Theatre - The R&J Project: Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet


The R&J Project
 was a university-wide, multidisciplinary exploration of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that culminated in Theatre Fairfield's new production of the play in Spring 2010. Two distinguished guest artists from Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Barbra Berlovitz and Sonya Berlovitz, came to direct and design a contemporary-styled production that retained Shakespeare's language, but resonated with present-day global issues.

Examples of recent, like-minded productions of Romeo and Juliet throughout the world include:

  • An Australian version with an indigenous Juliet and an Anglo Romeo
  • Several productions in Jerusalem dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • A Polish version that pitted local skinheads (the Montague family) against punks (the Capulet family)

cas_randj_tvThe process of mounting Fairfield's unique production was documented in 6 web video segments, which you can view by clicking on R&J TV graphic to the right. View two preview clips of Theatre Fairfield's show: Video 1 and Video 2.

Departments throughout campus supplemented The R&J Project with integrated events, projects, and programming, making it a campus-wide celebration. This included musical performances, exhibitions, lectures and discussions, and other special events. For more information about R&J, follow the links below.

The R&J Project was made possible through a generous grant from the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors at Fairfield University.

Project Timeline

  • November 9-11, 2009 - Fall preparatory visit with guest artists including a lecture, workshop, and classroom visits.
  • Spring Semester 2010 - Campus-wide activities and events related toRomeo and Juliet.
  • Auditions for Romeo and Juliet: January 25 at 7 p.m., PepsiCo theatre; callbacks on January 26
  • February 16-April 19, 2010 - Rehearsal period.
  • April 20-28, 2010 - Performances in the Lawrence A. Wien Experimental (Black Box) Theatre at the Quick Center.

Contact Information

  • Kerry Davies '11, project intern
  • Professor Martha S. LoMonaco, Professor of Theatre, project head

Related Information

About the R&J Project | R&J Guest Artists

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