BWW Interview: Christopher Rose, director of ROMEO AND JULIET at Mill Town Players

BWW Interview: Christopher Rose, director of ROMEO AND JULIET at Mill Town Players

Mill Town Players puts an Appalachian spin on an old favorite with their new production of Romeo and Juliet, opening October 26.

We asked director Christopher Rose to tell us about his unique vision for this timeless tale.

What's your approach to this production?

We are placing the show deep in the mountains of Appalachia in the late 19th Century.

Why did you choose this setting and how do you think it enhances the material?

The late 19th Century in the Appalachian Mountains is known for its feuding families, the most famous of which were the Hatfields and McCoys. Also, Linguists and etymologists postulate that the sound of the Appalachian dialect is the closest surviving pronunciation to that of Shakespeare's England. The nature of the Bard's poetry lends itself well to the sing-song cadence of mountain folk. And, it also gave us a chance to work some subplots of struggle, alcoholism, abuse and poverty into the mix.

What do you think is the continuing appeal of this story?

I think young love is a universal theme that most if not all people can relate to, as is the idea that we can be prisoners of our choices and actions. Forgiveness, sacrifice and redemption are all key players in Romeo and Juliet and those are values that we hold close to heart.

What do you hope audiences will take away with them?

I hope people can walk away having taken a moment to think about what we leave behind for our children. I want people to question what sacrifices future generations will have to pay for our grudges, wastefulness, polarization and lack of responsibility today. I think we all have a little in common with those angry Capulets and Montagues, and that should make us pause.

Who are some of the key cast and creative team?BWW Interview: Christopher Rose, director of ROMEO AND JULIET at Mill Town Players

Friar Laurence, Al Means

Balthasar, Marie Means

Benvolio, Will Landrum

Tybalt, Matthew Garrison

Capulet, Ken Thomason

Lady Capulet, Anne Robards

Montague, Ed Chambers

Lady Montague, Debbie Chambers

Romeo, Greg Middleton

Paris, Jason Masters

Nurse, Cindy Mixon

Juliet, Kat Bates

Mercutio, Kelly Crittendon

Scenic Design: Will Ragland

Sound Design: Ashley Bingham

Lighting Design: John King

Costume Design: Beth King

Romeo and Juliet runs October 26 through November 4 at mill Town Players in Pelzer, SC. For tickets and additional information visit

Photo Credit: Escobar Photography

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