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.
Streamlined and vigorous representation, and this American cast uniformly handles the verse with finesse.
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.
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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