The classic Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet will get an American style retouch in the McCallie and GPS fall play. Romeo and Juliet: Verona, America 2019 runs from Nov. 7-10 in the Walker Black Box Theater on McCallie’s campus. The play will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7 and 8, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. Admission is $5, with McCallie and GPS students admitted free.
Stevie Ray Dallimore, McCallie’s Director of Theater, the play, titled Romeo and Juliet: Verona, America 2019, gives this description of the play: “This version of Romeo and Juliet is the classic story of two star-crossed lovers set in a fictitious, small American city - Verona. The lens through which we are watching is America in the twenty-first century and all the downward pressures our society places on our youth that leads them to make desperate choices - in love and death. Although he had no idea how profound this story would be to us in 2019, Shakespeare wrote so clearly about who we are today: a divided country; walls being erected to keep people separated; families being torn apart; nonsensical, hot-headed violence; sexism; mental illness; environmental destruction; crises of faith; depression; dysfunctional homes; the ills (and joys) of social media; drugs... the list goes on.
"Romeo and Juliet's demise reminds us that we grown-ups need to take a hard look at ourselves and our actions. Maybe we'll see that love and understanding of each other are more necessary than personal or corporate gain, building walls, or causing violent destruction.”
Cast and crew members are:
Set/Lights - Sue Christensen
Projection Design - Philip Luckey
Assistant Director/ Dramaturgy/Sound/Props/Costumes - Holly Morse-Ellington
Assistant Director/ Dramaturgy/Sound/Props/Costumes - Jason Tinney
Projection Operator - William Hanley
Concept/Director - Stevie Ray Dallimore