Adapted & Directed by Joe Calarco
Four young men. One scarf. Shakespeare’s transcendent saga of forbidden love reimagined in a brave and bold in-the-round setting.
A repressive all-male Catholic boarding school bans Romeo and Juliet in favor of Latin conjugations and the Ten Commandments. Four students unearth a secret copy and steal into the night to recite the prohibited tale of adolescent passion. While it begins as a lark, the story gradually draws the boys into a discovery of universal truth that parallels their own coming-of-age. A riveting drama within a drama, Shakespeare’s R&J transcends the boundaries between play and player.
“A small miracle – Joe Calarco would appear to be a theater man of imagination and vision. This production is truly astonishing.” —The New York Times
“I’ve seldom seen teenage isolation, insecurity, vulnerability and pain so touchingly evoked.” —The Times
Joel David Santner
Production Stage Manager