Romeo and Juliet

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jeff Wise

The Davenport Theatre
New York, NY
June 23 - July 9, 2016

​Wheelhouse set out to break with cliché in tackling Shakespeare’s most iconic love story, mining the polarities of comedy and tragedy, love and hate, through playful ensemble-driven work which lies at the heart of the Wheelhouse approach to theater. Recognizing that the latter half of the play mirrors the first, we set up a great height of comedic joy from which to fall into the depths of tragedy. A tragedy which proves to be the only possible antidote to breaking the cycle of conflict embedded in a divided status quo that feels eerily familiar to our current cultural climate.

Critical Praise

Streamlined and vigorous representation, and this American cast uniformly handles the verse with finesse.
Darryl Reilly, Theaterscene
If the team set out to shatter the preconceived ideas of a traditional Romeo and Juliet, then it should be proud. The independent and ensemble-driven efforts of the cast coupled with the directors’ trust, causes this bud to blossom...The Wheelhouse Theater Company prides itself on its ensemble-focused efforts, and in this they don’t disappoint.
MR Anderson, Theater Pizzaz

Creative and Cast

Author:  William Shakespeare

Director: Jeffrey Wise, Matt Harrington

Scenic Design:  Brittany Vasta

Lighting Design: Drew Florida

Sound Design: Matt Bittner

Production Stage Manager: Theresa Flanagan

Production Assistant: Alona Shewach

Fight Captain: David Kenner

Assistant Lighting Design: Suzu Sakai

Lighting Intern: Xingying Peng

Set Construction: Ken Larson

Wheelhouse Theater Company: Matt Harrington, David Kenner, Michael Schantz, Jeffrey Wise

Cast: Cary Donaldson, Rebecca S'Manga Frank, David Kenner, Rachel Mewbron, Brendan Titley, Marin Lee


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