Shakespeare and the traditions of the Aztec, Maya and Catholics!

Shakespeare and the traditions of the Aztec, Maya and Catholics!

Shakespeare and the traditions of the Aztec, Maya and Catholics!
By Tony Zamorano – español abajo
With the opening
night of ¡O Romeo! right
around the corner, along with this year’s celebration of Día de los
Muertos
(Day of the Dead), now is an appropriate time to
look at the importance of both the holiday and the integration of it into
William Shakespeare’s work. Join us, along with Hamlet, Yorick, Titania,
and many others from Shakespeare’s plays, to celebrate this year’s Día de los Muertos!
Día de los
Muertos
is one of Mexico’s most profound and culturally defining holidays, combining
Aztec, Mayan, and Catholic beliefs to highlight the heritage embodied by country’s diverse people.  From the tradition of gaining
luck by biting into the rubber skull baked into the pan de muerto (bread
of the dead) in Puebla, to the religious practice of worshiping the dead in
remembrance of their loved ones in Cuilapan, Oaxaca, this holiday enables all
of Mexico to show appreciation for not only their ancestors and family, but
also their traditions and culture as a country.  Although each region
celebrates the holiday in a different way, it brings the community together on
November 1st and 2nd to remember their loved ones. 
With the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death coming up
on April 23, 2016, this year’s integration of Shakespeare and Dia de los
Muertos
is a great way to remember a man who altered
the landscape of drama in dominant Western culture.  Shakespeare changed
the way his world viewed tragedy, comedy, satire, and social constructs through
plays such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and A Midsummer’s
Night’s Dream
, among others.  As such, ¡O Romeo!  embraces both the comedic
and tragic elements of theatre that perfectly blends the two for this year’s
celebration.

Get your tickets now for ¡O Romeo! to see how Shakespeare and Dia
de los Muertos
have come
together
for a celebration of the dead! Visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253 weekdays
9:30 .a.m. – 5:30 p.m. or visit our online box office at any time!

Save money on tickets by attending the public preview on Oct 16! Tickets for this night only are $16 when bought in advance!