Hamlet Isn't Dead Presents RICHARD II and ROMEO & JULIET

By: Sep. 26, 2015
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Hamlet Isn't Dead Presents: Richard II and Romeo & Juliet: Oct. 31st - Nov. 22nd, 2015.

Power, passion, and politics reign in Hamlet Isn't Dead's "Vendetta Duology." Both plays feature themes of violence, corruption, and civil strife that still resonate heavily today. Hamlet Isn't Dead is thrilled to return to Westbeth Artists Community to present Shakespeare's most famous lovers and his most downtrodden king. Utilizing the same eight actors, Romeo and Juliet and Richard II will be performed in rep, continuing HID's mission to present Shakespeare's canon chronologically and explore the Bard's immortal themes.

Emily C. A. Snyder directs Richard II:
"For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings" - Richard II, III.2

How much can you truly love something, until you know its loss? Shakespeare's history plays, which begin chronologically with Richard II, watch the throw and overthrow of king after king, as each new contender vies to possess the hollow crown. At a time when politics and ideologies continue to divide brother from brother, this production explores the shifting allegiances, collateral damage, unexpected humor, and the fragile loneliness of power which still haunt us to this day.

David Andrew Laws directs Romeo and Juliet:
Romeo and Juliet is a play about survival. We are thrust into a world where violence constantly erupts on the city streets; where hate and revenge sit on the tip of every tongue; and where star-crossed lovers fight their fate from the beginning to the tragic end. We are aware, more than ever, of the constant and present danger in today's society, and Romeo & Juliet's Verona is no different. Join us for an earthy, close, and heart-breaking tale as Italy's most infamous feud comes to a disastrous head.

Opening Night Double Feature w/ Halloween Party to follow:
October 31st: Richard II - 2pm
Romeo & Juliet - 5pm

Thursday, Nov. 5th: Romeo & Juliet - 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 7th: Romeo & Juliet - 3pm
Richard II - 8pm

Thursday, Nov. 19th: Romeo & Juliet - 8pm
Friday, Nov. 20th: Richard II - 8pm

Saturday, Nov. 21st: Richard II - 3pm
Romeo & Juliet - 8pm

Sunday, Nov. 22nd: Richard II - 2pm
Romeo & Juliet - 5pm

For Tickets and More information, visit: r2rj.brownpapertickets.com or e-mail hamletisntdead@gmail.com

"Hamlet Isn't Dead is New York City's 286th-best Shakespeare-related theatre troupe. Founded in 2013, they are dedicated to presenting the works of William Shakespeare in chronological order, from Two Gentlemen of Verona to Two Noble Kinsmen. Their work focuses on simplicity of design and greatness of talent, believing that the stories Shakespeare told have survived the past few centuries for a reason. It's good theatre done by good actors for good audiences."

Cast and Crew:
Directors: David Andrew Laws & Emily C. A. Snyder
Stage Manager: Jason Edwards

Romeo/Sampson/Duke of York/Gardener's Servant: Nathan Luttrull?
Juliet/Gregory/Percy/Bushy/Lady in Waiting: Madeline Wolf
Tybalt/Friar Laurence/Mowbray/Bagot/Exton: Amanda Clark
Benvolio/John of Gaunt/Bishop/Gardener/ Duchess of York: Kineta Kunutu?
Mercutio/Paris/Prince/Richard II: Morgan Hooper
Lord Capulet/Bolingbroke: Robin Rightmyer
Lady Capulet/Abraham/Northumberland/Green: Alice Qin
Nurse/Montague/Queen Isabella/Duke of Aumerle: Kitty Mortland


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