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Romeo and Juliet at Moody's Pub is an adapted, 90-minute version of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, performed for free in a restaurant
55 backers pledged $2,182 to help bring this project to life.

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Our Goal

with romeo and juliet, we aim to create an event that makes the traditional interaction between audience and play more personal and less formal, moving the play out of the conventional theater and into the bar courtyard, encouraging patrons to make themselves comfortable- eat, drink, laugh, talk to each other, talk to us, even ignore us if you prefer- while eight actors and musicians perform around, between, and through the restaurant environment. It will be an exploration not only of the play itself, but of the boundaries of what a theatrical experience can be, attempting to work within the structure of the restaurant to produce a work that feels organic to the space.  

cut down to 90 minutes, and featuring original music performed live, our romeo and juliet should be an intimate look into the classic play as well as a fun event for a summer night.

For more information or to contact us, visit our website at bar-and-jay.squarespace.com, or send an e-mail to Jake (Business Producer) at sjakepollock@gmail.com

The Cast

Actor 1: Juliet/Sampson: Zoe Maltby

Actor 2: Romeo/ Claudio: Pernell Myers

Actor 3: Mercutio/ Paris/ Prince Escalus: Ross Lemmon

Actor 4: Tybalt/ Balthasar/ Montague: Ray Rehberg

Actor 5: Lord Capulet/ Friar Laurence/ Abraham: Will Kazda

Actor 6: Lady Capulet/ Benvolio/ Friar John: Annie Munch

Actor 7: Nurse/ Apothecary/ Lady Montague/ Gregory: Shawn Morganlander

The Team

Director/Adapter:Ned Baker

Business Producer: Jake Pollock

Artistic Producer:Ross Lemmon

Stage Manager: Justin Leider

Composer/ Music Director: Patrick Budde

Costume Design: Kelsey Melvin

Choreographer: Frankie DiCaccio

Space Design: Corinne Bass

Outreach Coordinator: Danielle Littman

Online Media Consultant: Kelley Abell

Fight Choreography Consultant: Alex Tey

Script Supervisor: Casey Wortmann

Donations

Donations will be applied towards the total costs of producing and marketing the show, which can be broken down into the following categories:

Artistic- Procuring and developing unified and expressive costumes, which will be crucial in helping the audience to determine which character an actor is playing at any given moment; procuring necessary props to help tell the story; procuring set dressings that will decorate the space.

Administrative- Producing and disseminating advertising materials to our target audience, renting space for auditions/ rehearsals, actor/designer stipends, various printing, arranging, and other 'office costs.'  

We're walking a fine line between two competing philosophies: The idea that theatre can and should be free to the public, and the idea that a group of artists can make a high-quality, experimental project without taking a huge loss on it. The only way that these ideas can be reconciled is through the generosity and support of people like you, and so for taking the time to check out and support our project, 

Thank you!

Jake and the Romeo and Juliet team

Risks and challenges

The largest inherent risk in the project is the performances themselves. In working within- as opposed to overtaking- the established restaurant operations of Moody's Pub, we're experimenting with a fairly novel performance style. This show, and the actors who aim to perform it, will have to cooperate with the space and the staff in demanding and unpredictable ways. Night to night, week to week, everything about the performances will be different save the text and music, and the actors will be responsible for navigating those changes in a way that makes the audience feel safe, comfortable, and engaged enough to follow the story and actively listen to the verse- verse which, as with all Shakespearean language, requires intense amounts of physical and intellectual preparation to communicate. We are also, as independent 20-somethings hoping to log an entry in the vast annals of Chicago Theatre history, very young. So on many fronts we have our work cut out for us. We recognize these challenges, though; we believe that the risk itself is what will breathe new life into this oft-mounted play, and we are excited to combine what acquired talents and skill we have- all cast members being young professional actors or upperclassmen studying the craft, and all team members having professional experience in their field- with the same sense of youthful energy and abandon that imbues the play with its power. We are keenly aware of the challenges we face in attempting to build an effective piece of theatre, but the purpose of the project is to battle those very challenges in a way that will include our audience in the thrill and joy of that mission.

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    - Listing on our website as a 'Benefactor: Fried Seaburger Division'
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    - If you attend the show, a choice table will be reserved for you.

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    - Listing on our website as 'Benefactor: Sangria Pitcher Division'
    - Receive a Romeo and Juliet at Moody's Pub Postcard with a handwritten note on the back, signed by all cast members.
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    -Receive a copy of a cast recording of original music from the show.

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    - Listing on our website as 'Benefactor: Moody Blue Burger Division'
    - Receive a Romeo and Juliet at Moody's Pub Postcard with a handwritten note on the back, signed by all cast members.
    - If you attend the show, a choice table will be reserved for you.
    -Receive a copy of a cast recording of original music from the show.
    - Receive an original song composed and sung to you by R and J team members, either in a video or, if you come to the show, live.

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    - Listing on our website as 'Benefactor: Moody's Top Sirloin Steak Division'
    - Receive a Romeo and Juliet at Moody's Pub Postcard with a handwritten note on the back, signed by all cast members.
    - If you attend the show, a choice table will be reserved for you.
    -Receive a copy of a cast recording of original music from the show.
    - Receive an original song composed and sung to you by R and J team members, either in a video or, if you come to the show, live.
    - A team member will run an errand for you.
    - The show will cover food and drink for you and a guest at the show.

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