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The NOLA Project and NOMA team up again for ‘Romeo and Juliet’

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Who doesn’t know the story of Romeo and Juliet? Boy meets girl and falls in love. Families hate each other, so too bad for them. Some people get killed because of big egos and things get ugly. Juliet fakes her death. Romeo kills himself thinking Juliet is dead. Juliet kills herself because Romeo is dead. The two families kiss and make up. The end…or something like that…
However your recollection of the story goes, Romeo and Juliet is undoubtedly one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays. And lucky for us, after a wildly successful run last year, The NOLA Project, in partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), presents Romeo and Juliet in the fabulous Great Hall of NOMA this winter.
“Working in NOMA is a really exciting place because it is a museum of visual art as well as stunning architecture and design,” said A.J. Allegra, Artistic Director of The NOLA Project. “When we saw the beautiful Great Hall, with its columns and wrap around balcony, the idea struck to do Romeo and Juliet. I thought wouldn’t it be great to have a show performed in this space all around the balcony.”
And what a space it is! As members of the audience last year, seeing Romeo and Juliet with such a talented group of actresses and actors in a beautiful setting was amazing.
But this is not your typical Shakespeare production. In The NOLA Project’s production, not only are the actors and actresses moving around, but the audience does a little movement, too. “With Romeo and Juliet, we have the audience come inside and get their seats, and then we bring them outside the museum in front of those really big, expansive, beautiful steps. The whole entire first scene, a sword fight confrontation between the Capulets and the Montagues, is all performed right there on the steps in front of and amongst the audience.”
A.J. continued, “Everyone is familiar with Romeo and Juliet from their high school days, but we want to excite the audience and not make it seem like this is the Shakespeare from high school that was an assignment. Our production of Romeo and Juliet is fresh, invigorating, exciting, and passionate. Our performance style is very aggressive, fast-paced, and hip. Performing in and outside of the museum creates a fresh perspective for the piece and gives the audience an elegant and cool evening at the same time.”
The production will also feature music by a string quartet headed by Amanda Wuerstlin of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO). “They will play music all throughout the show. They provide underscoring and interlude music and it’s really pretty. It sounds amazing in the Great Hall because of the resonance in there.” 

Romeo and Juliet sold out last year and is sure to do so this year, so be sure to buy your tickets early! A.J. concluded, “Just bring yourself and a sense of excitement!”

WHAT: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
WHEN: Wednesday - Thursday, Nov. 28-29; Sunday, Dec. 2; Wednesday – Thursday, Dec. 5-6; Sunday, Dec. 9; Wednesday – Thursday, Dec. 12-13 (All shows start at 7:30pm)
WHERE: The Great Hall inside the New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle)

Last modified on Tuesday, 27 November 2012
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