From Romeo and Juliet to Of Mice and Men, A Look at the 2013-14 Season: The Play Revivals

By Playbill Staff
18 Apr 2014

 Show: Romeo and Juliet
Theatre: Richard Rodgers Theatre
Preview: Aug. 24, 2013
Opening: Sept. 19, 2013
Closing: Dec. 8, 2013
Creators: Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by David Leveaux.
Original Principal Cast: Orlando Bloom as Romeo, Condola Rashad as Juliet, Brent Carver as Friar Laurence, Jayne Houdyshell as Nurse, Chuck Cooper as Lord Capulet, Christian Camargo as Mercutio, Justin Guarini as Paris, Roslyn Ruff as Lady Capulet, Conrad Kemp as Benvolio, Corey Hawkins as Tybalt and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus.
Synopsis: 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."

Check out photos from a two-show day with cast member Sheria Irving.

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