A tragedy by William Shakespeare for this occasion adapted by Neno Pervan
A young, lovesick boy falls instantly in love with a young girl, and she passionately and momentarily loves him back. Their love is bigger than life. Alas, their influential, rich families are locked into a decades-old vendetta. This leads to tragedy. We all know this basic plot of Romeo and Juliet. We know how and where it starts and how it ends. We all recognize it as one of the great love stories.
Yet, we do not know – why? Why do these young lovers have to die? Why do their respective families hate each other so much? Shakespeare did not tell us. We will try to find out. We respect the Bard’s timeless verse, but we are creating our own Verona. Our Romeo and Juliet, and their Love, are on Fire.
Produced by Santa Monica Playhouse and Il Dolce Theatre Company
Featuring: Charlotte Williams (Prince Escalus), Raquel Justice (Juliet), Annalisa Cochrane (Romeo), Sika Lonner (Nurse, Lady Montague), Tory Smith (Mercutio, Capulet), Madeleine Shallan (Benvolio, Balthazar), Gavin Mulcahy (Tybalt, Montague, Paris), Alan Corvaia (Friar Lawrence), Madison Hansen (Lady Capulet), Chantel Adedeji (Juliet-swing), Laura Ann Smyth (Juliet-dancer), Chris Smith (Romeo-dancer)
Director: Neno Pervan Co-Stage Manager: Kavita Mehta Co-Stage Manager: Maureen Beld Light and Sound Designer: Rob Hillig Costume Designer: Lisa Lawrence Choreographer: Rosalynde LeBlanc Intimacy Coordinator/Voice and Text Coach: Stacey Cabaj Dramaturg: Arnab Banerji Public Relations Representative/Social Media Consultant: Quinn DeVries Graphic Design: Lada Pervan
Il Dolce Theatre Company is an ad-hoc self-financed theatre company that brings socially and politically engaged plays by well and lesser-known playwrights from Central and Southeastern Europe to audiences in Los Angeles. Its main goal is to cultivate theatre that is unfamiliar in LA and use it to inform and enrich theatre-goers.
Santa Monica Playhouse programs are supported in part by grants from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, the Ahmanson Foundation, the Rotary Club Foundation and Playhouse PALS.
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