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Our all-female production is set in 1920’s Chicago where gang wars between the Italian and Irish dominated Underground Speakeasies.

The Shakespeare's Sister Company is raising funds for our upcoming all-female theatrical production "Romeo and Juliet" to premiere Valentine's Day, 2012 in New York City's East Village. Our film noir version features chicks with guns during the 1929 St. Valentines Day Massacre!  Please view our video trailer above, which includes a discussion with our director.  We're offering great perks and would be thrilled for you to be a part of this project!

The Need

In 33 days, we will need to raise a minimum of $8000 to get the show up and running for a solid production run. 

In Our Production...

This epic tragedy will be set in the roaring 1920’s of Chicago when gang rivalries between the Italian and Irish sprung up over power struggles within the underworld culture. Emulating the Al Capone vs. Bugs Malone rivalry, the Capulet's will represent the Italian south side and the Montague's will claim the Irish north side.

Underground Speakeasies, playing jazz and rag time music, provide a mysterious setting to escape from the strict laws of prohibition.  With a high unemployment rate leading toward the great depression, desperate people take desperate measures to maintain jobs and keep friends.  The Capulet's host a masked ball where they invite policemen to drink from their illegal alcohol stock and seal the deal to keep their bootlegging anonymous.   Romeo sneaks into the Capulet’s masquerade party to spy on their transactions and falls into forbidden love with the fair Juliet.  The Capulet’s domination of bootlegging infuriates the Irish and sets up the tension leading to murderous fights between the two groups akin to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929

Women have just gained the right to vote but there is still much to fight for in this patriarchal and dangerous society.   Juliet will test the waters of exploring women’s new found freedom by dating a boy from the wrong side of town. She journeys from a young woman forced to have a constant guard (her nurse) to a cultured flapper who visits speakeasies, has male sleepovers, and is allowed to decide her own fate.  

SSC Mission

With an all female cast, this show will create opportunities for women to play both female and male roles in a divided society.    Women will play the men as men allowing females to explore the violent nature of gangsters adjacent to women playing females trying to find the strength to fight for their right to rise up in society.

ABOUT THE SSC

The Shakespeare's Sister Company is a not-for-profit theater organization supporting women in the arts. Our mission is to address global change through the theater, including workshops with the community and literacy for youth.

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    Acknowledgement in the playbill of our 2012 production "Romeo and Juliet" and on the Shakespeare's Sister Company official website patrons page!

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    Theatrical production postcard and playbill signed by the cast. Acknowledgement in the playbill of our 2012 production "Romeo and Juliet" and on the Shakespeare's Sister Company official website patrons page!

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    A souvenir set of four lollipops of the leading characters, theatrical production postcard and playbill signed by the cast. Acknowledgement in the playbill of our 2012 production "Romeo and Juliet" and on the Shakespeare's Sister Company official website patrons page!

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    All of the above plus a post-show photo montage print of the production!

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    All of the above plus one VIP ticket to the show and an official Shakespeare's Sister Company tee-shirt!

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    All of the above plus two VIP tickets (two tickets total) to the show and invitation to attend the exclusive cast party with the Romeo and Juliet cast!

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    All of the above plus an invitation to participate in our pre-show fight call guided by the cast and fight director, as well as a commemorative DVD of the SSC's Romeo and Juliet theatrical trailer and promotional kickstarter trailer!

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    All of the above plus a NYC all-inclusive pub crawl with the director of "Romeo and Juliet", Misti Wills, and the artistic director of the Shakespeare's Sister Company, Kris Lundberg!

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    All of the above plus a date with Juliet! Delve in the luxury of a private home-cooked spectacular meal, delectable wine and great company. Not to be missed!

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