Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet: A blend of new-age Punk and Traditional Shakespeare Amber Johnson 10.14.2007 Section: 001 PID: 712412193 Honor Code: _____________________
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Retelling stories that are familiar and ageless is an art form as timeless as the tales being told. One of the classics, considered modern in some standards, is Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Playmaker’s Repertory Company presented an interpretation directed by Davis McCallum at the Center for Dramatic Art, and on a breezy Sunday afternoon, October 14 th , I attended the production. This interpretation found a unique and ideal way to bring Shakespeare to the twenty-first century: by giving a modern spin to an old concept. It incorporated enough elements from Shakespearean times to be accurate and enough contemporary elements to relevant to the audience and the times. This version of the play, as well as countless others, depicts star crossed lovers and their inevitable path to death. The setting is a place called monarchy city called Verona that is frequently disturbed by a family feud between the Montague’s and the Capulet’s. The main male character, Romeo Montague, played by Matt Dickson, begins the play broken hearted by an unseen girl, Rosaline. Although he was clearly distraught in his skin tight straight legs and rocker sweatshirt he soon forgets of Rosaline and falls madly in love with Juliet Capulet, played by Janie Brookshire, not aware that she is the daughter of his enemy. They confess their love for each other, despite their familial ties, and marry in secrecy. When another family brawl breaks out and Romeo’s friend Mercutio, played by actor Justin Adams, is killed by a Capulet, Tybalt, played by David
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McClutchey, Romeo loses his head and kills Tybalt to avenge his friend’s death. Soon Romeo is declared an outcast and Juliet must mourn the death of a family member and the exile of her husband. Through a colossal misunderstanding the lovers both end up dead. Romeo is told that Juliet has died, goes to be with her, kills her other suitor on the
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