Rehearsals for the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television production of Romeo & Juliet are under way. Director Brent Gibbs and principal cast members Max Murray (Romeo) and Sydney DiSabato (Juliet) recently sat down with Daily Wildcat reporter Tereza Rascon to discuss their new take on the classic love story.
Gibbs, taking the helm of his twenty-third Shakespeare production, credited a recent trip as his inspiration: “I was driving through the hills of Ohio and it suddenly occurred to me that Appalachia is full of tales of fated lovers who meet untimely deaths,” Gibbs said. “It got me thinking that maybe that might be a fruitful setting for our production and so we are … setting our production in Verona, Kentucky.”
“One of my favorite things about Shakespeare is that you can do so much with it,” Murray said. “These stories have been told so many times that it’s almost like a game to see what new thing you can do with it to make it new and interesting and exciting.”
Romeo & Juliet will have ten performances between Feb. 26 – March 19, 2023, including a post-show discussion with cast and crew on Friday, March 17, and two matinee performances for high-school groups.