Romeo and Juliet is one of the most magical Shakespeare plays – but it relies heavily on a huge dollop on on-stage chemistry between the actors playing the star-crossed lovers. Shakespeare gives these two teenagers some of the most beautiful poetry imaginable, as well as hugely rich character arcs, passionately intense predicaments, and scenes full of complex and conflicting emotions. Any director faces a dilemma: do you cast somewhat age-appropriate younger actors, or choose more experienced actors perhaps better equipped to handle the language’s technical demands?
As both the Producer and Director of this production, I can admit we didn’t get it quite right. While the production featured some stunning acting work, wonderful sword play, and sumptuous period costumes, it didn’t quite jell. Of all our productions, it was one of the least successful artistically.
Gary S. Martinez*
Leslie de Palo
Michael A. Berg
of Verona, Officers
Interns & Apprentices
Artistic Director - Robert Currier
Set & Lighting Design - Bruce Lackovic
Costume Design - Michael A. Berg
Props Design - Mary Jo Gross
Fight Director - The Academy of the Sword -
Sound Design - Billie Cox
Production Stage Manager - Janette Hubert*
of Actor's Equity Association,