GARY | Perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most produced plays. The romance of the star-crossed lovers in Gary Shakespeare’s intimate 50 seat performance space is extended for 3 more performances at 7:30 pm. on Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 15.
Director Morgan McCabe says "there are parallels between the blood on our streets and the blood on the streets of Verona 400 years ago."
The ancient grudge between the Capulets and the Montagues resolves only with their children's death; only then are the two sides compelled to end retaliation by bloodshed.
This is McCabe’s directorial debut with GSC. She is a professional actor and director and appeared in GSC’s 2013 inaugural production of King Lear. Most recently she appeared in The Crucible at Indiana Repertory Theatre.
The cast of Romeo and Juliet features Indiana University Northwest student Maegan Glass as Juliet, Purdue University Calumet student Curtis Lewis, as Romeo, and GSC members Kelly Horton and Jennifer Mead. Rounding out the cast are Kim Perz, Kloe Brady, Mario Dongu, PJ Culbertson, Crystal Watson, Brandon Hearne, Morgan McCabe and ensemble members De- monte Lavizzo, Kevin Jackson, Jeremiah McCottrelle, Aimee McDonald and Jim Severa.
The production team includes Violence Design by R&D Choreography, Scenic Design by Tony V. Martin and Lighting Design by P.J. Culbertson.
Written between 1594 and 1596, Romeo and Juliet "hath been often plaid publiquely," including 17th century stagings where the lovers live happily ever after. The language of the play is endowed with great lyricism, not surprising as Shakespeare was writing the sonnets and A Midsummer Night’s Dream during this period. More than 50 film and television adaptations inspired by this timeless story have been produced.
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