Camargo ("The Hurt Locker," "Twilight," All My Sons) will play Mercutio, with Guarini (Women on the Verge, "American Idol") as Paris and Ruff ( The Piano Lesson, "The Help") as Lady Capulet. Also announced are Conrad Kemp ("The Girl") as Benvolio, Corey Hawkins as Tybalt and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus.
According to producers, "In this new production, the members of the Montague household will be white, and the blood relatives of the Capulet family will be black. While race defines the family lineages, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel’, passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time. Shakespeare’s dramatization of the original poem sets the two young lovers in a context of prejudice, authoritarian parents, and a never ending cycle of ‘revenge.’ Against this background, the strength of their love changes the world."
Producers have also announced that 100 tickets per performance will be set aside at $20 for purchase by students and educators.
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