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Romeo and Juliet or The Old \"You-Know-I-Really-Love-You-But-My-Father-Really-Hates-You\" Blues
Romeo and Juliet or The Old "You-Know-I-Really-Love-You-But-My-Father-Really-Hates-You" Blues
By Nancy Linehan Charles. From William Shakespeare

Cast: 4m., 4w. (plus 21 either gender.) Teenagers. What are ya gonna do. They fall in love at the drop of a hat—always with the very person Mom and Dad can't stand. And in the case of Romeo Montague and Juliette Capulet, their families have hated one another for as long as anyone can remember. Except …no one actually remembers why. Grownups act that way sometimes, huh. This fast-paced adaptation of Shakespeare's play tracks the star-crossed lovers and their cross-purposed families through the tumbling courtship to its tragic conclusion—storytellers firing off comments about premature marriages and the folly of old men at war. A perfect landscape for boisterous swordfights and gender-bending casting. Girls play boys with pointed reminders to the audience of all-male casting in Elizabethan times. Payback, say the storytellers. The audience is prodded to stop the tragedy at several points, but alas, too late. The conclusion? Violence is a stupid choice so mend your fences before you hit the parking lot. Bare stage with ladders and props. Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  One-Act
Catalog Code:  R74
Cast Size:  29
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  61
Royalty:  $50.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  45 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Literary Classic | Shakespeare
ISBN (10): 1583422366
Publication Date: 10/13/2004
Nancy Linehan Charles has performed onstage, in film and on television for more than three decades. She is the artistic director of a flash mob Shakespeare troupe in Los Angeles called Salty Shakespeare, which received the Annenberg Grant and summer residency in 2012. With this grant, Charles directed the troupe in Hamlet at the Marion Davies Guest House in Santa ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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