Austin Lysy and Emmy Rossum Are Romeo and Juliet at Williamstown, Aug. 2-13
02 Aug 2006
Austin Levy and Emmy Rossum
Photo by Allison Leger
Emmy Rossum and Austin Lysy play the doomed teenage lovers in Shakespeare's timeless tragedy Romeo and Juliet, due to inhabit the Main Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival from Aug. 2 to Aug. 13.
Large-scale productions of the show are rarely seen in the U.S., due to the perceived difficulty in finding young actors with classical chops to play the title roles.
Rossum is best known to theatre audiences through her film role of Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera." Other movies include "Poseiden" and "Mystic River." Lysy, a Williamstown veteran, was recently seen Off-Broadway in Second Stage's The Water's Edge.
They will be joined by Remy Auberjonois as Tybalt, Bill Camp as Friar Laurence, Enid Graham as Lady Capulet, Kristine Nielsen as the Nurse, Nyambi Nyambi as Sampson, Paul O'Brien as Montague, Daniel Oreskes as Capulet, Joe Plummer as Paris, Sandra Shipley as Lady Montague, Ian Unterman as Gregory and Benjamin Walker as Mercutio.
Choreography is by Tracy Bersley. Fight choreography is by Rick Sordelet. The composer is Michael Friedman. Set design is by Takeshi Kata. Costume design is by Jenny Mannis. Lighting design is by Matthew Richards. Sound design is by David Thomas.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.