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Tue, June 20, 2023

20:00 – 22:00

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italy


Romeo and Juliet

Dos boricuas y un poco de mierda y poesía  

– Two actresses rehearse Shakespeare‘s great love story while stumbling into their own stories and lives. – “Two households both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, (Puerto Rico) where we lay our scene,…”


From Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet,
Conceived  by Jim Calder, Karina Curet, Keren Lugo and Mona Mansour 
Directed by Jim Calder

Performed by  Keren Lugo and Karina Curet


A NYU Tisch Continuum Company performance


Additional creative input, Giselle Vazquez, and Shane McCrae.

Special thanks: Dean Green, Carl Cofield, Larry Wolff, Perri Klass, Shane McCrae, and Cristina Fantacci



Featured Biographies

Karina Curet


Born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Holds a BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Grad Acting. Won 3rd place in Repertorio Español’s 2022 Voces Latinx Playwriting Competition for her play Agua Por Todas Partes. Has worked as a casting assistant, Shakespeare coach, and theatre teacher. NYU credits include: Queens, All’s Well That Ends Well, Three Sisters, The Tempest, and Learned Ladies of Park Avenue. SUNY Purchase credits include: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Tales From the Vienna Woods, Museum, Inspector General, and Blood Wedding.

Keren Lugo


Off Broadway: At the Wedding (LCT3), Privacy, Romeo y Julieta (The Public Theatre), Actually, We’re F*cked (Cherry Lane Theatre), Two Mile Hollow (Women’s Project), Comedy of Errors (The Public Theatre). Regional: Girls, Scenes From Court Life (Yale Repertory Theater), Water by The Spoonful (Mark Taper Forum), Men on Boats (Baltimore Center Stage), Women of Padilla (Two River Theater), Henry V, Our Town (Chautauqua Theater Festival). TV: New Amsterdam (NBC), Orange is the New Black (Netflix), The Americans (FX). Education: MFA NYU Grad Acting

Mona Mansour


Mona Mansour is a Lebanese-American playwright and TV writer. Her credits include: Unseen (Mosaic Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Vagrant Trilogy (The Public Theater, Mosaic), The Way West (Steppenwolf, Labyrinth), and We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War (Golden Thread). She conceived of the play Beginning Days of True Jubilation, about a start-up gone bust, with the theater company SOCIETY, which she co-founded with Scott Illingworth and Tim Nicolai. With Tala Manassah she has written Falling Down the Stairs.Their play Dressing is part of Facing Our Truths: Short Plays about Trayvon, Race and Privilege.

She started as an actor, performing in the famed Groundlings Sunday Company in Los Angeles. As a writer, she got her start when she was chosen to be part of The Public’s Emerging Writers Group in 2009.  Awards and fellowships include an award in literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters; the Kesselring Prize; the Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting; the Whiting Award; Macdowell and New Dramatists. Mona was a writer for NBC’s long-running series New Amsterdam and has created a series set in the Middle East for Waleed and Joana Zuaiter’s FlipNarrative.

The Continuum Company


The Continuum Company is built on an ethos of a collaborative challenge…we paint ourselves in a corner and in the escape tell our story. Our company is comprised of more than 300 actors and artists, trained by the NYU Tisch Grad Acting Program. Spanning careers over three decades, their diverse talents and eclectic points of view are woven together by a shared vocabulary and collective curiosity. A small group from the Continuum Company gathers each summer at Villa La Pietra in Florence with the purpose of exploring a unique theatrical challenge, provocation, or classical work. In 2012, celebrated author E.L. Doctorow enlisted the group to use its unique storytelling to bring to life his novel The March. In 2014, a 27-person cast fused Homer’s The Illiad with traditional South African music and dance, with script by Laurence Maslon. In 2017 The Odyssey – Everyone’s Seeking Something, an imaginative retelling of the Odyssey, was written by Naomi Lorrain and conceived/created in collaboration with The Continuum Company. A decade prior, a three-person version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, originally developed at Villa La Pietra, went on to a run at the Classical Stage Company in New York City. This summer marks the 17th year of this thrilling collaboration.