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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 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,
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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