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When power, race and jealousy collide, rivalries can become vicious ...


Charlie Vaughn, a White, highly acclaimed theatre director, trying to escape some nasty rumors about his last production, comes to a small conventional college campus to stage a production of Romeo & Juliet. When he announces his startling directorial concept for the show it challenges the sensibilities of the campus community and upsets the expectations of Annie Rice, an ambitious, young Black acting student who feels the role of Juliet is hers. Turning to his new colleague Dr. Hughes – a thirty-year veteran of the theatre department – for advice, Charlie quickly discovers that Annie might not be the only one willing to resort to Shakespearean measures to get what they want.

by Robert Caisley
Directed by Craig A. Miller
Performance Schedule:
Thursday, May 13 at 7pm PT / 10pm ET
Friday, May 14 at 7pm PT / 10pm ET
Saturday, May 15 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET
Sunday, May 16 at 2pm PT / 5pm ET
Run Time: Approx 120 minutes
Free, Live, and on the Web - Attendance is free, but limited to 100 connections per performance
All attendees must be over the age of 13.  

About the Show

Charlie Vaughn, an idealistic young director comes to a small conservative college campus to stage a production of Romeo & Juliet. When he announces his casting concept, he challenges the “old school” sensibilities of the campus community and invites the wrath of Annie Rice, an ambitious young actress who feels her time is due. Turning to his new colleague David Hughes – a thirty-year veteran of the drama department – for advice on how to handle the student’s challenge to his authority, Vaughn discovers that she’s not the only one out to bring about an end to his career. Intended as both homage and gentle parody of David Mamet’s Three Uses of the Knife model for a play, & Juliet is inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca’s The Public, and is a play about the pettiness and professional jealousy that festers within small communities (like academic departments) where rivalries can become so vicious, because the stakes are so low.

Author’s Note:

Lorca never saw The Public performed in his lifetime. The play was written during the same period of creative output responsible for his greatest and most recognizable titles—Blood Wedding and The House of Bernarda Alba—but belongs to a entirely different style of writing. Lorca was at work on a series of experimental plays that he considered “impossible,” both for their controversial subject matter, and their extraordinarily demanding staging. He was preoccupied with the theme of feeling like an outcast in society; and although in form and style my play couldn’t be more different that Lorca’s surrealistic original, it is that same preoccupation with being an outsider that informed the writing of both Annie and Charlie in my play.


by Robert Caisley

Directed by Craig A. Miller

Scenic Designer - Brindle Brundage

Sound Design by Craig A. Miller

Dramaturg & Cultural Sensitivity Advisor - Toni Henderson-Mayers

Technical Director - Patrick Nims

Production Stage Manager - Cesar Reyes

Stage Manager - Trevor Sakai-Jolivette

Dialect Coach - Molly Wetzel


John Browning  - Charile Vaughn john headshot 400x600  John Browning is a graduate with a BA in Theater from SSU and a Sonoma County resident actor in Northern California. His acting credits include: Bug, Richard III and Julius Caesar at NWSC, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Hedda Gabler at Main Stage West, Ripcord, Time Stands Still and Driving Miss Daisy at Cinnabar and Becky Shaw, Spamalot! and August: Osage County at 6th Street (directed by Craig Miller) which he won a SFBATCC award. 
KT Turner - Annie Rice  KT Turner Headshot 400x600  KT TURNER is a third-year Master of Fine Arts Director and Pedagogy candidate at the University of Idaho. Since leaving her past life as a biologist, KT’s recent credits include: Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Director, Spring 2021), The Revolutionists (Marianne Angelle, Fall 2020), and the world premiere of Deep Calls by Kendra Phillips (Director, Spring 2020).
Ty Donaldson - Dr. David Hughes ty headshot 400x600  Ty Donaldson is excited to be back on the stage…. or at least acting in any capacity again. He was seen numerous times on Fox’s “MADtv” as a recurring actor in numerous sketches. On stage, he was the Fool in “King Lear,” Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Mike in “A Chorus Line,” Jacques Roux in “Marat/Sade,” and Eugene in “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Through his company, Buddha-Cowboy Productions, he has produced the feature film “Rift,” which he co-wrote and Line Produced, and is in pre-production with his next project, Division.” Mr. Donaldson lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is represented by Aligned Stars.