Theater Talks: Romeo And Juliet
Join international film star Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings) and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly, The Trip To Bountiful), and Tony Award winnerChuck Cooper (The Life, “House Of Cards”), for our latest installment of Theater Talks at the Schomburg.
While Romeo and Juliet is the most famous love story of all time, this production marks the first time in 36 years that the play has been produced for Broadway. This version of the classic tale retains Shakespeare’s original language but has a modern setting in which members of the Montague family are white, and the Capulet family are black. While race defines the family lineages, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel’, passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time. Shakespeare’s tale sets the two young lovers in a context of prejudice, authoritarian parents, and a never ending cycle of ‘revenge.’ Against this background, the strength of their love changes the world.