Connecticut Repertory Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet, 11/29-12-9
Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) will present William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, November 29 – December 9 in the Nafe Katter Theatre, Storrs. For tickets and
information, call 860-486-2113 and visit www.crt.uconn.edu.
This timeless tale of "star-cross'd lovers" fills the stage with dizzying swordplay and delightful
wordplay. From the first blush of forbidden teenage love, to the blooming of a passion that
fuels death itself, Shakespeare's classic love story thrills anew in every generation. In the heat
of a raging feud between their two households, teenagers Romeo and Juliet lose their hearts to each other in a chance meeting. With a price on Romeo's head, and Juliet suddenly betrothed to another man, the young lovers share a night of forbidden passion before Romeo flees the city. Juliet's desperate pleas to call off the wedding are denied, and she hatches a secret plan for them to be reunited, with devastating consequences. Connecticut Repertory Theatre winds up 2012 with a play as passionate, comic and frightening as love itself.
For more than 400 years, William Shakespeare's first tragedy Romeo and Juliet has enthralled
audiences worldwide. The powerful tragedy is one of the most frequently staged of the Bard's
works -- inspiring a Broadway musical, two operas, numerous ballet and dance interpretations, and more than 60 film and television adaptations.
Artistic Director Vincent J. Cardinal said, "Romeo and Juliet is, indeed, a story for the ages. Each generation has seen these young lovers from the unique perspectives of their times. It is the layering of time that has influenced our approach to this production. It is, at first blush, a
production firmly rooted in 16th century Italy. The costume silhouettes and the scenic elements are those of Verona in the late 1500s, but the details – an iPod, fluorescent lights, an ancient fresco, a song with synthesizer – emerge as messengers from their eras. It is, after all, a story that we tell today, informed fully by our collective history."
Romeo and Juliet transcend time and place. This production will feature Renaissance and
contemporary elements to tell Shakespeare's masterful love story, where two young lovers
insist on each other despite the intractable conflict between their two houses. It is a world
where young people are cast into a cycle of violence perpetuated by their parents, with
catastrophic results. It is a story that is as relevant in 21 st century America as it was in
16th century Europe, and likely for all time.
Will Haden (Romeo) is a 2nd year MFA actor. Credits include: CRT – O Beautiful (Jesus),
The Winter's Tale (Florizel); Hope Summer Rep. - Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Darcy), An InspectorCalls (Inspector Goole); Graduate Acting Project - King Lear (Edgar); Village Playhouse -Xanadu (Sonny), Mauritius (Dennis), The Little Dog Laughed (Alex).
Hannah Kaplan (Juliet) is a senior BFA Actor. Credits Include - CRT: O Beautiful
(Alice Fletcher), The Winter's Tale (Mopsa), I'm Connecticut (Virginia), Our Town (Rebecca
Gibbs), Pride and Prejudice (Mary Bennet), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Henrietta Iscariot), and the Nutmeg Summer Series production of Guys and Dolls. Other Credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Miracle Worker, Blood Wedding, The Santaland Diaries, Chicago, and James and the Giant Peach. This past summer Hannah trained at the Michael Howard Studios in New York City.