directed by Nolan Boyer
“THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS HAVE VIOLENT ENDS”
ACT II SCENE VI
TWO HOUSEHOLDS, BOTH ALIKE IN DIGNITY
Verona is a city dominated by the houses of Montague and Capulet, who have been feuding for so long that they’ve forgotten how it all started; all that remains between them is hatred. Despite this enmity, Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love at a Capulet masque, laying plans for their immediate marriage shortly thereafter. But mere hours after they are wed by Friar Lawrence, Romeo becomes entangled in a street and is banished from Verona. At Juliet’s desperate behest, Friar Lawrence concocts a plan for her to be reunited with her lover once more.
“[…]Romeo and Juliet, especially, is a hard play to approach without expectations, but since the beginning, we’ve been as pragmatic with it as a bunch of Shakespeare nerds can be. We’re not going for a theme, or constructing a thesis statement, or performing in perfect iambic pentameter, we’re just putting on a play. And though you’ll know from the opening prologue that this love story is doomed, we hope to show you something new, something honest. Something true of ourselves. It’s all we can ever hope to do.”
Nolan Boyer, Director