Romeo + Juliet
By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Leo Lion and Zoe Senese-Grossberg
Directed by Leo Lion
Romeo + Juliet is an exploration of age and generational dynamics, the teenage struggle for independence and affirmation, and the difficulty of communication across generations.
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is the most famous love story of all time – but who is it really about? Firebird’s answer is: “It’s about teenagers.” Grounding their production in the evocative themes of youth and growth, FYT is pulling age to the foreground with a mixed-age cast of adults and teens. This intergenerational, present-day take on the Elizabethan classic is tailored to resonate with modern teenagers and make the trials of the play’s young heroes hit close to home for the new generation.
Director Leo Lion says, “Romeo and Juliet is usually performed either with adults or with youth actors, never with both. Putting the true number of years between these children and their parents gives the story new life. We’re a teen-run company committed to creating adult-grade work – who is better suited to tell this story?”
Performs June 16th-18th, 2017, at the Hudson Guild Theatre.
Dates & Times:
Evenings: June 16th – 18th, at 7:00pm
Matinees: June 17th – 18th, at 1:00pm
Hudson Guild Theatre in NYC – 441 West 26 St. (Between 9th and 10th Avenues).
Approximate run time: 105 minutes • 15-minute intermission
Age Advisory: Kids 10+ to Adult
Cost: $20 General Admission