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Diverse student cast to perform 'Romeo and Juliet'

In January, a group of young performers from Buffalo's diverse community of refugees caused a minor stir with their performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Jewish Repertory Theatre in Getzville.

But they're far from the only group of young theater-lovers hailing from other countries. A case in point is the long-running program "Shakespeare Comes to (716)," a project of the West Side organization Peace of the City that has been connecting disparate cultures through Shakespeare since 2009.

Much ado for youth ;Peace of the City presents Shakespeare for urban students

On June 29 and 30, students from the group will perform "Romeo and Juliet" with striking resonance for young Buffalonians working to adjust to a new culture.

"When set on the streets of our own neighborhood," a Peace of the City release reads, "the universal themes of love and loss, loyalty and tragedy make Romeo and Juliet as relevant today as it was four hundred years ago."

The production features "a cast of Buffalo teenagers as diverse as the United Nations, who rise to the challenge to bring our city a professional, compelling production."

"Romeo and Juliet": Student production from Peace of the City's "Shakespeare Comes to (716)" runs at 7 p.m. June 29 and 30 in Shea's Smith Theatre, 646 Main St. Admission is pay-what-you-can. Call 882-7244 or visit


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