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Romeo & Juliet/Layla & Majnun

Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers has been described as “timeless”…perhaps more so than most people think!

There is ample evidence to suggest that one of the main literary sources for the Bard’s story of feuding families comes from a 12th Century Persian tale called Layla & Majnun. In Nizami’s epic poem, two “star-crossed lovers” rebel against the edicts of their parents, embrace their forbidden love, and pay the ultimate price.

“Her parents’ home had become her prison. Guarding the secret of her love, which must not be revealed, she waited, listening to the wind, as it lovingly caressed her tent, hoping it might bring a message from her beloved…”  – Layla & Majnun

Sound familiar?

In this world premiere adaptation, B&B fuses the romantic, haunting poetry of Nizami’s Layla & Majnun into Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, re-imagining the Bard’s tragic lovers in 12th Century Persia during the time of Emperor Constantine.

A timely and powerful exploration of clashing cultures, unrepentant love, and unreasoning hate – and the deep ties that bind us all – performed outdoors at the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza in downtown Hillsboro.

July 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, and August 3, 4, and 5, 2017
The Civic Center Plaza, 150 E Main Street, Hillsboro
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm

Thanks also to our friends at Abu Rasheed Express Mediterranean food, located at the corner of 3rd and Main in downtown Hillsboro, for their generous sponsorship! Abu Rasheed is the PERFECT place to pick up dinner before the show!

Rave Reviews

  • “...the innovative Hillsboro theatrical company is truly breaking new ground.” –Westside Theatre Reviews
  • “Bag&Baggage’s world premiere... is stunning” –Bite Thumbnails
  • “...more engaging and more relatable than most productions I've seen of Romeo & Juliet.” –Broadway World
  • “...one of Bag and Baggage’s best-performed productions.” –Oregon Arts Watch
  • “...an unprecedented cross-cultural collaboration.” –The Oregonian/OregonLive
  • “the first such attempt to merge Shakespeare’s play... with one of its main inspirations” –Oregon Arts Watch
  • “'It isn't Shakespeare, and it isn't Nizami; it is a blending of the two.'” –Hillsboro Tribune
  • “...actors Colin Wood and Cassie Greer rise to the task.” –Willamette Weekly
  • “...a diversity-lens approach to Shakespeare's work could succeed both financially and attract diverse audiences and artists.” –Hillsboro Tribune/Pamplin Media Group

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Runs 7/20/17-8/05/17

Run Time 135 minutes, including 1 intermission(s)

Recommended for ages 12+

Content Advisory:

This is a major adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet and includes text from the Persian Muslim Poet Nizami’s Layla and Majnun. Our adaptation explores the conflict between families (as in Shakespeare’s original), but also includes historical representations of the conflicts evident between Muslim and Christian faiths during the Crusades.

Venue Civic Center Plaza

PAY WHAT YOU WILL NIGHT: July 20th (cash is preferred!)- and 50% of the proceeds from this performance go to support Defensa de la Dignidad!

Please Note: This is an outdoor performance and no seating is provided. Please bring a lawn chair, beach chair, blanket, or other seating option. Please dress warmly as Hillsboro’s summer weather can be variable!

The seating area opens promptly at 6:45pm each evening.

Performances begin promptly at 7:30pm.

The performance area is the main plaza located between 1st and 2nd on Main Street.

Parking is available at the Washington Street Parking lot located on the corner of 1st and Washington Streets.

Alcohol is not permitted in the Civic Center Plaza

The Box Office for this performance is located in the lobby of the Civic Center Plaza, next door to the Starbucks.




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Fechas 7/20/17-8/05/17

Tiempo de Ejecución 135 minutos, incluyendo 1 intermedio(s)

Recomendado para Edades 12+

Lugar de Encuentro Civic Center Plaza

Generously Sponsored by:

Box Office Hours:
M/W/F 11:00am - 5:00pm and 1 hour prior to performances

Our Mailing Address/Main Performance Venue
350 E. Main St., Hillsboro, OR 97123

Phone: 503-345-9590

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