Abstract

James Reynolds (Kingston University, UK) and Maryrica Ortiz Lottman (UNC Charlotte, USA) collaborated on an innovative theatrical production and summer study abroad program. They developed and staged a student production that paired a new, hour-long abridgment of Shakespeare’s Pericles with an original, hour-long adaptation of Cervantes’s La gran sultana (which they called The Sultan’s Queen). The authors juxtaposed the plays to highlight Shakespeare’s and Cervantes’s shared roots and interests, especially in their depictions of the early modern Mediterranean world. Both plays depict not only the conflicts and perils of cross-cultural travels but also the fertile promise of those experiences, and both demonstrate the transnational character of early modern theater. The project required international and cross-disciplinary collaboration at every level and appealed to a variety of academic and performance disciplines.

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