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Get the First Listen of Lupita Nyong’o and Juan Castano for ‘Romeo y Julieta’ Premiering March 18

Get the First Listen of Lupita Nyong’o and Juan Castano for ‘Romeo y Julieta’ Premiering March 18

The Public Theater and WNYC Studios will debut the bilingual audio adaptation of Romeo y Julieta on Thursday, March 18. Featuring Lupita Nyong’o and Juan Castano as the star-crossed lovers, this world premiere production has been adapted by Saheem Ali and Ricardo Pérez González, based on the Spanish translation by Alfredo Michel Modenessi and directed by Saheem Ali. The audio adaptation will be wherever podcasts are available.

Audiences around the globe can also join an online opening night listening party, presented by The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR, on Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m. Nyong’o, Castano, and others will join WNYC’s Rebeca Ibarra for an evening featuring an interactive Q & A and live music, presented in English and Spanish. The listening party kicks off early at 6:45 p.m. for a special cocktail demo and pre-show warm-up. The listening party is free at

This marks the second collaboration between The Public Theater and New York Public Radio on an audio theater production; the four-part radio play Free Shakespeare on the Radio: Richard II – also directed by Ali – launched on WNYC last summer to critical acclaim and is currently available as a podcast series.

Tony Plana (Chorus) joins the previously announced cast which includes Carlo Albán (Benvolio), Karina Arroyave (Apothecary), Erick Betancourt (Abram), Michael Braugher (Balthasar), Carlos Carrasco (Lord Montague), Juan Castano (Romeo), Ivonne Coll (Nurse), John J. Concado (Peter), Hiram Delgado (Tybalt), Guillermo Diaz (Gregory), Sarah Nina Hayon (Lady Montague), Kevin Herrera (Ensemble), Modesto Lacen (Prince Escalus/Capulet’s Cousin), Florencia Lozano (Capulet), Irene Sofia Lucio (Mercutio), Keren Lugo (Sister Joan), Benjamin Luis McCracken (Paris’s Page), Julio Monge (Friar Lawrence), Javier Muñoz (Paris), Lupita Nyong’o (Julieta), and David Zayas (Sampson).

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Romeo y Julieta features original music composed and performed by Michael Thurber, sound design by Bray Poor and Jessica Paz, and audio supervision by Bray Poor. Isaac Jones served as lead engineer; Beth Lake, Izumi Marie Rosas, and Chris Morocco were audio engineers; and Janelle Caso served as Production Stage Manager. WQXR’s Elliott Forrest served as Creative Consultant to the project and WQXR’s Max Fine served as Digital Producer. WNYC’s Jami Floyd served as Consulting Producer. 

Listen to the preview below.

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