Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. Romeo & Juliet runs through July 28, 2013.
“My mind misgives/Some consequence yet hanging in the stars,” says Romeo early in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This, Shakespeare’s first great tragedy, has long been seen as a tale of young love blighted by fate. Yet, as director Shana Cooper notes, the “fateful” blow to this love story is delivered not by fate, but by Romeo himself when he chooses to kill Tybalt, protecting his honor above the fragile blossom of his new love. Intriguing, provoking, heartbreaking, Romeo and Juliet compels us to question our most dearly-held beliefs about love—when to indulge it, how to express it, how to protect it, and whether it’s possible to let it go before it expires of its own accord.
Are you going to see our production of Romeo & Juliet? Do you have questions or comments about the production’s cast, themes, creative choices, or anything else? Please leave them in the comments, and I’ll be sure to respond.