Shakespeare on the Rocks celebrates its 27th season

October 20, 2015


Shakespeare on the Rocks (SOTR) is celebrating its 27th season with Hamlet, Romeo and Julieta, and Much Ado About Nothing.



Photo by Isaac Viera

Chamizal National Memorial hosts Shakespeare

on the Rocks - Much Ado About Nothing.



The remaining dates on which the shows will be held are Oct. 23 through Oct. 25. 

Festival artistic director Hector Serrano retired from the EPCC Theatre department in 2014 after 34 years. Serrano said he would draw the main group of actors from his students in the theatre program at EPCC.

“They have a chance to do three different plays in a very short period,” Serrano said. 

“Many of them are in all three plays which is called repertory, and I think that’s very good practice for an actor. It gives them a wonderful opportunity do to something special and unique.”

SOTR producer David Mills has been an arts administrator and theatre producer in the city for more than thirty years. He said it is an important tourist attraction. 



Photo by Isaac Viera

Considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies that combines moments of seriousness and  attentive humor.

“We always wanted to create a repertory theatre company for two reasons,” Mills said, “one, to be a tourist attraction so that way someone can come to El Paso, and in one weekend see two or three plays; two, it’s excellent actor training to be in two or three shows simultaneously.


It really gives them the kind of experience that is invaluable if they want to pursue acting as a career.


The arts are an important outlet for performers to express themselves. From the point of view of the classical theatre audience, it’s a way to plug in to theatre that is hundreds of years old. There are a lot of timeless ideas that come out of those plays.


It’s important for us to remember that and carry those values into the future.”


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