which incorporates filmed images, photographs, and animation to tell the story of how the notion of ‘race’ came to be in the U.S., and how it influences the narrator’s relationship with her father."

All three also have ties to Cambridge, Massachusetts which will host a performance on Friday, August 30, 2013 at the James R. Fitzgerald Theater at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, 459 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02138.

Look forward to seeing some of you there!

Why I'm Excited About ROMEO and JULIET on Broadway

One of my most prized possessions. 

I know what you're thinking.  And no, it's not just because of the interracial casting.

Okay, well, maybe a little bit, but here's why I'm really excited:

It's Shakespeare, duh.
When I spent the summer before my senior year of college studying abroad at Oxford University in England, I had no idea how the months I spent there studying 17th Century Literature and Shakespeare would forever shape me as a student, reader, writer and person.  As a girl whose previous references to Romeo and Juliet were largely "that movie Aaliyah was in" or "that movie with Leonardo DiCaprio," I left Oxford with a deep understanding of the connections between art, literature, poetry, and performance.  It was one thing to struggle through reading Chaucer's old English aloud in a hot, sweaty, college classroom and whole other to be immersed in Shakespeare's hometown of Statford-Upon-Avon, sitting in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or along the banks of the River Avon, watching productions of the plays you've spent weeks discussing, dissecting, and analyzing during tutorial.  I've been a fan ever since.

Condola. Freakin'. Rashad.
Last fall she had me and pretty much everyone else in the Cort Theatre picking up our respective jaws from the floor in Kenny Leon's production of Lydia Diamond's Stickflyconfirmed by her Tony Award nomination.  Unlike my husband, once I knew Condola Rashad was playing Juliet I cared very little about the rest of the cast:

"Who's playing Romeo?  Who else is in the play?" My husband asked.  
"Oh I don't know...some random guy named Orlando something.  Oh, and that guy from American Idol with the curly hair.  I think he was the same season as Kelly Clarkson." 
"Oh you mean Orlando Bloom? From Pirates of the Caribbean?" 
"I don't know.  Doesn't ring a bell.  Wait, Pirates of the Caribbean? Wasn't that Johnny Depp?"

Needless to say, the production ROMEO and JULIET on Broadway kicks off this Friday, August 24th at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York City starring Condola Rashad as Juliet and Orlando Bloom (not Johnny Depp) as Romeo (and Justin Guarini as Paris).

Do you plan on seeing Romeo and Juliet on Broadway?  If you do, leave a comment and let us know what you thought!