The first production by New World Shakespeare Company casts Jill Stark (pictured left) and Melissa Cecala (pictured right) as the star-cross’d lovers, separated in this production not just by their families’ respective beliefs about a romance between two girls, but also by their very different political and socio-economic perspectives. “The Capulets and Montagues have traditionally been played as feuding families from the same class,” Wiley says. “In our depiction, we chose to create some disparity of class to better reflect current society”—including having Romeo be raised by a single mother.
The long-range goal of the company is to present Shakespeare and other classic works with a contemporary relevance—and to further connect the productions to the community by using proceeds from the performances to support charitable organizations connected to the play’s themes. Romeo & Juliet has been dedicated to local actor Bradford Garrison, who took his own life in March 2012. Proceeds from the production will go to the Bradford Garrison Memorial Account and local suicide-prevention efforts. (Scott Renshaw)
Date: Aug 15, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Address: 4959 S. State, Murray, 84107
Where: Murray Theater