The result of a series of phone calls to people who were asked to tell, in their own words, the story of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. When no one seems to exactly remember the plot, versions of the story begin to compound in an array of competing scenarios as the participants try to invent themselves out of their own narrative blind alleys. As memory fails, a necessary creativity steps in to fill the void and we are left with a highly personal and original series of Romeos, pervaded with feeling and rife with thoughts about love, need and the complex nature of self-sacrifice.
A production of International Summerfestival/Kampnagel Hamburg, Salzburger Festspiele in co-production with Kaaitheater Brussels, Workspace Brussels, Buda Kunstcentrum, Noorderzon Festival, Grand Theatre Groningen, and the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University. Romeo and Juliet is presented with support from the National Performance Network. (www.npn.org)