2018 Marrow Festival: Bare Bones Shakespeare at The Core Theatre
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley
Our very first Marrow Festival will feature two 90 minute shows that will be rehearsed simultaneously and performed in alternating slots over a three-weekend run. Both shows will be done in our signature Company-Directed style. This year, our theme is “These Violent Delights,” featuring Middleton’s The Changelingin repertory with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Comedy or Tragedy? William Shakespeare defies genre with this famous tale of two teenagers who fight against their families, their friends, and themselves in order to be together. When the play opens, the two teens each have their eye on someone else. Romeo tries and fails to get over the chaste, pious, and completely disinterested Rosaline. Meanwhile, Juliet’s mother informs her that Count Paris, one of Verona’s most eligible bachelors, may soon be Juliet’s husband. The ancient feud between Juliet’s family (the Capulets), and Romeo’s family (the Montagues) started so long ago, no one is even sure why they began fighting. But the young men of both houses don’t need much of a reason to start brawls in Verona’s streets.
The Changeling By Thomas Middleton and William Rowley
Beatrice-Joanna is your typical classical heroine. She is beautiful, ahead of her time, and in love with the handsome but naive Alsemero, but her father is forcing her to marry a man that she doesn’t love. Sounds familiar right? She then makes a bargain with the villainous servant Deflores to have her fiance killed, not knowing that Deflores is secretly in love with her. Still sound familiar? One step into the spider’s web traps the lady Beatrice in a dark world of sex, lies, and violence in this classical thriller of carnal pleasures, and violent betrayal.