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Romeo and Juliet
EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND!
By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by MATT PFEIFFER
On the F. Otto Haas Stage
February 25 - April 11, 2010
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“Here’s much to do with hate but more with love.” – Romeo

Do you remember what it feels like to love with abandon and revel in raw elation?

Rediscover the world’s most enduring story: a tale of pure passion between the children of sworn enemies.

On a simple stage, this visceral production celebrates the language and indelible characters of Shakespeare’s masterpiece.

Recommended for 8th grade and older.
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Critical Acclaim–

"Both beautiful and deeply moving. Making the play fresh enough to deliver emotional impact is a challenge. Another is finding two actors with enough power and maturity of technique to play these enormous roles, so full of poetry and passion…that challenge is handsomely met in Evan Jonigkeit's Romeo and Mahira Kakkar's Juliet. And what a brilliant stroke it was to cast Scott Greer as Lord Capulet, speaking the lines with a remarkable combination of naturalness and splendor."
–The Philadelphia Inquirer


"An ambitious production of Shakespeare's classic…a small army of gifted regional players living their lines with such intensity that it almost knocks your socks off. Special credit goes to Evan Jonigkeit (Romeo), Mahira Kakkar (Juliet), and Matt Pfeiffer, a director who knows what he wants and gets it." KYW [Review]

"Matt Pfeiffer’s exhilarating production… makes R&J feel like a new play instead of a 400-year-old fossil. Easily Shakespeare’s most romantic and humorous tragedy, the Arden’s production effectively elicits a wide range of emotions and in doing so confirms Shakespeare’s place as theater’s most versatile playwright." –Philadelphia Weekly [Review]

"A delightful, modern production of Romeo and Juliet, reminding us that though Shakespeare may seem a thing of the past its lessons about loyalty, family, violence, youth, and love still ring true. Perhaps the stand out technical element of the show is the Fight Direction by Dale Anthony Girard that leaves the audience on the edge of their seats waiting for the next quarrel to break out." –BroadwayWorld.com [Review]

"We're instantly involved in the timeless tragedy…This Romeo and Juliet's thrills, though, lie with the color-blind (i.e., a random spectrum of ethnicity) supporting cast." –City Paper [Review]

"Performed by a superb multicultural cast…Jonigkeit captivated the youthful audience with his fresh good looks and obvious gift for comedy." –The Philadelphia Tribune [Review]

"What really makes this production special are Pfeiffer's discreet cuts and cinematic-style crosscutting, which gives the production a sense of urgency. There are lively performances all around. Evan Jonigkeit is an engaging Romeo, playing the role with lots of power and warmth. As Juliet, Mahira Kakkar alternates nicely between gravity and comedy." –Talkin’ Broadway [Review]


Behind the Scenes–

Opening Night of Romeo and Juliet featured on 6ABC Action News [View]

WHYY discusses Shakespeare and the Arden's Romeo and Juliet [Text and Audio]

The Philadelphia Tribune interviews Brian Anthony Wilson, the Prince in Romeo and Juliet [Interview]

Main Line Ticket interviews Melanye Finister, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet [Interview]

The Northeast Times profiles Stage Manager Katharine Hanley [Interview]

Suzanne O’Donnell (Nurse) and Shawn Fagan (Mercutio) talk to RepRadio, Philly’s local theatre Podcast [Listen]


Production Sponsor–

Fox Chase Bank check presentation (l-r) Angela DuRoss Development Manager, Amy Murphy Managing Director and Kerry Lynch Fox Chase Bank's Chief Payments Officer.

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Romeo and Juliet
Cast
Krista Apple (Lady Montague/Balthasar)
Shawn Fagan (Mercutio/Friar John)
Melanye Finister (Lady Capulet)
Scott Greer (Lord Capulet)
James William Ijames (Benvolio)
Evan Jonigkeit (Romeo)
Mahira Kakkar (Juliet)
Sean Lally (Tybalt/Apothecary)
Anthony Lawton (Friar Laurence)
Matt Lorenz (Paris)
Suzanne O'Donnell (Nurse)
Brian Anthony Wilson (Prince)
Frank X (Lord Montague/Peter)

Set Designer
Brian Sidney Bembridge
Costume Designer
Rosemarie E. McKelvey
Lighting Designer
Thom Weaver
Sound Designer
James Sugg
Fight Director
Dale Anthony Girard
Choreographer
Karen Getz
Asst Fight Director
J. Alex Cordaro
Assistant Director
Dan Hodge
Stage Manager
Katharine M. Hanley


APPLAUSE, PLEASE,
FOR OUR SPONSOR:
Fox Chase Bank


AND OUR MEDIA PARTNERS:
Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News & Philly.com
B101-FM WHYY
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