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)