TheatreVCU

Shakespeare’s R & J – September 2011

Shakespeare’s R & J – September 2011

Adapted by Joe Calarco 

Female Cast Directed by Matt Johnson  • Male Cast Directed by Stephen Fried

Six prep-school students discover a forbidden copy of Romeo & Juliet and begin to read the play. In this refreshing production we experienced them slip deeper into self-expression as they go at first from adolescent mocking to soulful re-enactment as the magic of the play takes hold. The rigidity of their lives parallel the lives of the characters in the play as perceptions forever change, the fun of play acting turns serious, and the words and meanings begin to hit home. Two completely different casts, one all male, the other all female. Performed on alternate nights these productions pulsated with the adolescent abandonment of which Shakespeare himself would approve.