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Bruns Amphitheater
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"Romeo and Juliet"
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4.0 average rating
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12 reviews
1 stars
attended Jun 03 2009

We loved it, absolutely loved it.
The whole experience is overwhelming.
They, even, provide all Gold Star buyers with chairs.

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23 stars
attended Jun 09 2009

Thoroughly enjoyed the show, despite chilly and misting (briefly) weather. Bundle up in winter clothes and bring blankets and you'll be fine. Great acting, able to hear the lines and follow the story easily from back of section E. No problem...continued

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16 reviews
20 stars
attended Jun 04 2009

It was a cold night and the play was too long (almost 3 hours). Some of the actors were excellent while Romeo and Juliet were so-so. Juliet's outfit in the 2nd half (short shorts) was not flattering and distracting. The nurse was awful! The friend...continued

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Moscone is finding inspiration for the production in the extreme tension between desperate, blind, adolescent passion and the repressive culture of violence that surrounds it-and that the play’s youth are fated to grow into. Alex Morf, a recent graduate of A.C.T.’s MFA program who appeared in last season’s Pericles and Twelfth Night, and Sarah Nealis, last seen in Cal Shakes’ Pericles and An Ideal Husband, play the titular lovers. Cal Shakes Associate Artist Catherine Castellanos will portray Juliet’s nurse and Lady Montague, with fellow Associates James Carpenter and Julie Eccles as the Capulets, L. Peter Callender as Montague and the Apothecary, and Dan Hiatt as Friar Laurence. Liam Vincent, last seen at Cal Shakes in 2008’s Twelfth Night, will play Paris, Jud Williford (A.C.T.’s War Music, Rock n’ Roll) portrays Mercutio, and Craig Marker (most recently seen in Shotgun Players’ Macbeth and The Story at SF Playhouse) will take on the role of Tybalt. Julian Lopez-Morillas—whose history with Cal Shakes stretches back to 1977—will return to the Bruns stage as the Prince. Others in the cast include Thomas Azar (Benvolio), Nick Childress (Gregory), Avery Monsen (Sampson/Balthasar), and Patrick Lane (Abram); rounding out the ensemble are Matt Hooker, Omoze Idehenre, and Marilet Martinez.

To complement Moscone’s vision, Neil Patel—set designer for Cal Shakes’ groundbreaking production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, whose recent credits include the Broadway productions of [title of show], and Sideman, and the HBO series In Treatment, returns to create an Italianesque urban landscape. The world of the play, says Moscone, “was initially inspired by a kind of fascist architecture in Italy. Imposing, monolithic, and anything but cheery.” But, against these gray walls is a burst of graffitiinspired color to underscore the young lovers’ intense, electric energy.”

Raquel M. Baretto, who designed the 2008 BATCC Award-winning fashions of Cal Shakes’ Uncle Vanya, as well as Pericles and The Triumph of Love, will create the show’s contemporary Italian style. Sound design for Romeo and Juliet will be created by Andre Pluess, an Artistic Associate at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre who designed the soundscape for Cal Shakes’ 2008 production of Twelfth Night, as well as Berkeley Rep’s recent production of Arabian Nights. Russell H. Champa (Pericles, The Triumph of Love, Man and Superman) is the production’s lighting designer, Cal Shakes Associate Artist Nancy Carlin is the text coach, Associate Artist MaryBeth Cavanaugh is choreographer, and Resident Fight Director Dave Maier serves as fight choreographer.