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

 

 Thursday, April 29
7pm PT / 10pm ET
Friday, April 30
7pm PT / 10pm ET
Saturday, May 1
5pm PT / 8pm ET
Sunday, May 2
2pm PT / 5pm ET
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When Charlie Vaughn - a White Broadway director trying to escape rumors about his last production - comes to a small conservative college campus to stage a production of Romeo & Juliet, he announces he will cast a fourteen year-old boy in the role of Juliet. This challenges the “old school” sensibilities of the campus community and upsets the expectations of Annie Rice, an ambitious, young Black actress who feels she deserves the role. Turning to his new colleague Dr. Hughes – a thirty-year veteran of the drama department – for advice, Vaughn discovers that Annie might not be the only one out to bring an end to his career.
 
& JULIET
by Robert Caisley
Directed by Craig A. Miller
 
Performance Schedule:
Thursday, April 29 at 7pm PT / 10pm ET
Friday, April 30 at 7pm PT / 10pm ET
Saturday, May 1 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET
Sunday, May 2 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 decision to cast a fourteen year-old boy in the role of Juliet, as was the Elizabethan custom, he challenges the “old school” sensibilities of the campus community and invites the wrath of Annie Rice, an ambitious, but unstable young black 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.

& JULIET

by Robert Caisley

Directed by Craig A. Miller

Scenic Designer - Brindle Brundage

Sound Design by Craig A. Miller

      Technical Director - Patrick Nims

Stage Manager - Trevor Sakai-Jolivette

 Cast

Ty Donaldson - Dr. David Hughes

John Browning  - Charile Vaughn

Malia Rose  - Annie Rice