Romeo and Juliet...Choose Your Own Ending
Romeo and Juliet: Wouldn't it be great if they didn't all die at the end? Now YOU get to control the fate of these timeless characters!
Have you ever read a book or seen a movie and just thought to yourself, “I wish that had ended differently!” Imagine an experience where you can laugh and cry with the characters, and then help them choose their next course of action throughout the play. What would you change? How does a single different action change the entire story?
We all sat through ninth grade English class. For most, this was our first introduction to Shakespeare; Romeo and Juliet. Loved by some, hated by others, confusing many. In the style of the traditional Choose Your Own Adventure books, and similar to Adam Long’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Shawn and Ann Fraistrat’s Romeo and Juliet: Choose Your Own Ending, is a chance to experience this classical piece in real time, with the audience making choices for the characters throughout the show. With eight possible endings, this play will make you look at Shakespeare and theatre in a completely new light.
Slant of Light believes that all theatre has a place in the world; it’s only a matter of finding where it fits. We chose this show because we believe that it can appeal to a wide range of ages, sensibilities, and gives our local communities a sense of control and participation in the art that they help support as audience members. We want to empower people with the belief that they have choices.
A Choose Your Own Adventure style story implicitly holds the idea that every member of the community can and should have a say in the entertainment that is presented to them. Too often theatre is viewed as a static thing such as a movie or a painting—but as any participant in a performance will know, every night is unique.
The reality is that in the history of theatre it was not uncommon for the audiences who would turn out for theatrical troupes to call out and even actively participate in the performances. They were allowed to live in the world with the actors and a show such as this offers the very same opportunity. We hope that in bringing such a show to audiences, especially those that have felt isolated from the world of theatre, that we can show them that the audience is an integral part of any show.
Our dream is that just maybe it will embolden the community to know they have the power and ability to create, enjoy, and share theatre of their very own.
Risks and challenges
When I was seven years old I wrote a play entitled "Where the Rainbow Ends." I held auditions during recess and convinced my elementary school teacher to let us rehearse after school. We performed the play for the rest of my grade and the grade above us.
Twenty years later I found myself in tears in a San Francisco hotel room trying to fill out the massive 1023 government application to garner non-profit status. Five months later, it was granted.
There has not been a single project I have not shed a tear over. And this will be no exception. From our exhaustive search for the best yet affordable space, to gathering a cast that is not only able to perform in one show, but one show with EIGHT different versions, this interesting show is going to be an uphill battle. The thing is, I wouldn't have it any other way. While we present with the usual community theater challenges of filling an audience, producing a quality performance, finding lighting and sound equipment, and casting just the right performers, this show is unique in its promise to our audience and community. We face the additional challenge of creating a piece of art that the community can share in and help facilitate the final product, a product that will be different night after night.
In looking at this massive undertaking, I think that the biggest risk with this show is bringing in a massive X factor to a usually carefully planned and executed type of art. Our audience is our X factor, and in essence we are creating a partnership with the audience each night, trusting each other to move the play forward and to create the best possible work we can.
I believe we are up to the challenge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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