Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez

February 14 - May 8, 2016

Production Sponsors: James & Trevessa Terrile

“This electric production makes for a worthy encounter with this forever-young classic.” — Los Angeles Times

“Kinetic.” — Los Angeles Times

“Funny, frightening, daring.” – Pasadena Independent

“Gut-wrenchingly real … crackles with passion.” – StageScene LA

“One of A Noise Within’s best.” – StageScene LA

Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes including an intermission.

The world’s most famous love story…the perfect introduction to the world’s greatest playwright for people of all ages!

When Romeo and Juliet fall in love, feuding families forbid the marriage—so they wed in secret. Just before their wedding night, Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin in a duel, and in the morning he must flee; should he ever return, his death is assured.

Juliet is told by her parents she must marry Paris, who do not know she is already married. She refuses at first, then agrees: her plan is to fake her death, then escape to be with Romeo.

She takes a sleeping potion feigns death; her parents lay her in a tomb. Romeo, unaware of the truth, visits her grave, believes her “dead,” and kills himself. When Juliet wakes up to find Romeo dead, she kills herself in turn.

Several performances of this highly anticipated production have already sold out. Please order tickets for this exclusive presentation early.

CAST

Will Bradley

Romeo

Will Bradley

Romeo

Will Bradley (Romeo, Romeo and JulietWith ANW: Cherubin/Doublemain, Figaro Other Theatres: Stupid F**king Bird (The Theatre @ Boston Court), Miravel (Sacred Fools), The Twentieth Century Way (The Theatre @ Boston Court), Camelot (Pasadena Playhouse), Candida (Two River Theater), Man and Superman (The Irish Repertory Theatre), Lord of the Flies (Barrington Stage) among others Film/TV: Jonny Raymond in Pretty Little Liars, Killing Lincoln for National Geographic, The Normal Heart on HBO and most recently One Bad Choice on MTV among others. Thank you to Michael Michetti, Damaso, Hannah, Donnla, Zarah (Aurens!), Tessa, Olivier, Julian, Malia and everyone on the team, All the Marks and Davids, Natalie, Bryan, Heatherlynn, Rick, and to my endlessly supportive and loving family: he has learned generosity and kindness from all of you. Find him on Facebook and follow him on Instagram and Twitter @thewillbradley

Donnla Hughes

Juliet

Donnla Hughes

Juliet

Donnla Hughes (Juliet, Romeo and Juliet) With ANW: Debut Other Theatres: Outside Mullingar (Geffen Playhouse Theatre), The Silver Tassie (National Theatre, UK), The Little Mermaid (Bristol Old Vic Theatre, UK), The Well of the Saints (Druid Theatre Company, Ireland), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe, London), Toxic Bankers (Leicester Square Theatre, West End), The Mad Women of England (Soho Theatre, West End), Three Loose Teeth – Shakespeare in Shoreditch (RIFT, London), The Under Room (Cock Tavern, London) Pure O (Kings Head Theatre, London) and Teeth (Theatre 503, London) Film/TV: Get Down, Stay Down (Room Enough Productions), Art Is (New Troy Productions) Education/Training: BA in professional acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Donnla was a winner of the Carlton Hobbs Award in the UK and has recorded over thirty plays with BBC radio drama.

Robertson Dean

Friar Laurence

Robertson Dean

Friar Laurence

Robertson Dean (Friar Laurence, Romeo and Juliet/The Director, Six Characters in Search of an Author) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Translator/Director: Antigone. Actor: Brutus in Julius Caesar, The Critic in The Guardsman, Oedipus in Oedipus the King, Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra, Orsino in Twelfth Night, The Duke in Measure for Measure, Walter Franz in The Price, Count in The Rehearsal, King Henry IV in Henry IV, Part1, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Macbeth in Macbeth, Jaques in As You Like It, Prospero in The Tempest, Arnolphe in The School For Wives, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, among others. Other Theatres: He has appeared in a few Broadway shows, several off-Broadway shows, and played over 70 leading roles at regional theaters all over the country. Film/TV: Rob’s been in 5 major films, and in 19 different TV shows – gigs lasting from a single day to seven years. He has recorded over 400 audiobooks, and won a lot of awards for doing so. Education/Training: BA, Tufts University; MFA, Yale School of Drama

Rafael Goldstein

Mercutio/Apothecary

Rafael Goldstein

Mercutio/Apothecary

Rafael Goldstein (Mercutio/Apothecary, Romeo and Juliet; The Son, Six Characters in Search of an AuthorANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Guard in Antigone, Chris Keller in All My Sons, Camille in A Flea in Her Ear, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Sebastian in The Tempest, Valère in Tartuffe, Fred/ Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Redpenny/Mr. Danby in The Doctor’s Dilemma, Eros in Antony and Cleopatra, Oberon’s Faerie in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Hollywood Bowl, Ensemble in Coriolanus, Ensemble in Macbeth Other Theatres: Hamlet in Hamlet (LA Drama Critics Circle Award Nominee/LA Weekly Theatre Award Winner— Lead Male Performance) and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, Twinkles in Clown Bar at the Pasadena Playhouse/RedWhite&Bluezz, Roy Baty in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? at Sacred Fools Theater Company, Chorus#3 in The Curse of Oedipus at the Antaeus Company, Abram in Our Class at the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre Juror 5 in Twelve Angry Men, Berenger in Rhinoceros with The Mechanicals Theater, Miser Stevens in The Devil You Know at La MaMa E.T.C., Frankenstein’s Monster in Monster by Neal Bell, Caligula in Camus’ Caligula, etc Film/TV: The Absence (Winner of Best Independent Film at Comic-Con 2012) Education/Training: BFA, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Atlantic Theater Company—NYC

June Carryl

The Nurse/Prince Escalus

June Carryl

The Nurse/Prince Escalus

June Carryl (The Nurse/Prince Escalus, Romeo and Juliet/Actress, Six Characters in Search of an AuthorWith ANW: Sue Bayliss in All My Sons, Cinna/Plebian in Julius Caesar Other Theatres: Gerty in Failure: A Love Story at Coeurage Theatre Company, Adjua in The Liquid Plain at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Adele in The Insidious Impact of Anton at Absolute Theatre, Hecuba in The Trojan Women at City Garage Theatre, Elo in Slide/Glide the Slippery Slope at the Mark Taper’s Taper, Too, James Baldwin in Civil Sex and Lennox in Macbeth at Berkeley Repertory Theater, Venus in Venus at Thick Description, and Izzy Mae in Insurrection: Holding History at American Conservatory Theater Film/TV: Stitchers, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Mad Dogs, American Crime Story, The Millers, Parenthood, Touch (Short), Law & Disorder (Short), Sweet November, Haiku TunnelEducation: BA/MA, Brown University

Alan Blumenfeld

Capulet

Alan Blumenfeld

Capulet

Alan Blumenfeld (Capulet, Romeo and Juliet) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Étienne/Olympia in A Flea in Her Ear, Dr. Bartholo in Figaro, Ghost of Christmas Present/Ensemble in A Christmas Carol, Scrub in Beaux’ Stratagem, Matamore in The Illusion, Gremio in Taming of the Shrew, Uncle Morty in Awake and Sing, McCleavy in Loot, Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Pere Ubu in Ubu Roi, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hollywood Bowl and Glendale, Chrysalde in School for Wives, Dogberry in Much Ado, Etienne in A Flea in Her Ear Other Theatres: Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor (LA Drama Critics Circle Award), Cecil/Nate Equivocation (Nominated Robby Award for Best Supporting Actor, 2014), Matt Friedman in Talley’s Folly (along with his wife Katherine James), many others at Theatricum Botanicum; Felix/Beaupertuis in An Italian Straw Hat, David in A Feminine Ending, Eddie Brock in Born Yesterday at South Coast Repertory. Jean in Rhinoceros (Dramalogue and Garland Award) at The Odyssey Theatre. Broadway/First National Tour: Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor Film/TV: more than 300 guest star roles including: Shameless, Murder in the First, Parenthood, Heroes (recurring as the Nightmare Man), Mad Men, In Her Shoes, Tin Men, among others

Jill Hill

Lady Capulet

Jill Hill

Lady Capulet

Jill Hill (Lady Capulet, Romeo and Juliet) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Lucienne Homénidès De Histangua in A Flea in Her Ear, Portia/Plebian in Julius Caesar, Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest, Mrs. Coffman in Come Back, Little Sheba, Lychorida/Ensemble in Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Nell in Endgame, Granma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Charmian in Antony and Cleopatra, Valentine in Twelfth Night, Mrs. Winewiller in The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Marianna/Mistress Overdone in Measure for Measure, Mrs. Joe/Biddy in Great Expectations, Widow Quin in The Playboy of the Western World, Belinda Blair in Noises Off, Hortensia in The Rehearsal, Nancy/Ensemble in Oliver Twist among others Other Theatres: American Conservatory Theatre, Nassau Repertory, Kenyon Festival Theatre, The Westbank (NYC), and The Matrix Theatre (LA) Film/TV: Various television guest star roles. Audio Books: Gapcreek and The Truest Pleasure by Robert Morgan, produced by John Runnette Education/Training: English Speaking Theatre, Copenhagen; BFA, Denison University; the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, tutorials with Michael MacGowan; graduate and company member of the American Conservatory Theatre

Christian Barillas

Tybalt/Friar John

Christian Barillas

Tybalt/Friar John

Christian Barillas (Tybalt/Friar John, Romeo and Juliet) With ANW: Debut Other Theatres: Cousin Julio in The Motherfu**er with the Hat (LADCC nomination), Fighting Prawn in Peter & The Starcatcher, Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet and Clarence in Richard III at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Sebastian in Twelfth Night and Bingley in Pride & Prejudice at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alvaro in the World Premiere of Lydia at Denver Center (Henry Award) and subsequently at Yale Repertory Theatre, as well as credits with Center Theatre Group, Pasadena Playhouse, Antaeus, Laguna Playhouse and others. Film/TV: Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, Best Night Ever. On TV, Christian is perhaps most recognizable as Ronaldo on Modern Family, where he recurs opposite Nathan Lane. Also, The Bridge (recurring), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Without a Trace and the pilots for Bunheads and CBS’ Jim Gaffigan Show, in which he was a series regular. Education/Training: MFA, UCLA. BA in Journalism and Media, UNC.
christianbarillas.com

Amir Abdullah

Paris

Amir Abdullah

Paris

Abdullah, Amir (Paris, Romeo and Juliet) With ANW: Debut Other Theatres: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, Skylight Theatre Company, Theatre Banshee, New American Theatre, VS Theatre Company Film/TV: Tosh.0, The Odd Couple, Tabloids, Relationship Goals, The Untimely Concurrence, Boys Booze Brownies, Goliath Education/Training: MFA, Pennsylvania State University/BFA, University of Miami

Lawrence Sonderling

Montague/Ensemble

Lawrence Sonderling

Montague/Ensemble

Lawrence Sonderling (Montague/Ensemble, Romeo and Juliet) With ANW: Tony Kraber in Are You Now or Have You Ever Been (staged reading), Albany in The Dresser (staged reading), Escalus (understudy) in Measure for Measure, Coade (understudy) in Dear Brutus, Northumberland, Bardolf and Sheriff in King Henry IV Part I, Lord of Sicilia in The Winter's Tale Other Theatres: Egeus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, General Siward and Old Man in Macbeth at Theatricum Botanicum, Akimov in The Rehearsal with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Education/Training: AB in Music (violin performance), Occidental College; Advanced Acting Program, The Acting Corps; Professional Acting Intern Programs at A Noise Within and Theatricum Botanicum; 37 years as violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Charlotte Gulezian

Benvolio

Charlotte Gulezian

Benvolio

Charlotte Gulezian (Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet) With ANW: Debut Other Theatres: Charlotte is a actor/writer/director. Some favorite roles include Hit The Wall (Peg) w/ The LALGBT Center and Sixth Avenue, Stupid F*king Bird (Mash) w/ The Theater @ Boston Court and Circle X, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Friar, Poggio) w/ Scene Dock Theater, LA, and both Juliet (Juliet) and Machinal (Stenographer) w/ The Little Theater, San Francisco Film/TV: Voice of the eye-patched back-alley-bot-fight ring-leader in the first scene of Disney's Big Hero 6. Charlotte aspires to play Kenny Powers’ nemesis, “the female pitcher” on the comeback season of Eastbound and Down. Education: BA in "Film and Theatre for Social Change" from San Francisco State University. MFA in Acting from USC
charlottegulezian.com

Kathryn Ventress

Lady Montague/Ensemble

Kathryn Ventress

Lady Montague/Ensemble

Kathryn Ventress (Lady Montague/Ensemble, Romeo and Juliet; Madame Pace, Six Characters in Search of an Author) ANW Acting Intern. With ANW: Debut Other Theatres:They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay!, The Proposal, Buried Child(East Los Angeles College) Education: Currently pursuing Associates at East Los Angeles College in Theatre Arts, One year of Summer with Shakespeare Acting Intensive Workshop, 2 semesters of Acting with Classic Texts, 1 Semester of Grotowski Method Workshop

Marcos J. Ruiz

Balthasar/Ensemble

Marcos J. Ruiz

Balthasar/Ensemble

Marcos J. Ruiz (Balthasar/Ensemble, Romeo and Juliet); Ensemble, You Never Can Tell) ANW Acting Intern. With ANW: Debut Other Theatres: Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lane in The Importance of Being Earnest, Neon Venus (Long Forum Improv), LA Connection Comedy, Monkey Butler, Inner City Shakespeare Education/Training: Second City, Groundlings, Company of Angels (Intern), East Los Angeles College Theater Arts, Glendale Community College Theater Arts
marcosruizactor@yahoo.com

Seven Pierce-English

Abram/Ensemble

Seven Pierce-English

Abram/Ensemble

Seven Pierce-English (Abram/Ensemble, Romeo and Juliet) With ANW: Fleance, Macbeth; Ensemble, A Christmas Carol (2013-15) Education/Training: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Lee Strasberg Institute for Theatre and Film, Summer with Shakespeare at ANW

Chase Green

Gregory/Ensemble

Chase Green

Gregory/Ensemble

Chase Green (Fight Captain—Gregory/Ensemble, Romeo and Juliet)With ANW: Debut Other Theatres: Curley in Of Mice and Men, Bob in Cats and Dogs, Avarice in Seven Deadly Sins, Steve in Blue’s Clues Live!, Renfield in Dracula, Jack in Horn in the West, John Stewart and others in Blue Jacket TV/Web: FOX’s Mobbed, Internet Icon, chasethegreenTV, Couchers, Beer Locker, and loads more Education/Training: MA Theatre, Louisiana Tech University; BA Theatre, Brenau University/Gainesville Theatre Alliance
chasethegreen.com

Troy Whiteley

Sampson/Ensemble

Troy Whiteley

Sampson/Ensemble

Troy Whiteley (Sampson/Ensemble, Romeo and Juliet) With ANW: Spring 2015 Acting Intern; Crook-Fingered Jack (u/s), The Threepenny Opera; Ensemble, Julius Caesar Other Theatres: Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Bassianus/Publius in Titus Andronicus at Ophelia’s Jump Productions. Stephano in The Tempest at Mysterium Theater. Banquo in Macbeth at Performance Riverside. Prospero in The Tempest at UC Riverside. Phaeton/Hades in Metamorphoses and Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night at Rio Hondo College Education/Training: BA in Theatre (Film), University of California - Riverside; AS in Theater Arts, Rio Hondo College

Carina Heller

Page/Ensemble

Carina Heller

Page/Ensemble

Carina Haller (Page/Ensemble, Romeo and Juliet; Ensemble, You Never Can Tell) ANW Acting Intern. With ANW: Debut Other Theatres: Ensemble, Susannah at Pasadena Opera, Rosalind in As You Like It at Shakespeare and Company, Carly in Reasons to be Pretty at Marilyn Monroe Theater, Maria in Ground to Cloud at REDCAT, Estragon in Waiting for Godot Teatro Hebraica (Rio de Janeiro) Education/Training: California Institute of the Arts, Lee Strasberg Institute for Theater and Film, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London

DESIGN TEAM

DIRECTOR | Dámaso Rodríguez

DIRECTOR | Dámaso Rodríguez

Dámaso Rodríguez (Director, Romeo and Juliet) With ANW: The Doctor’s Dilemma, Desire Under the Elms, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Blithe Spirit Other Theatres: Artistic Director of Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland. Past associate artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse and co-artistic director of Los Angeles’ Furious Theatre. Select credits include: Artists Repertory Theatre: Cuba Libre (world premiere musical featuring 3-time Grammy nominated band Tiempo Libre),Tribes, The Liar, Exiles, The Big Meal, Foxfinder, Ten Chimneys. Odyssey Theatre: The Boomerang Effect (world premiere). Pasadena Playhouse: The Heiress, The Little Foxes, Orson’s Shadow. Intiman Theatre: Paradise Lost. Furious Theatre: Grace, Boom, Hunter GatherersThe Pain and the Itch, Back of the Throat, The God Botherers, The Shape of Things, Canned Peaches in Syrup (world premiere), An Impending Rupture of the Belly (world premiere) and No Good Deed (world premiere), among many others. Education: BA in Theatre Arts, Texas A&M University. Mr. Rodríguez is a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the Back Stage Garland Award, the NAACP Theatre Award, and the Pasadena Arts Council’s Gold Crown Award. He was also honored as a finalist for the Zelda Fichandler Award by the SDC Foundation and was named a Knowledge Universe Rising Star by Portland Monthly.

SCENIC DESIGN | Angela Balogh Calin

SCENIC DESIGN | Angela Balogh Calin

Angela Balogh Calin (Scenic Design/Costume Design, Romeo and Juliet; Costume Design, You Never Can Tell) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Set Design: The Dance of Death, Ghosts, The School For Wives, Julius Caesar, The Seagull, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Cyrano de Bergerac (1995), The Country Wife. Costume Design: A Flea in Her Ear, Julius Caesar, Figaro, The Threepenny Opera, The Dance of Death, The Tempest, Tartuffe, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, The Beaux’ Stratagem, A Christmas Carol, Cymbeline, The Bungler, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, The Comedy of Errors, The Chairs, Great Expectations, Waiting for Godot, Loot, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Hollywood Bowl and at ANW among others Other Theatres: South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre, The Old Globe, Laguna Playhouse, West Coast Ensemble, Milwalkee Rep., Georgia Shakespeare, Chautauqua Theatre Co., Ensemble Theatre Co., Antaeus Theatre, among others Film/TV: 16 productions with I.R.S.Media, PBS, Full Moon Productions, Moviestore Entertainment, Romanian Films Education/Training: MFA in Set and Costume Design at The Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania. Member of the Costume Designers Guild in the USA and Romania

COSTUME DESIGN | Angela Balogh Calin

COSTUME DESIGN | Angela Balogh Calin

Angela Balogh Calin (Scenic Design/Costume Design, Romeo and Juliet; Costume Design, You Never Can Tell) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Set Design: The Dance of Death, Ghosts, The School For Wives, Julius Caesar, The Seagull, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Cyrano de Bergerac (1995), The Country Wife. Costume Design: A Flea in Her Ear, Julius Caesar, Figaro, The Threepenny Opera, The Dance of Death, The Tempest, Tartuffe, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, The Beaux’ Stratagem, A Christmas Carol, Cymbeline, The Bungler, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, The Comedy of Errors, The Chairs, Great Expectations, Waiting for Godot, Loot, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Hollywood Bowl and at ANW among others Other Theatres: South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre, The Old Globe, Laguna Playhouse, West Coast Ensemble, Milwalkee Rep., Georgia Shakespeare, Chautauqua Theatre Co., Ensemble Theatre Co., Antaeus Theatre, among others Film/TV: 16 productions with I.R.S.Media, PBS, Full Moon Productions, Moviestore Entertainment, Romanian Films Education/Training: MFA in Set and Costume Design at The Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania. Member of the Costume Designers Guild in the USA and Romania

LIGHTING DESIGN | Jared A. Sayeg

LIGHTING DESIGN | Jared A. Sayeg

Jared A. Sayeg (Lighting Design, Romeo and Juliet) With ANW: Debut Other Theatres: Credits include designs for theatre, opera, musicals, ballet, themed attractions, exhibits and architectural installations which have been seen throughout the world. Jared is currently represented on Broadway with The Illusionists. Regionally he’s designed for Center Theatre Group, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, International City Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, 3D Theatricals, Reprise, Ensemble Theatre Company, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Virginia Stage Company, The Colony, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey & CLO of South Bay. Notable projects include four seasons lighting LA Opera, lighting Pope Benedict XVI in NYC and the USA International Ballet Competitions. Jared is an Ovation Award and Garland Award winner. He became the youngest member of the United Scenic Artist-Local 829 and serves as a trustee to the executive board.
www.jaslighting.com

ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION/SOUND DESIGN | Martín Carrillo

ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION/SOUND DESIGN | Martín Carrillo

Martín Carrillo (Original Music Composition/Sound Design, Romeo and Juliet) With ANW: Composer/Sound Design, Antigone Other Theatres: Theatre @ Boston Court, American Misfit, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, by Eric Whitacre (Ovation Award 2007), Heavier Than, by Steve Yockey, Romeo & Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, (Ovation Award 2004) Gulls. Pasadena Playhouse: Biloxi Blues, Blithe Spirit, Baby It’s You. Odyssey Theater: White Marriage, Inappropriate: the Musical, Broadway Bound. Theater of Note: Eat Me, Have You Seen Alice. Independent production: Buddy Buddette, Blood Red Lost Head Dead Falcon: The Nibelungen Film/TV: Vanguard Fourth Season Main Title Theme Education/Training: Professor of Sound Design at Occidental College 2014; Artist in Residence, UC-Riverside 2004

STAGE MANAGER | Malia Arguello

STAGE MANAGER | Malia Arguello

Malia Arguello (Stage Manager, Romeo and Juliet)With ANW: Debut Other Theatres: BalletMet: Stage and Company Manager 2011 -2015 – Nutcracker (2011-2014), Sleeping Beauty (2012), Romeo & Juliet (2013), Swan Lake (2013), Rite of Spring (2013), Dracula (2015) CATCO: Equity Stage Manager - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2014), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2013) Kennedy Center: Equity Stage Manager - Barrio Grrrl! National Tour (2010-2011) Wayside Theatre: Production Stage Manager 2003 - 2011 - Christmas Carol (2011), Man of La Mancha (2010), Othello (2006), Tulsa Opera: Assistant Stage Manager – Il Trovatore (2002)Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: Equity Asst. Stage Manager – Proof (2002), Gypsy (2001), Spinning Into Butter (2001), Art (2000) Education: BFA from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University (1999)

PROPS MASTER | Dillon Nelson

PROPS MASTER | Dillon Nelson

Dillon Nelson (Props Master, Romeo and Juliet) With ANW: A Christmas Carol, A Flea in Her Ear Other Theatres: Rogue Artist Ensemble: Associate Artist, Puppeteer/Carpenter for Zen Shorts, Prop Master for Wood Boy Dog Fish. Fountain Theatre: Prop Master for I & You, Citizen, Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek. Covina Theatre for Performing Arts: Set Design for On Golden Pond and The Wedding Singer. Aurora Theatre: Stage Management for Lombardi and Christmas Canteen. Rose of Athens Theatre: Associate Artist, Academy Instructor for 2010-2014, Resident Set Designer/Carpenter for 2010-2014 Education/Training: BA in Theatre, Piedmont College in Northeast Georgia.
www.dillonmace.weebly.com

PROPS INTERN | Ellen Cambruzzi

PROPS INTERN | Ellen Cambruzzi

Ellen Cambruzzi (Props Intern, Romeo and Juliet)ANW Production Intern.With ANW: Debut Other Theaters: Biola Theatre: Associate Artist, Camelot Education/Training: BFA Studio Art in progress, Biola University

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/DRAMATURG | Matthew Leavitt

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/DRAMATURG | Matthew Leavitt

Matthew Leavitt (Assistant Director/Dramaturg, Romeo and Juliet) With ANW: Debut Other Theatres: Writing credits include The Boomerang Effect (Odyssey & Zephyr Theatres, published by Samuel French) and the libretto for Orpheus (LA Opera). Directing credits include Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, The Ladies of State, Human History (Sci-Fest LA), and Goes The Weasel (Ammunition Theatre Company) Education/Training: BA in English, Pomona College

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER | Emily Burst

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER | Emily Burst

Emily Burst (Assistant Stage Manager, Romeo and Juliet/Six Characters in Search of an Author) With ANW: All My Sons (Assistant Stage Manager). Staged Readings: Are You Now or Have You Ever Been and Shakuntala (Stage Manager) Other Theatres: As Stage Manager: The American Century (AMDA Los Angeles), FOCUS Dance Company 2015 HOPE Concert, Myth Adventures (South Coast Repertory), Anything Goes, Cats (Community Performance Series), In The Heights (University of Pittsburgh Stages). As Assistant Stage Manager: Mary Poppins (South Coast Repertory Theater Conservatory’s Summer Players). As Stage Management Intern: The Tempest, Charlotte’s Web, Tristan & Yseult, Peter and the Starcatcher (South Coast Repertory) Education/Training: B. Phil. in Theater Arts, University of Pittsburgh

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER | Ken Merckx

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER | Ken Merckx

Ken Merckx (Fight Choreography, Romeo and Juliet) ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: A Flea in Her Ear, The Threepenny Opera; Julius Caesar; Macbeth; Come Back, Little Sheba; Cymbeline (Ovation Award for Fight Choreography) among others. Ken has choreographed fights and taught actors combat for film and television, and also theatres and universities all across the country. He is presently a faculty member at AMDA in Hollywood and Cal State, Fullerton. Ken is the resident fight choreographer for the Idaho and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater (Cleveland), and A Noise Within. Education/Training: MFA in Acting, the University of Illinois; BA in Theatre Studies, University of Washington

MOVEMENT COACH | Sophie Olson

MOVEMENT COACH | Sophie Olson

Sophie Olson (Movement Coach, Romeo and Juliet) With ANW: Summer with Shakespeare 2015 Instructor Other Theatres: Sophie is a french Canadian actress, dancer and choreographer originally from Canada. Before moving to Los Angeles, she toured the US, Japan and Europe with the Waltz Disney Company as a dancer. Some of her favorite theater credits include: Gypsy, West Side Story, and Lend Me a Tenor. Her recent choreography credits include: So You Think You Can Dance, New Girl, She and Him and Yael Meyer. Sophie is the artistic director of Sophie Olson Dance Explosion, a hip hop-contemporary dance company and S.O.D.E School of Performing arts, a mobile performing arts school.

Excerpts from the playbill

Romeo and Juliet Synopsis
Romeo and Juliet Character Map
William Shakespeare Bio

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    An Ovation Award™ winner for his sound design for Romeo and Juliet at Boston Court in 2004, Martín Carrillo returns to the iconic play with fresh ideas and compositions at ANW this spring. This will be Martín’s sophomore appearance at ANW following his highly lauded work on Jean Anouilh’s Antigone earlier this season. Now he shares his thoughts on the process and the play.

    On inspiration…
    I go where I am led until it’s time to lead, and I don’t think I’m alone in saying that the ways in which I am led can be varied and mysterious. The text is our starting point, so discussions with the director lead us to what the play is saying about humanity and our station in life. Fate and horror are equally at work in the story of Romeo and Juliet, and so is what I call “dread.” The latter concept emerged in early discussions as an important sensation or emotional state that the director and I wanted to convey: that death lurks in every corner, inescapable¬ and impossible to evade. But just as important as this sense of dread—or fate—is the notion that romantic love somehow…READ MORE

THE PERFECT VALENTINE: Romeo and Juliet An interview with Director Dámaso Rodríguez

    Rodriguez, Damaso 150Just like our own first love, we all have our first Romeo and Juliet—experience. What was yours?

    I first read Romeo and Juliet as a 9th-grade student in Arlington, TX. More than the text itself, I remember the Zeffirelli film adaptation that we watched in class following our reading of the script. In 1996, I found Baz Lurhmann’s film adaptation to be inspiring. Shakespeare captures the unifying experience of love and the divisive power of hate.

    This is one of those plays that really lets a director make his mark. What will be special about your “R&J?”

    I’m fascinated by our human “ritual” of telling the Romeo and Juliet story for hundreds of years. Of all of Shakespeare’s plays, I’d propose that the R&J story is the most familiar to any audience—even to those who have never seen or read it—and even to children who have been introduced to the story (consciously or otherwise) via popular culture re-tellings, adaptations and parodies. Audiences arrive knowing the story’s high stakes…READ MORE

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