We are excited to announce that we will once again provide live theatre and educational workshops to the schools and rural communities throughout Nebraska in the Fall of 2021. To celebrate a return to normalcy, we are currently adapting a shortened version of Romeo and Juliet that combines Shakespeare’s words with a modern interpretation featuring a hip-hop style of delivery and a multi-ethnic cast of actor/educators.
A word from our Director, Tyrone Beasley
The power of hatred, the power of love.
The power of hate. It seems that the social and political divisions in our country are growing stronger by the day. Black vs White, liberal vs conservative, Republican vs Democrat. The “us vs them” is extremely strong in our society.
The origins of the hate between the Montagues and Capulets is never revealed in the play, but it cuts deep and violent and drastically affects the society and community in which they live.
The power of love. The two families squash their hate and vow to love each other when they realize the folly of their hatred for one another when they are faced with the death of their children whose love for one another was so great that they would rather die than live life without each other.
With this version of Romeo and Juliet, set to hip-hop rhythms, I want to make it a reflection of the social and political divisions within our society today. A small step in a big journey of starting the conversations about how we can disagree without being disagreeable. How can we come to realize that we are more alike than we are different?
Available to teachers, a touring Performance Study Guide is filled with activities and suggested readings to help build preliminary and future strategies for the classroom.
Performance Dates: September 27 - November15, 2021
Maximum negotiable fees: Fees range from $750 to $2,000 (workshops and public performance). Reduced rates available.
Availability: Contact Lara Marsh with Nebraska Shakespeare for additional information on availability, grants and financial assistance.