For Sarah Luz Cordoba, there’s very little that can match the spectacle of free outdoor theater.
“It’s great for the community, especially the children in the community,” said Cordoba, who plays Roxanne in the Saratoga Shakespeare production of “Cyrano,” which opened Tuesday and continues through July 30 in Congress Park. “Personally, that’s how I got involved. We went on a field trip in the second grade to see a play and I had never seen one before. It totally changed my life.”
WHERE: Saratoga Shakespeare,
Congress Park, Saratoga Springs
WHEN: Through July 30;
performances are at
6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday,
3 p.m. Sunday
HOW MUCH: Free
MORE INFO: www.saratogashakespeare.com, 587-2166
Cordoba, who grew up in Miami and does a lot of Spanish theater in southern Florida, is returning to Saratoga Shakespeare for the second time, having played Olivia in “Twelfth Night” in 2012. She is a graduate of Florida International University and the Teatro Prometeo Conservatory.
“I think adults will appreciate the story in ‘Cyrano,’ along with the poetry and romance, and the kids will love the fight scenes and the costumes,” said Cordoba. “Free outdoor theater is a wonderful experience for everyone, and I think it’s important for the community to have something like this.”
Cordoba has been performing for as long as she can remember.
“When I was little I would choreograph all my sisters and we would put on performances for my parents and other family members,” she said. “I really started pursuing it as a career in middle school and high school.”
She has plenty of Shakespeare credits on her resume, and Roxanne is one of her favorite characters.
“She’s not the typical damsel in distress,” said Cordoba. “She’s smart, funny, loves art and poetry, and she does the opposite of what is expected of women at that time. She wants to fall in love with someone who is in love with art and poetry as much as she is. She also goes off to war with the boys, so she’s a very courageous woman.”
Joining Cordoba on stage in “Cyrano” will be Wesley Broulik in the title role. Broadway veteran Wynn Harmon is also in the cast, as are Capital Region favorites Tim Dugan, Yvonne Perry, John Romeo and David Baecker. William Finlay, the founding artistic director at Saratoga Shakespeare, is directing the show.
This production of “Cyrano” is based on a new translation of Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner. It is the first non-Shakespeare classical play performed by the company, which is celebrating its 16th season and marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616.
For the first time, Saratoga Shakespeare is offering two different productions over three weeks, with the classic “Romeo and Juliet” taking over the Congress Park stage Aug. 2-7. David Girard, the group’s associate artistic director, will direct the show. The cast will include Schenectady High grad Raya Malcolm as Juliet, while Cordoba will play Lady Montague.
“I do love ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and it really is one of my favorites,” said Cordoba. “I get to play Lady Montague but I also play a couple of other characters. Everybody except the leads is double cast in the show.”
Reach Gazette reporter Bill Buell at
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