ROMEO & JULIET, 2016
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ava Roy
Produced by Lauren Chavez & Ava Roy
Original Score by Charlie Gurke
For the first time in our 16 year history, We Players is setting out to create a production that is built for not one but two unique locations both historic California sites. We are stretching our site-integrated practice by creating work that is inspired by two landscapes and will be carefully integrated into each.
Petaluma Adobe is both a California State Park, a California Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Made from adobe brick and Redwood, the Adobe functioned both as a headquarters of a working ranch and as a defensive structure against attack by the Russians then living on the California coast. For more on this important California historic site, please visit our project page and/or the state park website.
We Players received a very special invitation from the Montalvo Arts Center to conduct a month-long residency this April 2016 with our Romeo & Juliet cast and crew. We will return to the Montalvo campus in October to adapt our full scale production of Romeo & Juliet for the mansion and grounds of the illustrious Villa Montalvo.
Montalvo Arts Center is also known as Villa Montalvo, a historic landmark built in 1912 by James Duval Phelan (1861-1930). Phelan, a passionate Californian who had been a three-term progressive mayor of San Francisco, went on to become California's first popularly-elected U.S. Senator. Villa Montalvo was Senator Phelan's favorite home and a center of artistic, political and social life in Northern California. At his death, Senator Phelan was explicit in his bequest of Villa Montalvo: "I would like the property at Saratoga, California, known as Villa Montalvo, to be maintained as a public park open under reasonable restrictions, the buildings and grounds immediately surrounding the same to be used as far as possible for the development of art, literature, music, and architecture by promising students."
Jennie Brick as The Nurse
Maria Leigh as Juliet
Amy Nowak as Peter
Libby Oberlin as Capulet
Andrew Quick as Benvolio
Rush Rehm as Friar Laurence
Mohammed Shehata as Romeo
Steve Thomas as Tybalt and the County Paris
Courtney Walsh as Mercutio and Prince Escalus
Performances at Petaluma Adobe
Dates: Friday Sunday, August 12 September 25
Times: Performances are timed with the sunset. Start times vary- specific performance start times are listed in the ticketing panel.
Performances at Villa Montalvo
Dates: October 6-16
Times: Start times vary and will be announced soon.
Reservations open in June
Additional promotional images and a photo credit file may be found here on Google Drive.